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Top 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Submit Your Resume
Think your post-service resume is ready to kill? Slow your roll, high-speed.
Before you're ready for prime time, you should run this quick, five-step self-test to make sure what you're writing is what will connect with hiring managers:
1. Am I using the right key words in my resume?
Make sure that the language on your resume matches that of the job description. If a job is seeking people management experience, and you lead a team in the military, then note that you “managed a team of xx.” If the role requires extensive data work, make sure that “data” is a word on your resume multiple times. Eliminate some of the “bullet points” that have less to do with this job, so the person reviewing your resume will focus on the bullet points that matter for this role.
2. Are my years of experience clearly indicated?
Many roles will ask for a specific minimum number of years of experience; it can be important for a recruiter to see this on your resume. If you served for a number of years and also held a number of ranks, split these up and show the date range for each – this will show career progression, and the bullet points under each should reflect the specific experience that the recruiter is seeking.
3. Have I addressed all of the listed requirements?
Every role will list a number of requirements – make sure that any person who looks at your resume can see that you meet every one of these. Have a friend or mentor review your resume along with the job description and ask them if they see how you meet the qualifications from what you have in your resume. If there are any gaps, discuss your background with them. Discussing your experience with others can help you remember a time when you were involved in developing a training program or led a project; which can lead to additional resume material.
4. Have I addressed the preferred qualifications?
Sometimes a role will separate qualifications between "required" and "desired" or "preferred." In these cases, while it’s critical to ensure you meet all the required qualifications, the "desired" is a chance to stand out from the crowd. These can often be more "soft" skills like “experience presenting to a large audience is preferred,” or “participation in a mentorship program desired.” Include as many of these on your resume as possible – in a competitive job market, employers will often look to these elements to differentiate candidates and select the very best to move forward.
5. Have I listed all of my certifications, licenses, registrations, degrees, software?
You’ve worked hard to obtain a degree, certifications, maybe even specific licenses – don’t cheat yourself by not including these on your resume. In some cases, a role will require these; in other cases, showing that you’ve invested in yourself in these ways will show a recruiter that you are serious about succeeding. Make sure to define these in civilian terms, and when possible, relate them to the role you’re seeking.
Chad Gutierrez is a Manager, Human Resources Business Partner at TIAA.
In a move that could see President Donald Trump set foot on North Korean soil again, Kim Jong Un has invited the U.S. leader to Pyongyang, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday, as the North's Foreign Ministry said it expected stalled nuclear talks to resume "in a few weeks."
A letter from Kim, the second Trump received from the North Korean leader last month, was passed to the U.S. president during the third week of August and came ahead of the North's launch of short-range projectiles on Sept. 10, the South's Joongang Ilbo newspaper reported, citing multiple people familiar with the matter.
In the letter, Kim expressed his willingness to meet the U.S. leader for another summit — a stance that echoed Trump's own remarks just days earlier.
Constant deployments broke the Air Force's B-1 fleet. Now the service is facing a major bomber shortfall
On April 14, 2018, two B-1B Lancer bombers fired off payloads of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles against weapons storage plants in western Syria, part of a shock-and-awe response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his citizens that also included strikes from Navy destroyers and submarines.
In all, the two bombers fired 19 JASSMs, successfully eliminating their targets. But the moment would ultimately be one of the last — and certainly most publicized — strategic strikes for the aircraft before operations began to wind down for the entire fleet.
A few months after the Syria strike, Air Force Global Strike Command commander Gen. Tim Ray called the bombers back home. Ray had crunched the data, and determined the non-nuclear B-1 was pushing its capabilities limit. Between 2006 and 2016, the B-1 was the sole bomber tasked continuously in the Middle East. The assignment was spread over three Lancer squadrons that spent one year at home, then six month deployed — back and forth for a decade.
The constant deployments broke the B-1 fleet. It's no longer a question of if, but when the Air Force and Congress will send the aircraft to the Boneyard. But Air Force officials are still arguing the B-1 has value to offer, especially since it's all the service really has until newer bombers hit the flight line in the mid-2020s.
Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran at Verizon committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace. Verizon is a client of Hirepurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company. Learn More.
Verizon values leadership, motivation, self-discipline, and hard work — all characteristics that veterans bring to the table. Sometimes, however, veterans struggle with the transition back into the civilian workplace. They may need guidance on interview skills and resume writing, for example.
By participating in the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program and developing internal programs to help veterans find their place, Verizon continues its support of the military community and produces exceptional leaders.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's media network on Monday issued an audio message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi saying operations were taking place daily and urging freedom for women jailed in Iraq and Syria over their alleged links to the group.
"Daily operations are underway on different fronts," he said in the 30-minute tape published by the Al Furqan network, in what would be his first message since April. He cited several regions such as Mali and the Levant but gave no dates.