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The best resumes are reviewed and compared against other resumes from the same industry, to see and avoid common mistakes and errors. Our experts have done most of this work for you by reviewing this US Army Office resume sample and describing the changes that need to be made. Remember these strategies for when you write your resume.
Avoid using personal pronouns anywhere on your resume
A resume is describing a job candidate from a neutral, outside perspective. While it is fine to make yourself seem competent, statements from ones own perspective are better for a cover letter. Think of statements in your resume as first-person sentences with the personal pronoun removed. There should not be a Profile section in a resume, but rather a Summary.
A summary should address an overview of your experience, two or three major skill sets, and some valuable personality traits/soft skills
A summary is an opportunity to provide a general overview of the breadth of your experience as well as highlight a few things that you want to really stand out to your potential employer. Describing ones history of education can be done in the Education section, unless this training really provides the candidate a unique selling point. WRONG: Profile I became a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army April 2010 after 12 weeks of training at Officer Candidate School. I attended Quartermaster Basic Officer Leader Course and Mortuary Affairs Officer Course prior to my embarkment to Fort Campbell, KY. I immediately delved into the Logistics field and managed multifunctional areas throughout my career. RIGHT: Summary Commissioned Officer in the United States Army since April 2010 with extensive training and leadership talent. Delved into the Logistics field and managed multifunctional areas throughout career. Specializing in analyzing logistic elements of an operation. Seeking to continue serving in a position of increased leadership and responsibility.
All lists should be in bullet point format
Bullet points will make it easier to read your resume as well as draw attention to the areas where the details are included. Both the Accomplishments section and the Experience section in the sample can have bullets added to the points included. WRONG: Accomplishments Brought the Supply Support Activity warehouse into compliance. Trained 30 subordinates on various cargo handling procedures essential for deployment to Afghanistan. Coordinated reset operations for redeployment. RIGHT: Accomplishments
Separate information into appropriate categories
If you have taken any special courses or training, or received any kind of licensure, these should go in the Education section. Putting all of this information in the summary at the beginning of the sample makes the applicant seem fresh and inexperienced, and gives the impression that they are still learning rather than that they are highly experienced and qualified. Notice how in the above example the bits about education were removed from the altered summary. The Education section can also be reformatted. WRONG: Education 2009 University of Washington Tacoma, WA Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration Concentration in Finance 3.67 GPA; Graduated Cum Laude 2007 Pierce College Lakewood, WA Associate of Arts: Business 3.83 GPA RIGHT: Education
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