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Before applying for a Navy Engineman position, you have surely undergone some specific training, and you are likely an experienced member of the professional workforce. While this bodes well for you, it also presents the challenge that your competition for the job will have similar backgrounds. In order to beat them, you will need to present yourself in the best way possible. We analyzed this real Engineman resume to show you how to polish your document before you submit it. Make use of this advice and you can build a resume that will highlight you properly and help a hiring manager make the right choice.
Fill up the highlights section
This example provides some excellent learning opportunities. The highlights section is empty. The few points listed are not enough to merit an entire segment of the resume. The format makes it look like there is only one highlight at a quick glance, which is all you can expect from most hiring managers. A few simple changes can transform this into the strongest part of the document. First, always use bullets for lists. It makes them much more appealing and easier to read. Second, every list should aim to have five to eight points. If you feel more points are necessary, make sure to create multiple columns that follow the five-to-eight rule. Wrong: Typing – WPM 45Windows, Internet, and E-Ma Right:
In this example, the few points listed would have failed to fill the page, so a second column was added. The visual improvement speaks for itself.
Work experience needs to be strong
You do not have to have the most impressive practical experience to have the best experience listing in a resume. The key here is two-fold. Stick to the principle of five to eight points per listing, and try to provide specific examples of why your experience is valuable. Data management paints much less of a picture than handled thousands of daily data points for international logistics using Microsoft Excel. While the second example may not apply to you, it should highlight the benefit of being detailed in your explanations. These are not job descriptions. They are the highlights of your real-time experience, and they are often the most important part of your resume in the eyes of an employer.
Avoid using personal pronouns
It is easy to try and write a summary in the first person. Resume convention dictates that you should adhere to very specific formatting rules. The summary should read like a quick sales pitch of why you are right from the job. It should be in the first person, but you should not use any personal pronouns. The resume is clearly about you, so adding in I or me can actually come across as being too emphatic on yourself. You can avoid appearing self-absorbed by following the norm in this case. Wrong: I am a highly motivated individual with a proven ability to learn quickly, create, implement and maintain procedures both old and new in any environment Right: Highly motivated individual with a proven ability to learn quickly, create, implement and maintain procedures both old and new in any environment. These tips should get you started. If you want help the whole way, check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.