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Making the Most of Your Resume

Your resume is a 30-second commercial that can open the door to an interview, so take the time to make sure it is perfect.

With so short a time to make an impression, your goal should be to create a resume that highlights your skills and sets you apart from the competition. Employers receive hundreds of applications and often use assistants or computers to screen resumes. It’s critical that you tailor your resume to show you meet or exceed the qualifications the company posted in the job description. You want the screener to quickly realize your resume belongs in the "yes" stack. Your well-written resume might be your ticket to an interview.

Before you write your resume, conduct career research so you’ll understand the job requirements and be able to highlight your related skills, accomplishments and experience. Consider tailoring the format and content of your resume specifically for each job.

While resumes may have different layouts, formats and feels, all resumes should include the same basic types of information.

  • Contact information
  • Professional summary
  • Employment history
  • Education history
  • Additional skills

Make sure your resume is in an easy-to-read format with plenty of white space and is free from spelling and grammatical errors. Your resume should be no more than two pages and should sell your skills and qualifications for the position. As a military spouse, you may have concerns about resume gaps, the number and types of jobs you have held or how best to include volunteer or internship experience in your resume. Call 800-342-9647 and ask a career coach for a resume review or for tips to address your resume concerns.

Explore the tools and resources on MySECO to help ease your concerns:

  • Resume Toolkit with tools and resources to help you create a resume
  • Resume Builder to guide you through the process of developing a resume
  • Resume Samples from a variety of industries and occupations all written from a military spouse perspective

You may also want to visit the CareerOneStop Resume Guide where you’ll find tips for writing your resume, help with marketing your resume and suggestions for using internet tools like LinkedIn and Facebook.

If you’re ready to create your resume, click the 'Sign in and get started!' button below, and use the MySECO Resume Builder to develop your resume.

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Have questions about resumes? Call 800-342-9647 to speak with a career coach and get assistance in polishing your resume.

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