5 Resume Tips for Veterans

Today, I am remembering when I was discharged from the military. It was easy for me to translate my Public Information Detachment experience into my first career in advertising and public relations.

But what if I had been a tank commander looking for a civilian job?

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You’ve spent years of your life serving this great country of ours in the military. It’s now time – you are about to be discharged. How can you translate your skills and experiences into memorable statements that make your resume stand out from the pack?

Tip #1: Target Your Resume

Be specific about the occupation you want. You can translate your military work experience into potential target opportunities at My Next Move for Veterans. Use language in each occupation that interests you to share your experience and achievements.

Tip #2: Display Your Veteran Credentials

Not only do employers appreciate your disciplined work ethics and hard-working attitude, they also realize that your military skills are an invaluable asset to their workforce. In addition, The U.S. Department of Labor now offers employers up to a $9,600 credit for hiring veterans.

When creating your resume file name, make sure to include the word
‘Veteran’, along with the specific division you were in (i.e. Air Force Veteran). Also feature it when listing your name and contact information in the footer/header of your second page.

Tip #3: Feature Results in Your Resume.

Demonstrate your expertise and performance with a few statements. Learn “how to be a STAR candidate.” It ss the simplest way to demonstrate results in which you describe an accomplishment in terms of a Situation you face, the Task to be completed, the Actions you took and the Results you got.

Remember to provide specific examples, results from your time in the military that clearly demonstrate your expertise are encouraged. For your resume, highlight the Situation and show the Results. Don’t attempt to explain how you did it in the resume – that’s what the interview is for. For example:

In the midst of military budget cuts by 10%, streamlined processes to reduce costs by 18%.

Tip #4: List Results in Top Half of the First Page

Given the volume of resumes, most people usually only scan the first page. Give it your best shot right at the beginning. Make it easy for me to find your results.

When I see results that relate to the job I have to fill, I’ll stop and read further or put it in a folder for later viewing. If not, I immediately move to the next resume. Your resume will get an initial 7-second scan – zip, zap, done.

Tip #5: Keep it Simple & Direct

Write your resumes for people who don’t read, but rather scan resumes.

  • Use bullet points.
  • Keep phrases and sentences short.
  • Use a simpler word versus a longer word.
  • List complete thoughts on one line.

The Bottom Line

Resumes that show results get results. What kind of results? Interviews where you’ve set up questions that you can answer how you got those results! Learn more about finding a good job, growing your careers and following God’s calling in our Crossroads Career Work Book.


  1. I would like to add one more tip to the post. A resume should contain the technical words which are related to the post, so that the recruiters can easily shortlist the resume.

  2. Nice post! I really like the tips mentioned above.

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