While in the military job hunting was simple. The fact of the matter is that as you switched between positions, you never had to really hunt too hard to find a new job. In the regular world, you are up against an entirely different proposition. Public sector employers are often not familiar with military terms and positions and it is up to you to explain how your military experience can benefit them. As you create your resume to land a civilian job, remember that you need to show your new employers just what you can do in terms that they can understand and relate to.
Here is a step by step guide to help you create a stunning civilian resume based on your military service.
1.Â Â Â Start by creating a list of every position you held in the military. Try to make this list in order from your most recent position down on to the earlier positions that you held. Describe each position and include information such as the length of time spent in each area of employment.
2.Â Â Â Next look at your descriptions. If you knew nothing about the military would you understand what you did? Ask yourself how you can better clarify your job descriptions so that they can be understood by non-military. Avoid military language, abbreviations and terminology. Even revise your job titles to mirror civilian titles for similar positions.
3.Â Â Â Training can really sell you on a resume. Go through your resume and include any training that you received while working in each position. What courses did you take? Did you obtain any special licensing or certifications? Showcase how your training is unique. For example if you were accepted into a prestigious training program mention that of the 100,000 applicants only 100 were selected or other similar facts. This will make your training stand out and will show civilians the value of your experience in terms that they can understand. Also reference completed projects and outcomes whenever possible.
4.Â Â Â You may want to create a special skills section in your resume. While in the military you likely obtained many skills that can directly translate into the public sector. By distinguishing these skills, employers wonât have to pick them out from your job descriptions. They will be able to see in a glance that you have management skills and other desired abilities. Create a list of every skill you have learned and then include the most relevant to each position on a specific resume created just for them.
5.Â Â Â Remember make your skills civilian friendly. If you learned to drive a tank, list your skill as heavy equipment operation not tank driving. Additionally if you learned to lead a platoon, list it as management skills. Each military skill can be translated into civilian terms with a little creativity.Â You may find that you learned more in the military than you previously thought as you go through and create your list of skills. Often one military skill can be divided into several other skills that apply to the public sector.
Draw upon your military experience as you prepare to land your next position. The trick to getting noticed is learning how to highlight what you learned in the military in a way that anyone can understand. You learned a lot while you served, now make those skills work for you.Â Just spend some time creating a great military transition resume to highlight your strengths.