Military Spouse Magazine

MAR 2019

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If your volunteer experience is not relevant to the job you are applying for or you have multiple volunteer experiences at the same time, you may want to include them within a separate volunteer section on your resume and solely provide an overview or leave off your resume completely. For example, if you are applying to a job at a veterinarian clinic, include your volunteer experience at your local animal shelter since it is relevant to this job. But if you are applying to an accounting posi- tion, you may want to leave your local animal shelter volunteer experience off your resume, unless you helped with their books. JOB EXPERIENCES THAT ARE ALL OVER THE PL ACE: Military spouses often have to reinvent them- selves at new duty stations, which could lead to job experiences in several different fields. Includ- ing every single position that you have ever held may make your resume appear disorganized. Instead, focus on your most relevant job experiences and highlight related accomplishments from each job. If you started your career as a bank teller, then became a substitute teacher, a photographer, and a customer service representative, and now you are applying to a medical transcriptionist position, be strategic about which skills and experiences to include that can translate to the medical transcriptionist field. You may choose to leave your position as a photographer off this resume and focus on your accomplishments in your other positions that were focused on database, quality control, review- ing portfolios for accuracy, and communication skills. USING THE SAME RESUME FOR EVERY JOB OPENING: Military life is stressful and already involves a lot of documents to keep track of (service members' orders, PCS inventories, housing contracts, pre-deployment official paper- work), so it is easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of documents you have to keep track of. When it comes to your re- sume, however, using the same document to apply to several different positions may hinder your chances of obtaining a job. Ideally, you should have multiple versions of your resume. An easy way to do this is to tailor the top section of your resume to closely match each position that you are applying to. This does create extra paperwork to keep track of but tak- ing time to tailor your resume will show that you are a detailed person who is a perfect match for that specific job. In addition, the elements that are included on a federal resume are dif- ferent than a civilian-sector resume, so if you are applying to both federal and civilian-sector positions, you must have two different resumes. Just like your service member spouse focuses each military mission at hand, you want to be tactical about which positions to include, and how to display them, on each resume you submit during your job search. H Military OneSource / Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO): SECO offers free compre- hensive job coaching services to eligible military spouses. Their resume toolkit includes sample resumes as well as a resume builder. SECO also provides one-on-one career coaching via telephone. Link: CareerOneStop: Sponsored by the U.S. Depart- ment of Labor, CareerOneStop provides an online resume guide. Its American Job Centers conduct free in-person workforce services, including job search workshops and computer access to apply for jobs, across the country. Link: Military Spouse Employment Partner- ship (MSEP): MSEP's goal is to increase opportunities for military spouses to obtain private-sector careers. MSEP currently has more than 360 Military Spouse Friendly partners. Link: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes (HOH): Career Spark, a program of HOH, delivers a web-based resume writing builder specifically for military spouses. HOH also conducts hiring and professional development events for military spouse attendees. Link: LOOKING FOR SOME ADDITIONAL RE SOURCE S? MARCH 2019 / MILITARYSPOUSE.COM 27

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