Resume Help/Resume / Jobs issue
Hello and thank you for helping so many people with your expert advice.
I am 33 years old and have been a police officer for a medium-sized agency for the last 8 years.
I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth so I did not get a degree. Through my current job as a police officer, I have attended three community colleges and have many hours of continuing education training and multiple certifications.
It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, so I have had numerous jobs in my history. In fact, my current job is my 23rd job. The explanation for this is very simple: I just didn't know what I wanted to do. I tried some things that didn't work out. I tried some things that were not fulfilling. And of course, I had to work to make money. Some of them very short term and some of them a few months long.
So, after serving as a police officer for one agency, I am looking to move to another agency or possibly into another field altogether. As I said, I work for a medium-sized agency, so the prospects for advancement and opportunity here are limited. I want to seek out opportunities that exist elsewhere to better myself and my family.
My specific question is how do I create a proper and attractive resume? Some agencies and employer obviously want a resume in lieu of an application. Surely I don't need to include every single employer, right?
Which jobs do I include?
Should I only include the substantial jobs that I have had and omit the ones I had to take just to keep myself afloat?
How far chronologically do I go back?
Is there a resume software or font that you would recommend, or is Microsoft's program sufficient?
Given these circumstances, should I use a resume format different than a chronological style resume?
What would you do in my situation?
Thanks again, and all my best.
Sorry for the delay, but this landed in spam.
A resume only has to go back 10 years. So, the fact that you have been at the same position for 8 out of 10 years, should work out well.
I would try to only list 2 other jobs before that time, taking you back ten years, and yes, only include the substantial jobs.
Font should be Times Roman 12, and I would list the most important aspects of your education.
On an interview, if your job hopping comes up or if you think they may do a background check, you can simply say that you have had a stable position for the last 8 years, but have no real opportunity for advancement. That is why you are seeking a new position that you plan on staying in.
Warmly, R. Butler