Posted on Jan 6, 2016
SSG Joel Galford
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Capt Richard P.
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SSG Joel Galford You can normally find fellow Marines willing to help. There are lots of education opportunities for it but finding a contact that is willing to help out is a great first start. I've had a number of favors done for me. Be prepared to work, resumes take frequent and challenging revision. A few key points:

1. General concepts: A resume is like a map: too little information and it's useless, too much information and no one will use it. It needs to be brief, to the point, utterly stripped of fluff, numbers based at every possible opportunity. Every bullet must show: action problem and result, the order of these can be changed up, but I recommend Action Problem Result or Action Result and Problem (APR and ARP) so a strong action verb starts every line.

2. In line with #1 Be aware recruiters and highers spend precious little time on most resumes, some even read only the first word on each bullet so make sure the first words tell a story you want told.

3. Have a standard resume to draw from, then pare down to specific jobs and tweak to reflect relevant experience, consider crunching down to one page for these targeted resumes.
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SSG Joel Galford
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Thank you. I will utilized them to the best of my ability
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Capt Richard P.
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SSG Joel Galford I edited and added some broad ideas, if you have a 1 page working resume you'd like some help with in the near future feel free to add me and send a message with an email address and I can take a crack at it.
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SSG Joel Galford
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Will do. Do you have an email address I can send it to?
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SFC Management
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SSG Joel Galford Syracuse U has a hell of a program. I'll see if I can find the specific link(I have but its on my Gov computer). That's what I've been using.
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SSG Joel Galford
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Thank you
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CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
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As a Military Recruiter with a fortune 500 company and the first thing I want to tell you is

1) minimize the amount of people that is reviewing and providing feedback. If you show 10 people your resume you are going to get 10 opinions.

2) The resume is a working document so you will tweak as necessary

3) no more than 2 pages or 10 years of experience

4) Understand the resume is to tell your story on what you touched and the result of what you touched. I see to many servicemembers writing resumes like evaluations.

5) Have maybe 2 formatted resumes one for government/federal, and one for civilian.

6) Know whats on your resume especially if you have someone do it for you.

Dylan
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MSgt Lionel (Leo) Rondeau
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I fully agree with you. When you have a resume reviewed, make sure it is by someone who actually looks at resumes (a hiring manager) or has experience interviewing. They will be able to give constructive criticism on how your resume reads to your prospective employer. If you have anyone else review, focus on their critiques regarding spelling, punctuation, etc.
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What are recommended resources for veterans to help produce the best resumes possible?
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Sgt Joel Galford, below is a couple good resources for services and basic resume templates. Also, LinkedIn offers all Veterans a free one year membership. And, along with some others on here, I would also be glad to review your resume once you've started it and give any suggestions that might be helpful.

https://www.vets.gov/veterans-employment-center
https://specialedition.linkedin.com/veteran-job-seeker/
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SGT John " Mac " McConnell
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Check the local community colleges out. Usually , they can help out on a vast array of needs for free....Good luck.
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SSG Joel Galford
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Awesome, thank you.
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MSgt Lionel (Leo) Rondeau
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There are too many resources out there to recommend just one or two. Many of them conflict with others, but the key is to keep it to 2 pages of no smaller than 10 point font. Target your resume to the position you are applying for. When you look at the job posting, find the key words in the job description and position requirements and make sure they are in your resume. Don't underestimate the soft skills you've learned in your military experience. Everyone is trained to lead and follow, manage programs, be a project manager, and more. Find ways to show those skills as it can make all the difference.
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LT Erik Frederick
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As someone who has been in the civilian workforce for sometime, I see resume's as a brochure to help you get the sales meeting, or in your case, the interview. The problem is, most vets aren't very good at writing resumes as a targeted marketing document and many HR people aren't great at interpreting resumes. Talk about a failure to communicate! Remember: hundreds of resumes get submitted for some of these jobs. A big part of HR's job is to screen them down to manageable number to send to the hiring manager.

