If you are preparing of a job that you want with the government agencies take a look at your VMET documentation to help complete your resume or application by gathering the following information:
At the top of the resume, include:
• Name, address, city, state, zip code, U.S. Citizen xxx-xx-0000 (last 4 digits of social security number), Veterans Preference: __ Points (5 or 10 ) Security Clearance: __________ Note the kind of Security Clearance or Note Able to Obtain a Security Clearance Announcement _____________, Job Title _____________________________.
• To complete this section adequately, include job title, branch of the military, city and state where stationed, supervisors name and phone number (business please), address, zip code, starting dates and ending dates (month and year), hours per week and salary. Indicate if your current supervisor can be contacted. Your VMET document is helpful to get this completed. Then list your duties and accomplishments.
If you are looking at a civilian job, prepare your job duties this way:
• To complete this section adequately, add a branding statement across the upper top page of the resume, key skills that demonstrate you as a subject matter expert including how you have made a difference overall in your work history. Include 3 to 9 key skills.
• Then itemize each job area including job title, branch of the military, city and state where stationed, starting dates and ending dates (month and year). Then list your duties and accomplishments in a measurable, specific manner. Be sure that all who view this will find an answer to “how have you made a difference in the jobs that you have had” in each bullet point of descriptors.
• It’s also permissible to add quotes, testimonials in your resume. Depending on your career field, you can add color, a splash of a graphic image or bold.
• Be sure to add your computer/technology skills, associations and awards earned based on merit. Do not, and I repeat do not add all of the awards that every soldier receives. I know. I know. You want to add your awards. But believe me, employers are interested in earned awards and accomplishments.
• Be sure to add your email address as a hyperlink and LinkedIn address is highlighted as a hyperlink. To be competitive, it’s always good to have a professional FB page and Twitter account to help aid your future job search success. Other additions to your portfolio include a bio, one page web site, web resume and a LinkedIn profile.
Today’s workforce is savvy and is looking for job seekers and career changers who are savvy and can demonstrate in their work history that they are geared to solve today’s complex challenges. Any company will love to hire a veteran because your training is impeccable. But you will not land an interview unless you learn how to discuss your skills, work experiences in a language that they can understand. To get more information that job seekers and career changers can use see us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/letmewriteit4u or on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/letmewriteit4u.