Military Transition Resume Writing Do's

Especially if you've been in the military for many years, it can be daunting to suddenly face finding a job in the civilian world. Your military transition resume is going to be the first thing most employers see about you, so you're going to want to make it applicable to what you can do for them in the civilian world. That doesn't mean that you can't talk about your military experience (you certainly can), only that you need to translate the skills you learned in the military into "civilian speak" for your prospective employers.
 
In other words, make your list of accomplishments in the military applicable to what you can do on the job for prospective employers. Here's how. Do:
 
·    Be brief, succinct, and to the point -- literally
 
A resume gets about 30 seconds of attention from a prospective employer before he or she either tosses it in the circular file or keeps it for further inspection. Therefore, although bullet points won't necessarily get high marks with other types of writing, they're perfect for a resume.
 
Bullet points are also great because they help organize your resume and make it easy to read. You can list accomplishments, each in a brief sentence, and then briefly describe the skills inherent in an accomplishment with a bullet point list just below. Clear, concise, and easily understood.
 
·    Match up accomplishments and skills
 
It shouldn't be hard to match accomplishments and skills if you do it in the above-mentioned format (brief descriptive sentence, followed by list of skills). Again, what you want to do is to make sure the employer knows what you've done (experience), and how that relates to what you can do for the employer.
 
·    Use keywords
 
These days, military conversion resumes have to be searchable by keyword. Therefore, when you apply for a particular job, come up with some keywords for that job and then use them in your resume. This will make your resume much easier to find online or in a database.
 
·    List jobs held, accomplishments and experience chronologically, most recent to least
 
Employers like to see what you've done in terms of accomplishments from the most recent to the least. Therefore, include two or three jobs, each with a concise heading and description, from most recent to least recent by date.

 

Gail Esparan