As you review these military resume samples and start putting your profile together, you'll need to think carefully about the nature of the position you're searching for. You'll also need to do plenty of research. Military resume samples only really have one thing in common: the applicant's past. Every applicant's future will look very different based on the position he or she wants to step into. In this particular resume category, our advice will focus on making the most of where you're coming from; where you're going will be up to you. For example, your message will vary if you're looking for work as a grade school teacher, a paralegal, a police officer, an EMT, or an office manager.
Even within your target industry, you'll need to align your resume with the requirements of a specific job. Review these military resume samples and look for similarities that may carry over and apply to your own set of goals. As you do so, you'll notice that most of these military resume samples can be divided into the following subheadings:
ﾷ Resume Summary
ﾷ Education Section
ﾷ Work Experience Section
ﾷ Skills Section
What's more, most resumes can be separated into one of two major formats. As the military resume samples illustrate, you can choose between a chronological layout that presents each previous position in order of occurrence, or you can choose the functional layout, which emphasizes skills and abilities rather the dates and details of former jobs. You can also choose to mix these two styles and present a hybrid format which doesn't quite fit into either category but still gets your message across.
In most cases, civilian employers find the functional format easier to use and understand than the chronological format when they're reviewing the resumes of current and former military personnel, so this may be the most effective presentation depending on your needs. Look for more information about these three options under the work history subheading below.