Officer 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 47,883 Officer 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 Officer 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 Public Safety, 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 Officer 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 Officer 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 officer skills. Below we have listed the top skills for an officer : 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 Officer
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
The work experience section of a resume is all about highlighting the achievements that an employer would want to see. Here are some examples from different Business Analysts

Example # 1


  • Ensured safety; monitored inflow/outflow of visitors/tenants; monitored CCTV Responded and handled all types of emergencies
  • Possess First Responder, CPR, and AED training certificates.
  • trained to lead a platoon of Marines in combat classroom and field training from weapons/tactics to leadership and protocols
  • Obtained firearm, driver course, CPR/First Aid and all other qualifications and certifications without requiring any additional training.
  • Participated in monthly exercise drills to assure platoon ready neediness.

Example # 2


  • Protect the store assets, monitor customers and employees via cctv.
  • Monitored, reviewed,and maintained CCTV equipment.
  • Monitor, operate, review, and respond to fire and security devices and CCTV video footage.
  • served as a counselor to distraught mentally unstable inmates.
  • Provided administrative support to the squadron commander and directing officer.

Example # 3


  • lobby attendant , dishwasher, greeter, window cashier
  • Run both grills during lunch hours.
  • Post charges against guests' or patients' accounts.
  • Cooked and prepared food for Wendy's
  • Make different products Sanitize my work station Empty all trash, clean the store Dishwashers

Example # 4


  • Advised the Battalion Commander and staff on capabilities and limitations concerning personnel and equipment.
  • Planned and implemented policies and procedures to remain in compliance with Headquarters Marine Corps and Department of Defense directives.
  • Reviewed training standards for Combat Marksmanship Trainers (CMT) and Combat Marksmanship Coaches (CMC).
  • Provided all aviation logistic support to 10 combat fighter squadrons flying three different models of the F/A-18 Hornet.
  • Served as the Tactical and Technical fire support advisor the commander of the 7th Marines Regiment.

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We compared 47,883 sample officer resumes with job offers and found that the average years of experience required for an officer job required by employers is 2.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average officer job listing asks for 2.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average officer candidate have?
The average officer resume contains 3.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your officer skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from officer resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
As an officer, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Officer roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of officer resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
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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

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

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