So in addition to some of the great responses here, let me offer an additional path: Find a fellow expat! Once you have defined your "mission" in terms of what type of work you want to do and what company you want to target, if the company is of any size, use RP, LI, and FB to try to identify a vet in your targeted company, the more senior the better. Reach out them for help both telling you a little about the company and getting your resume in front of the hiring manager. A fellow vet, particularly one from your own branch, will quickly be able to translate your skills and experience into what the company or job needs. Not every vet will take your call or be willing to help, but so what? It doesn't cost anything to try. For those of you who are on the other side, please take the call!
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Sgt Joel Galford, I just went through the eBenefits "Resume Builder" and it's pretty good (just follow the link below).
https://www.vets.gov/veterans-employment-center/createresume
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CAPT Kevin B.
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Some good recommendations out there. In my mind, if you're looking to pick up a Fed job, mentoring by a hiring official, NOT some HR wannabe, will be more helpful. Preparing a resume that first passes the nonhuman hurdle (RESUMIX) and then would be something a hiring official would be interested in to get you the interview... that's the ticket. In my experience, some of these outside entities are long on "what" and short on "how" and "success". The few I've come across typically have some former HR staffing specialists, but NEWS FLASH, they do process, not hiring evaluations and hiring decisions. So some decent help from actual managers who hire the series you're qualified for is best.

That said, good luck finding them. The TPUs who work well with the HR side should be maintaining a list of "go to's" whom give of their time, typically after hours. If not, they're not properly supporting the SM. Another flash, most don't unfortunately.

We had an announcement for interest on webinar, etc. a couple weeks ago, but I haven't seen any traction come of it yet.

BTW, I was a senior hiring official for engineers, architects, environmental, construction technical types like inspectors, emergency management, real estate, planners, etc. on the facilities side. So the series associated with those I'm very familiar with. Whatever series you can qualify for, there are several must do's and several big no-no's if you're looking to chase Fed work. I'd like to chip in on that webinar if it flies. Good luck.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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Going through tap now, will send the links
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LTC Jason Mackay
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LINKS:
Military Skills Translator and Resume Builder https://www.vets.gov/veterans-employment-center/for_job_seekers
https://hireourheroes.org/veterans/get-started/
Key word searcher to align your resume with the description in the job…some companies electronically vet resumes, including the USG. http://www.tagcrowd.com/#tagcloud
Networking Cards: http://www.vistaprint.com/lp/business-cards-next-gen-no-nav-3b.aspx?mk=%2bvistaprint+%2bcard&ad=b&crtv= [login to see] 9&device=c&psloc=9029020&pstid=kwd [login to see] 9&psite=mkwid%7cj6OzGyz8&iv_=__iv_p_1_a_236440579_g_ [login to see] _w_kwd [login to see] 9_h_9029020_ii__d_c_v__n_g_c_ [login to see] 9_k_%2bvistaprint+%2bcard_m_b_l__t__e__r_1t1_vi__&gclid=Cj0KEQiAtri0BRDLoaCF95e7o_sBEiQA_pgRQ9FfIXtN2DFds7g7_kkptMsA2Xjm_aYFiDDBkKtzG_0aArT58P8HAQ&couponAutoload=1&GP=1%2f7%2f2016+11%3a44%3a43+AM&GPS= [login to see] &GNF=0
Job demographics: http://www.careerinfonet.org/oview4.asp?next=oview4&Level=Overall&optstatus=&jobfam=&id=1&nodeid=6&soccode=&stfips=&ShowAll=
Occupation Outlook Handbook, US DOL: http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=25&id=1%2C11&nodeid=2&soccode=251011&menuMode=&stfips=08&x=49&y=17
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/postsecondary-teachers.htm
Veteran Certification Programs: http://vets.syr.edu/education/employment-programs/frequently-asked-questions/
Skills crosswalk: https://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/
GOOGLE: VA ebenefits and register.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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These folks will write one for you I am told. https://www.hireheroesusa.org/
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