Military To Civilian Resume Tips

Many people are faced with uncertainty when leaving military service and going back into the civilian world - particularly when it comes to the job market. The fact that you may have been outstanding in your military career might not be necessarily translated to success in life as a civilian unless you are able to transfer that knowledge and experience to a civilian role. One key aspect that will determine whether you can make this transition successfully is the ability to develop a good quality, high impact military to civilian resume.

In order to be marketable in the world outside the military, you first need to begin with clearly defined goals. Many people often make the basic mistake of making their resumes far too general such that so that they lose their edge and do not stand out to a potential employer. In order to avoid falling into such a predicament, you need to identify and research on the career path and suitable positions you wish to follow. If it turns out that you cannot decide which path to take, talk to a career advisor or a recruitment guide who may be able to link your skill set with opportunities in the job market.

Once you have defined what your career goals are you can now begin to compose that all conquering resume. Always look at it from the potential employers view-‘what can you do for me and my company?' If you can effectively answer that for the type of job you are looking for, you are on the right path to securing employment. Find out as much as you possibly can about each employer and job you apply for-what is the job profile within the overall organization hierarchy, what are its key duties and responsibilities and what are the qualifications, skills and experience required.

Be careful to always stick to your goal. Avoid the temptation to wax lyrical about certain aspects of your military service, which may be outstanding in military but irrelevant for the position applied for. An example could be an award received for being an exceptional sharp shooter. Unless the position is in a role that will require you to handle a weapon, this might not be a fact worth including.

Another thing to remember is that you should not assume that your potential employer knows the first thing about the military. Avoid using military terminology such as abbreviations and acronyms in your military to civilian resume writing. To prevent this, once you have drafted your resume show it to people who are non-military and ask them to point out any terms that they do not understand. That said, ensure that your resume highlights the values of leadership, teamwork, positive attitude and any other key skills that you learnt through military service.

Finally, developing a winning resume may take time so keep track on the success rate of your resume. Always ask for feedback, take constructive criticism positively, but more importantly act on it.


Gail Esparan