Special Agent

Special Agent 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 7,317 Special Agent 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 Special Agent 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 Law Enforcement, 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 Special Agent 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 Special Agent 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 special agent skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a special agent : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
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

Communications Officer

  • Operate various communication systems Transfer calls Initiate intercom and wireless pages Execute emergency conditions
  • Perform Data Entry via CAD, LEADS/NCIC, and CRIS.
  • Receive, confirm, and enter pertinent data into a CAD at a high level of speed and accuracy.
  • Stayed with Virtua part time as an EMD / 911 Instructor until 8/05
  • Enter warrants, stolen items, stolen vehicles into GCIC/NCIC.

Example # 2

Enforcement Officer

  • Appointed to membership of TSA Joint Award Committee (JAC).
  • Monitor over 30 Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) throughout different areas of the property.
  • Managed the assignments of fifty seven Military Policemen and twenty Department of Defense (DoD) Police officers.
  • Monitored loading dock, lobbies, parking garage, and CCTV system for ongoing activities.
  • Selected for a Watch Commander position, ahead of peers.

Example # 3

Communications Officer

  • Updated tow/repo entry log Florida State Dispatcher certified NCIC/FCIC certified CPR certified Emergency Medical Dispatch certified FEMA certified
  • Provide professional medical assistance, including first aid, CPR, and other techniques.
  • Assisted the County in being recognized as an accredited center of excellence for Police, Fire, and EMS through IAED.
  • Research and investigated public through NCIC.
  • Coordinated services with the Fire/Police/EMS agencies and units.

Example # 4

Special Agent

  • Develop and report intelligence to facilitate counterterrorism information sharing with state, local, and federal agencies.
  • Supervised the Southern Arizona Terrorism Task Force that consisted of local, state and federal officers and agents.
  • Led community outreach efforts and conducted numerous presentations to companies and groups on the terrorism threat and prevention efforts.
  • Direct supervision of the West Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force.
  • Conducted undercover work to solve Counterintelligence, Counter-terrorism, and Cyber investigations.

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Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your special agent skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from special agent resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
As a special agent, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Special Agent roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of special agent 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