Your resume is often the first impression you make to a hiring manager. Format and presentation do matter when applying to defense and intelligence jobs. It’s also critical to include the right keywords, as well as information that highlights your unique certifications, skills, military experience, and security clearance.

Whether you’re starting out in your career, embarking on the journey to reinvent yourself, or attempting to make a successful military transition, we have your back with our defense industry and federal contracting resume database. It’s all about creating a solid first impression and making it through the applicant tracking system and recruiting rounds. A polished resume can help you do that. Some of our resumes were more popular than others in 2020, which shows which skills are most sought after this year.

1. Intelligence Analyst Resume Sample

My personal favorite. You enjoy converting raw information into mission essential reports used to conceptualize within the U.S. and foreign nations. You analyze complicated situations and have an aptitude for identifying intelligence gaps, assessing all of this information from multiple sources, evaluating trends and interpreting all of these entities. The intelligence analysis umbrella includes a variety of disciplines and necessary skills.

Every military branch has their own intelligence analyst Military Occupational Specialty (or counterpart), and these individuals make up a huge part of the national security apparatus following their military service.

2. Cyber Security Resume Sample

Cybersecurity is hot right now, and it will be for the future as we know it. Safeguarding private sector and our defense networks is a critical aspect of ensuring that our nation and citizens remain safe.

Not only is employment in this field extensive, but policy is following behind to make sure that every entity in national security is working together toward the same mission. Whether you need more certifications or education, the options for advancing in cybersecurity are many.

Use this template and take a look at the almost 5,000 cybersecurity openings at ClearanceJobs.com.

3. Program Manager Resume Sample

Every team needs their fearless leader. And every government project needs that catalyst to keep things moving forward. Coming in at #3 is our Program Manager resume template.

How do you translate your skills from very specific programs to work across multiple job applications? How do you transition from working in the programming trenches, to leading a technical program for a DoD customer?

This resume template can help, especially if you need to translate your skills gained from active duty and into your contracting career.

4. Administrative Specialist Resume Sample

Administrative personnel are very important cogs in the national security wheel. While it might not be the most glamorous of roles, it’s actually how I got my start in the DoD and is an excellent way to get your foot in the door, get to know an agency, or network with future employers.

For younger generations, it also serves as a chance to see what you may like in the business world. Administrative specialists can where multiple hats, support several departments, and get a feel for what they enjoy in defense and want to pursue.

It’s no secret why this profession came in at #4 on our resume list.

5. Logistics Support Specialist Security Resume Sample

As the nation’s combat logistics agency, the Defense Logistics Agency manages the global supply chain from raw materials to end user to disposition for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, 10 combatant commands, and other federal agencies. Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, VA, DLA is a worldwide operation. Wherever we have a military presence, the DLA is there to assist.

With 2,695,457 military and civilian personnel working across the US, the DLA supplies 86% of the military’s spare parts, and nearly 100% of fuel. They also supply almost every consumable item the US military needs such as food, clothing, protective gear, medical supplies, and construction materials.

But, other agencies require logistics personnel themselves, as well. Logistics opportunities are far and wide across the US within the DoD.

PUTTING YOUR RESUME TO WORK

Now is the perfect time to start the job search if you have been on the fence or are just interested in passively networking.

While COVID-19 has changed the way we work (or telework), it has also changed the way we network and look for new careers…in an amazing way. If you’re ready to take the leap, read up on these tips and tricks for job seeking in a virtual environment, and register for our upcoming virtual events here.

 

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Katie Keller is a marketing fanatic that enjoys anything digital, communications, promotions & events. She has 7+ years in the DoD supporting multiple contractors with recruitment strategy, staffing augmentation, marketing, & communications. Favorite type of beer: IPA. Fave hike: the Grouse Grind, Vancouver, BC. Fave social platform: ClearanceJobs! 🇺🇸