Military 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 7,005 Military 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 a Military 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 Military Personnel, 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 a Military 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 Military 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 military skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a military : 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 a Military
Combat, 9%
EAP, 6%
Medal, 5%
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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
How much work experience does the average military candidate have?
The average military resume contains 1.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your military skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from military resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Military
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • United States Navy Good Conduct Medal, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.
  • Presented with Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
  • Received Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Medal.
  • Ensured the efficient supply chain and logistics management in a fast paced environment onboard naval vessels and shipyards.
  • Ordered supplies for naval squadrons via DoD intranet and managed optar accounts
United States Marine

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Military
Some College Courses
Some College Courses - History
  • Coordinated integration of company weapons systems into those of adjacent platoons.
  • Filled in as NCOIC of unit warehouse as needed.
  • Handled all purchase contracts and verified with specific USMC departments upon request.
  • Collaborated with Colleagues on basic foot mobile, and vehicle combat patrols.
  • Served as Head Instructor, Adviser, Safety Officer, Embark Officer, Training Officer, and HAZMAT Responder.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Military
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Instructed military and civilian personnel on CBRN response and emergency management.
  • Sampled and identified hazmat materials.
  • Received and implemented a combat order; directs deployment of personnel on offensive, defensive, and retrograde operations.
  • Received The Bronze Star Medal from the Secretary of The Army for exceptionally meritorious service as a Recorder and Legal Advisor.
  • Received the Iraqi Expeditionary Medal for successful combat operations while deployed.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Military
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Received Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Gold Star in Lieu of 2nd Award - 2008.
  • Awarded National Service Medal SPECIALIZED TRAINING
  • Presented with Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
  • Completed fire prevention and safety training, weapons training, swimming certification and gas chamber.
  • Worked with/qualified on various weapons, cryptologic and electronic warfare equipment.
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Based on our analysis of military resumes, the most common major for military candidates is Business, but other majors made their way in as well. Criminal Justice, General Studies and Management were relatively common.
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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

Military 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 Militaries. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Militaries to learn more.

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