Resumes for Defense Employers – Recommended Format

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Resume Format

There are various kinds of resumes for various kinds of jobs. It is easy to get differing advice on format and style. That advice is not necessarily wrong. It usually represents the industry focus of the presenter.

Our industry: defense and intelligence.

When in doubt, ask: what format would you like my resume to be in?

A style of resume that is highly popular among ‘defense contractors’ is the chronological.

Keep it simple: White copier paper, left aligned, font size of 11 or 12, Arial or Times New Roman font, and a line return (blank line) between paragraphs and/data elements.

Example:

William Candidate
(703) 555-1234 / Staffing@ICCONX.com
Sometown, Virginia

Objective (Optional): Seeking mid-level position as _____. Strong expertise in ___, ___, and ___.

Certifications: Top Secret SSBI / BA, MPA degrees / CCNA, MCSE

Professional Experience

2014 Apr – Present: Job Title, Company Name
Overview of scale and scope of responsibilities. Keep this as brief as possible. Names of software, systems, and key tasks performed should be included.

2009 Feb – 2014 Apr: Job Title, Company Name
Overview of scale and scope of responsibilities. Keep this as brief as possible. Names of software, systems, and key tasks performed should be included.

2006 Jan – 2009 Feb: Job Title, Company Name
Overview of scale and scope of responsibilities. Keep this as brief as possible. Names of software, systems, and key tasks performed should be included.

Prior to 2006: Summarize your professional experience older than 10 years ago in an information-rich paragraph. Do this even if it means squeezing 20 years into 75-100 words maximum.

You should have a secondary long master resume that expands on your entire career, but that should not be the resume that you submit to a recruiter. Have it as a record for your own reference. It may come in handy at some point.

Education: 2011 MPA, University of Oklahoma; 2007 BA University of Maryland

Keywords: P-3 Orion, TRQ-32, MOS 352C, NSA, Czech, German … list keywords that represent you and your experience that may be of interest to an employer. Leave out religious and political words – not appropriate for applying to a defense and intelligence job.

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