Stressed about writing or editing your resume? Don’t be!
Transitioning out of the military is a monumental event, just as one enters the service, but now you are becoming a civilian again, or maybe you have been out for sometime and need to polish up your resume. Resumes are vital for employment and there are thousands of different ways, formats, and templates to use to create one that fits you. Because of this, it can be very overwhelming. There are businesses out there that will charge you a fee to help generate a tailored resume just for you. But what if you don’t want to use a paid service and are tired of endless google searches for examples? I have a great recommendation: ResumeBuilder.com!
What’s the catch?
There is no catch, nor are there any fees. ResumeBuilder.com is a one-stop-shop for your resume/cover letter needs. There are countless examples in different career fields to choose from. These resumes are tailored to your desired field of interest and these examples are not simply junk, but backed by a team of certified resume writers, experts, hiring managers, and employers that assess resumes and job posts to make sure what our results are accurate and have the best chance for getting the job you want (ResumeBuilder.com)!
Well what about the Vets? Is it tailored to what we need to take our military jargon and transfer over to civilian understanding? Yes. Military-to-Civilian resume section offers downloadable examples, resume text version, and resume tips from experts. Why make this process complicated? The team from ResumeBuilder.com has made the information easy to read and understand.
Want to create a simple resume? Use the Resume Builder App
So you might not want to read all the information provided in the link above (but I recommend you read it!). All you want is to generate a simple resume and input your own information. Great! The website has a resume builder app which offers a simple step by step guide in filling out your information. Also, it has 4 templates to choose from. You can generate as many resumes as needed. You can also download them and save them online through the website by creating an account.
Cover letters? What’s that and is it needed?
Cover letters are not always needed but it,s a way to stand out amongst a crowd of other resumes! A resume shows your experience and educational background, but a cover letter reveals your personality. Every carefully drafted word from your cover letter creates a visual image of who you are, so recruiters understand why you deserve an interview. In fact, more than 8 out of 10 executives consider cover letters an essential part of the hiring process. Skipping a cover letter may decrease your chances of ever landing an interview, let alone the position you want (ResumeBuilder.com).
Guides, Guides, and more Guides!
So I covered the basics earlier on what the main areas of focus are on the website are. But there is more that they offer. Other resources they offer included but not limited too: How to Get an Internship, Letter of Recommendation Examples, Thank You Note Examples, How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile, and more. Worth cruising through these guides, it will better help your future career aspirations.
Why this topic on a mental health website?
In September 2021, the veteran unemployment rate was 3.9% up from 3.8% the previous month. The comparable non-veteran unemployment rate was 4.8% in September (US Dept of Labor). Not being able to secure a job after having a long term employment guaranteed position with the military can affect Vets in different ways. Depression, anxiety, anger, and hopelessness are just some of the emotions that flow through a Vets mind. Now compound that with any mental health conditions that were developed during military service, well, doesn’t take a doctor to figure out that this isn’t a good combination. A 2020 report indicating that for every 5% increase in the national unemployment rate, as many as 550 additional U.S. veterans could be lost to suicide annually, and 20,000 more veterans could suffer from substance use disorder as compared to pre-COVID levels (Cision). There is an uptick in veteran support programs across the nation in recent years, but it can be better.
Lack of job+poor transition support+mental health=Homeless Vets
Homeless Veterans are more common than realized. Crazy to think that citizens who sacrificed their freedom to serve and defend this country would end up not receiving the support they need upon leaving the service and end up having to live on the streets. CRAZY!! Historically, national policy failures have meant that veterans are more likely to experience homelessness. In 2019, 21 out of every 10,000 veterans were homeless. This number is only slightly higher than the overall homeless rate of 17 out of every 10,000 Americans (National Alliance to End Homelessness). Vet services and programs have been increasing over the decades since Vietnam. Hard lessons were learned at the expense of many Vietnam Vets not having a support system like we do today upon exiting the service.
However, even today, veterans do slip through the cracks of the transition system or fall on hard times after working in the civilian sector. We need to help each other and educate each other on the benefits out there. Hence, why I will share information that can help other vets that fall out side the mental health field. As always, I am not paid or compensated for this review in anyway by the website. This is of my own free will. I would like to extend a special thanks to Laura Jacobs, Outreach & Communications Coordinator with ResumeBuilder.com, for reaching out to me about adding the website to my Resources page.