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When you dust off your professional resume, your first step should be to ensure your format and content are inline with accepted industry practices. We’ve gathered our team of resume experts to review this US Navy officer resume sample and make suggestions for improvement. To bolster your resume, incorporate the advice and tips into your revision and you’ll be well on your way to securing your next interview.
Streamline the Summary
The professional summary section offers you the unique opportunity to utilize a paragraph format, but keep your complete sentences in your back pocket. This section calls for 4 to 6 longer phrases written from the first person perspective, but leave all pronouns out. In the sample, the officer is inconsistent with his syntactical format. Remember if you are unsure of the proper format, be consistent with whatever formatting you choose. A revised summary might be: Decorated military service member transitioning to the position of a US Coast Guard Officer. Highly motivated professional who is devoted to excellence and seeking new leadership challenges. Committed US Navy Officer with expertise in improving efficiency, resolving problems and providing exceptional leadership. Organized military service member with achievements in operations and personnel management. Notice that the professional summary doesn’t contain excessive detail. Instead, it focuses on the broad scope of your professional merit and abilities. You’ll be able to expand upon these summary points in later resume sections.
Bullet the Experience Section
Your experience section is your chance to show off your experience and give greater detail concerning your merit. That said this should be the easiest section to scan and glean information from. In the sample, the candidate uses a paragraph format for his experience descriptions. Standard practices dictates that this officer’s short phrases should be bulleted. Each entry should contain at least 5 bullets and no more than 8 points. A revised first entry would look like: US NavyMay 2007 to August 2009 Petty Officer Third class San Diego, CA
Each phrase should end with a period and start with an action word. If you list a current position, be sure to use the present tense since you are still performing those duties. Should you need to shorten your entries, remove points that don’t translate well into your new position. For example, if this officer is applying for a financial position, he should remove the last bullet from the above entry before sacrificing the 4th point.
Use Bullets in the Education Section
In your resume, you want to make everything as easy to read as possible, which translates to using bullets. The education section is no different. This naval officer lists his relevant course work and GPA, which is especially relevant since he just completed his degree. However instead of simply listing this information, he should utilize bullet points for extra readable formatting. A revised entry would look like: American InterContinental University2012 Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering Weston, CA
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