Resumes

Stratify Yourself

One of the items we encourage our military candidates to put on a resume is a stratification of their ranking among their peer group. We know that may not be possible if a ranking is not mentioned in a performance report (we would highly discourage you from doing so if it couldn’t be documented).  Including […]

Reflections from an Alliance Alum

Today we’d like to highlight a recent conversation we had with Dylan Allen, USMA 2018. Dylan is a former Army Engineer officer that came through the Alliance program and secured a project management position with Vulcraft. He took time to meet with Ryan Wilde to discuss his transition experience.

Approximation vs. Precision on Your Resume

This week’s message focuses on some best practices for reporting numbers in your resume. My experience is that most candidates realize the importance of using numbers to describe their responsibilities and achievements. As a leader, it’s probably been beaten into your head:  you gotta hit your numbers, you gotta hit your numbers. It’s generally understood that using numbers […]

Wasted Space

When teaching resume classes, I like to say that you should treat your resume like a valuable piece of real estate. But here’s the thing: it’s also a very tiny piece of real estate measuring at a mere 93.5 square inches! That’s assuming it’s a one-page resume, which we require at Alliance.  So given this valuable real estate, you […]

The Most Amazing Resume Tip that Broke the Internet!

Now that I have your attention, I apologize. I might have exaggerated a tiny bit.   Perhaps this tip won’t be that amazing, but it’s still pretty darn good. I gave it the snazzy title to illustrate our real lesson for the day: Watch out for hyperbolic descriptions on your resume.    No doubt you […]

Resume Tip: Quantify – but within reason

Most people have heard that it is important to quantify things on your resume.  Numbers don’t lie.  Well actually they can, but that’s another story.  But the point is that quantifying a responsibility or result can help the hiring manager better understand the scale of your achievement. The corporate world is very numbers- and result-driven. […]

Resume Tip: How to Proofread a Resume

If we had better foresight we would have published today’s resume tip two weeks ago. That is, before the deadline for our April conference candidates to submit their first resume draft. If you are an Alliance candidate, we hope you will refer to this tip prior to your first submission because it will make everyone’s […]

Developing Resume Bullets that Pop

One of the most important (if not the most important) goals of your resume is to develop effective achievement bullets. In a competitive hiring environment, it’s not enough to simply describe your duties.  You have to develop strong bullets that illustrate how you excelled in those duties. There are two components to a strong achievement bullet: An Action  A Result. […]

The Secret to a Powerful Resume Bullet

Are you struggling with developing a resume for your transition to Corporate America? Join the thousands of other officers with the same challenge. The key with any resume, whether civilian or military, is to create powerful achievement bullets that demonstrate that you offer valuable skills and have used them effectively to produce a significant impact […]