Investigator Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 22,273 Investigator resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing an Investigator Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Child Abuse, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write an Investigator Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Investigator CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand investigator skills. Below we have listed the top skills for an investigator : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for an Investigator
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 22,273 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for an investigator job required by employers is 2.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average investigator job listing asks for 2.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average investigator candidate have?
The average investigator resume contains 6.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your investigator skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from investigator resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Work Force Advisor (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Investigator
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Human Services
  • Interview clients to assess eligibility for Food Stamps, Medicaid and TANF.
  • Determined eligibility for government benefits (food stamps, TANF, Medicaid) for citizens, refugees and other immigrants.
  • Assisted customers by troubleshooting iOS devices, iTunes, iCloud, and Apple Music.
  • Determined eligibility for Medicaid, Food Stamps and TANF.
  • Completed troubleshooting and service on Android, Apple, Windows, and feature phones.
Clinical Research Associate

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Investigator
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Biology
  • Ensured project adherence to applicable FDA regulations and ICH guidelines.
  • Assist Senior CRA with distribution of data query reports for follow ups with CRAs and sites.
  • Develop site specific recruitment plans as necessary.
  • Create DCF/Manual Query's as necessary for clarity of data point, providing guidance to the sites as appropriate.
  • Assist study team CRAs with compilation of Investigator Study File Inventories prior to site visits.
Communications Officer

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Investigator
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Marketing
  • Give Commander Strategic guidance for IT due diligence addressing IT security and IT functionality.
  • Develop fire support plans in accordance with Commander's intent and guidance.
  • Plan and coordinate all fire support for maneuver Commander.
  • Captain, US Army Acts as the E Troop Commander's fire support advisor.
  • Accessed the state and nationwide databases (NCIC & NLETS.
Judicial Internship

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Investigator
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Law
  • Communicated with clients and opposing counsel to obtain necessary information and documents.
  • Updated file materials and reviewed discovery documents Contacted opposing counsel and proposed settlement documents
  • Drafted international licensing agreements, prepared affidavits of chain of title, and managed outside counsel in resolving disputes with co-producers.
  • Prepared appellate brief in bankruptcy matter and filed with appellate court.
  • Drafted Chapter 7 & 13 bankruptcy documents.
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Investigator job openings don't necessarily require a 4 year degree. Looking at our data, we found that the majority of investigator resumes listed an associate degree (typically 2 years) as the highest level of education.
Overwhelmingly, those applying to investigator positions majored in Criminal Justice. Some of the other common majors that appear on investigator resumes include Business, Psychology, and Law.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Investigator Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Investigators. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Investigators to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%