Please remember that 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.
There are a wide variety of formats that you can experience in the fields of defense and intelligence.
When in doubt, ask: what format would you like my resume to be in?
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A style of resume that is 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.
Objective (Optional): Seeking mid-level position as _____.
Certifications: Top Secret SSBI (PR YYYY)/ BA, MPA degrees / CCNA, MCSE, PMP
2013 Apr – Present: Job Title, Company Name
2009 Feb – 2013 Apr: Job Title, Company Name
2005 Jan – 2009 Feb: Job Title, Company Name
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 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, SIGINT, Tasmanian, 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.
When you finish putting your resume together
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