Squad Leader

Squad Leader 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 15,506 Squad Leader 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 Squad Leader 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 Combat, 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 Squad Leader 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 Squad Leader 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 squad leader skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a squad leader : 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 Squad Leader
Combat, 16%
Platoon, 10%
Medal, 4%
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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
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


  • Directed and planned all program services and social services with oversight of 11 staff members.
  • Performed daily revisions of the local ATM's.
  • Supervised over 30 soldiers within a platoon to include daily processing of incoming personnel.
  • Completed over 2,000 PowerPoint presentations used to brief senior leadership on the daily status of the wing's flying hour program.
  • Maintained squadron Performance Evaluation System.

Example # 2

Squad Leader (Part-Time)

  • Planned combat training exercises for unit and ran daily drills.
  • Earned 3 military service ribbons.
  • Lead platoon in daily warm ups and calisthenics.
  • Conducted over 75 raids and 400 combat patrols.
  • Served as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the company intelligence cell.

Example # 3


  • Followed strict company and OSHA safety procedures and guidelines.
  • Operate John Deer 310 and 410 Backhoe
  • General foreman Giraffe operator Mowing operations/ with bush hog
  • Maintained daily logs and paperwork to include DOT records.
  • Maintained a daily legible DOT logbook and submitted corresponding documents.

Example # 4

Squad Leader

  • Received an Army Commendation Medal with Valor, for actions during OIF and OND.
  • Transported hazmat materials and troops to and from training sites.
  • Planned and executed Health Service Support and Combat Life Saver Instruction for over 500 people.
  • Supervised soldiers in maintaining healthy welfare, discipline and excellent morale within squad and platoon.
  • Lead a squad of 8-10 soldiers through numerous situations from training to actual combat.

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Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your squad leader skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from squad leader resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Based on our analysis of squad leader resumes, the most common major for squad leader 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