If you hope to become a warrant officer in the U.S. Armed Forces, you must complete a comprehensive application packet, which includes an official application, letter of recommendation and resume, among other documents. Although many of these files are standard forms that display your eligibility, you can create a resume that highlights your strengths.
Create your resume as a basic word document using a highly readable, universal font such as Arial or Times New Roman. Keep the font black and limit font styles, such as bold text, to highlighting special honors and achievements. For instance, formatting a high GPA, leadership award or other special recognition in bold font will draw the reader's eye to these accomplishments. Stick to the resume format suggested in the packet, starting with your personal information and objective, including your civilian and military education, followed by pertinent military and civilian experience, and concluding with a summary.
Be Specific but Concise
The ability to communicate well verbally and in writing are skills every warrant officer must possess. Use your resume to display your talents in the latter by writing an expressive yet succinct representation of your civilian and military background. Be sure to address the specific Warrant Officer MOS for which you are applying in your resume objective. Along with dates and locations, you should describe your courses or duties along with special accomplishments you achieved in your civilian and military education and experience sections, as well.
Stand Out in the Summary
Continue demonstrating your communication skills in the one- to two-paragraph summary at the end of your resume while simultaneously conveying your qualifications. Illustrate the experience and qualities you possess from which the Warrant Officer Corps and the branch of the Armed Forces with which you are applying will benefit. Avoid rehashing achievements you listed in the education or experience sections, pointing out other notable recognitions you did not previously mention. Close with a statement that asserts your confidence that you have what it takes to succeed as a warrant officer.
Edit, Edit, Edit
The Army's Warrant Officer Recruiting Command recommends applicants start on resumes as they begin the packet, reviewing and revising as they go. Set your completed resume aside for a day or a week before returning to it and then proofread it carefully for spelling, grammar or formatting errors. Ask someone whose writing skills you trust to review and edit the resume for you, as they may discover a needed correction you missed or provide ideas to help you improve the resume before submitting it.
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What are some common red flags that can hurt an application?
In my experience the most common red flags are areas where students either neglected to include information, or entered information that was incorrect, or had one of their parents fill out the application. The former is a sign of sloppiness, the second one is a greater problem in and of itself. When you are filling out an application, you should fill it out completely and accurately. Leaving questions blank can lead an admissions counselor to wonder why the question was not answered. Is there something the student is trying to hide? Doubt is not the first reaction you want a counselor to have when he or she is reading your application. You also want to make sure your information is accurate - even simple things like the name of your high school or your counselor's name should be spelled correctly. In fact, you should double check your entire application for spelling errors before you submit it - EVERYTHING should be spelled correctly. When a parent fills out the application, any number of problems can come of it. Incorrect information, embellished information and if the application is done by hand, it can be quite apparent that a student did not fill it out him- or herself. This is irresponsible and unethical on everyone's part. This is also a situation where the college or university could choose to decline the application altogether regardless of the applicant's qualifications. Complete your applications yourself. If you want to have a parent help you with proof-reading, that's fine, but make sure you are the one answering the questions. When an application is submitted with errors, it says that the student did not spend the time on it that it deserved. It can easily be assumed that the student rushed and did not take it seriously. When the application is filled out by someone other than the student, it says that the student is dishonest. Neither of these judgments are in the student's favor.