Step 03

Make Your Resume Rock

Best practices for building your post-military resume

The most important thing to know about resumes is that 95% of what people worry about doesn’t matter - fonts, paper stock, etc. That’s because a resume is usually only consumed by two entities:

So to make sure you focus on what actually matters, grab the Shift template and then focus on these two points:

1) Resumes Need Keywords

As described in the last section, the recruiter doesn’t have time to figure out what you did in the military (and the ATS doesn’t have the ability!). So it’s up to you to feed them the exact words they're looking for. The best place to look for these are written in the job description itself! Use the organizations language to align your experiences.

2) Resumes Need Results

The other cardinal resume sin is to omit the actual results of your work. Don't just list what you did (e.g., “Oversaw project timeline and delegated tasks to teammates”) and gloss over what you actually achieved (e.g., “Oversaw $55 million project with 125 stakeholders, delivering the new equipment 15% under budget and a month ahead of schedule”).

So make sure that every single bullet focuses on what made you special since that’s what will catch the recruiter’s eye in their seven-second scan. Here are three of the most powerful ways to do so:

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