If you are a service member, especially a National Guard reservist, you may have questions about how, or even if, to include your military status on your resume. It’s a troubling question that we get frequently. We often get callers suspecting they missed out on a great job opportunity or a second round interview, suspecting it was due to the National Guard status on their resumes.
Our initial reaction matches their own reasons for including the detail: we’re proud of their service and thank them for it. To us, a reservist suggests a loyal, dedicated, hard-working, and organized individual. What employer wouldn’t want that? But then our “Spidey Senses” go to work—and providing advice becomes a bit trickier.
File this note under practical advice—because while we have a legal response, your gut may tell you that sometimes your service is a huge “plus” on your resume and sometimes you may decide otherwise.