3 Tips to Build a Standout Resume

AFA has created a jobs board—a new member and community benefit—filled with thousands of job listings curated specifically for veterans and military spouses in the job market.

We know that transitioning from the military to a civilian career can be a daunting process and not having a polished resume can make it even harder. Let us help make your search a little more gratifying with tips to make your resume stand out from the crowd. Take a look below at the advice from Danielle Hawkins, AFA’s Human Resources Coordinator.

The first thing you need to do when crafting your resume, says Danielle, is to make sure your contact information is up-to-date, clearly visible, and consistent across all documents. Hiring departments typically receive more than 100 applications per open position, so make it easy for hiring managers to know how to get in touch with you.

Tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for by using keywords and phrases found in the position description and listing any programs or systems you have experience using. This shows hiring managers that you mean business. Avoid using generalities and be specific.

Lastly, it is important to keep your resume concise. Keep it between two to three pages, recommends Danielle. Since hiring managers have so many to review, be sure to list the specifics and highlights of your career experience so they can get a clear picture of the extent of your knowledge but without getting lost in details.  

Once you’re able to make these simple changes to your resume, you’ll be ready to start or continue your job search with confidence!

Head to www.afa.org/jobs to browse through thousands of jobs posts curated specifically for you. Stay tuned for our next video, where we’ll discuss how to craft a great cover letter.