Veteran Resume Makeover: How To Tailor It To Online Job Search

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Like many military veterans, Jess Doe (a pseudonym) had trouble articulating the responsibilities of her civilian job. Her single-page resume (below) reflects that problem. Doe's most current position, for example, as an assistant instructor at a taekwondo studio in Wisconsin, lists but two responsibilities and lacks sufficient detail.

Her reworked resume lengthens the document to more than a page, but that's fine, says Justin Nichols, associate of veteran programs at Hire Heroes USA, who worked with Doe to improve her resume. The belief that resumes should be kept to one page just doesn't apply in the digital age, when application submissions are more apt to be scanned by computer software than thoroughly viewed by a human eye. Employers need more detail.