Too much military terminology will drive your average civilian Human Resources specialist to discard your resume. A good military-to-civilian resume will translate military jargon into civilian language and thus allow civilian hiring managers to comprehend just what skills you have to offer their organization. This includes job titles, responsibilities, contributions, professional training, and any awards or recognition. For example, soldiers should be described as "staff" or "employees,” while uniforms, machine guns and ammunition are "supplies.” As inexact as it may seem, a civilian employer is unlikely to know what a Field Artillery Battalion Operations Officer is – but an Operations Supervisor is a title that anyone can comprehend.
Military-to-Civilian Resume Writing Service
We can convert your military resume into a first rate civilian resume that will allow you to stand out from the crowd. Some of the factors we keep in mind when writing your military-to-civilian resume are:
• Play up the discipline factor. Discipline, a strong work ethic, and loyalty are some of the most sought after characteristics employers are looking for - we clearly communicate that your military experience works to your advantage while highlighting your work ethic and ability to self-start.
• Stick to the point. We clearly convey the transferable skills obtained from your military jobs. If you worked in communications, for example, and are now searching for a communication job outside the military, we focus on how you developed a new information system.
• Include the right level of detail. When describing the finer points of your job or skills, omit details that would only matter to the military and highlight points applicable to the civilian world.
• Use the right terminology. The military has its own language and terminology that people on the outside don’t necessarily understand. And since the point of a resume is to clearly communicate your skills and strengths, we use non-military ways to phrase your skills. We also make sure acronyms or abbreviations are easy to understand.
• Include relevant courses and training you’ve completed. Remember those IT or management classes the military made you take? Those are very transferable into the private sector. Employers won’t care that the military paid for them; they care about the knowledge you gained.
• Take advantage of your documented evaluations. In the military, you receive constant evaluations of how you’re doing in your job—unlike most civilians. You’ve got proof that you met or exceeded expectations. We'll highlight the numbers and percentages that prove your effectiveness.
• Separate your skills from your achievements. You undoubtedly have many of both as a result of your military career. We'll give hiring managers easy-to-digest information bullets.
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