The transition from an active military life to a quiet, retired life is not easy. If you are like most ex military personnel and your retirement from the military is just around the corner, chances are you are making plans to join the civilian work force. Congratulations. It’s a great move and you will find that there are tremendous job prospects open to you. The first step towards making the most of the opportunities available is to adapt your military resume for a non-military job. Here are a few tips that will help you.
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Tip #1- Define Your Skill Sets & Your Experience in your Military Resume
Writing a generalized military resume will not help highlight your skills or experience. All military personnel do not have the same responsibilities or job functions. Different military positions require radically different skill sets and the work experiences are just as unique. Keeping this in the forefront, it is important to first define the skills and experience you have garnered through your years in the military and look for a job that is commensurate with these traits. It is only when you have targeted a specific career path that you can go about adapting your military resume appropriately. If you are considering two completely different types of jobs, it is a good idea to have two different resumes on hand.
Tip #2 – Address the Employer’s Needs in your Military Resume
When adapting your military resume, keep in mind that the one thing any employer will look for when scanning your resume is how you will benefit the organization. While you may have had a long and highly successful career in the military, all of your experiences may not be relevant to the job at hand. Listing all of your medals and achievements may end up detracting from your more significant accomplishments. It’s natural that you will want to showcase all of your triumphs but if you do, keep this section short. Don’t let it run into multiple pages. Instead, it is more important to elaborate on those experiences and achievements that address your potential employer’s needs. It should answer the question, “Which of my experiences are most appropriate to the job at hand and will demonstrate to the employer that I am capable of doing the job?” That’s the only information that any employer is likely to be looking for.
Tip #3- Proofread Your Military Resume: Is it Civilian Enough?
Having spent a major portion of your life in the military, it is only natural that you will be more familiar with military lingo. However, not all civilians are familiar with military terminology. When adapting your military resume, it is important that you tone down the military speak so that there is no room for any misinterpretation. Don’t just assume that you’ve got it right. Go out there and test drive your resume by soliciting feedback from your civilian friends and modify your resume accordingly.
Adapting your military resume while keeping these three tips in mind is key to getting called for those all important job interviews.