If you served in the military, whether it was 15 months ago, or 15 years ago, don’t forget to include that experience on your resume. In fact, I like to give it a mention as close to the top as possible (in the summary), or even in the cover letter. No entity provides disciplinary training quite like the military. Today I was reading through job search articles and found one titled, “Military Discipline an Employment Advantage.” Apparently, I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I grew up in a military household. I saw how disciplined my dad was with his time and resources. I also noticed how much he appreciated life after serving in two wars, and that he never bragged about his accomplishments. Employers seek out these traits in candidates.

So if you did serve in the military, include your highest rank when you were discharged, a description of the job duties, and any special recognition you earned. If it was a very long time ago, ask a professional resume writer to help you figure out how to list it without making you look like a fossil.

Best to you in your job search!

–Susan Geary / Certified Resume Writer / 1st Rate Resumes