Resume Tips for Making the TransitionYou're leaving the service and are faced with the daunting task of developing your resume. No doubt your military career is studded with accomplishments, but even the most decorated veteran needs to figure out how to make the transition to a civilian position. Follow these tips to draft a high-impact resume that shows how your military experience is transferable to a civilian job.
Define Your Civilian Career GoalsYou can't effectively market yourself for a civilian job if you don't have a clearly defined goal. Because so many service people have diverse backgrounds, they often make the mistake of creating resumes that are too general to be effective. Before writing your resume, do some soul searching, research occupations and pinpoint a specific career path. Your options are entering the private-sector, federal government, or working for a defense contractor. You can also prepare yourself for all three civilian employers.
We Create Resumes That Speaks your Value to EmployersNow that your objective is defined, you're ready to have your job-winning resume created. Our Master Federal Career Advisors and Master Military Resume Writers know just the right language to demonstrate your value to a civilian employer. Consider having one of the Master’s develop your resume and it could be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make to advance your career search.
Military Resume Writing Tips
- Know the audience you are applying and the skills and experience they require
- Demilitarize all military language
- List your security clearance
- Describe what skills and expertise you specialize in
- Write your resume for your next career not your past positions
- Use accomplishment oriented statements showcasing your individual accomplishments
- Change SSgt to Supervisor, MSgt to Manager, COL to Director or Executive Director
- Keep your resume to one or two pages (less is more)
- List only specialized training that is related and will support your new CareerPro Global, Inc career
- Read over your resume several time and have friends or professionals proofread and proofread again
Showcase Your AccomplishmentsYour military career has offered you excellent opportunities for training, practical experience and advancement. Tout your accomplishments so the average civilian understands the importance of your achievements and the measurable outcomes.
Here's an example of a demilitarized accomplishment statement:
Increased employee retention rate by 16 percent by focusing on training, team building and recognition programs. Earned reputation as one of the most progressive and innovative IT organizations in the Army's communications and IT community.
Here's an example of incorporating a military award so employers understand its value:
Received Army Achievement Medal for completing 400+ medical evaluations and developing patient database using MS Access. The database improved reporting functions and tracked patient demographics, records, medication, appointments and status.