What a military-to-civilian resume is

When somebody from the military decides to transition to the civilian sector, the prospect of writing a military-to-civilian resume can be intimidating. As hard as it  appears, translating military experience into a format that will be understandable by civilian employers might be much easier than you imagine.

The main point is to remember that you will be addressing a non-military reader. Military jargon will confuse any HR manager and make him toss your resume. An effective military-to-civilian resume translates military jargon into plain english , allowing the reader to understand what you have to offer.

This includes job titles, duties, certifications, awards and training. For example, soldiers should be described as “staff” or “employees,” while uniforms, weapons and ammo are “supplies.” As inaccurate as it may sound, a private sector recruiter is unlikely to know what a Field Artillery Battalion Operations Officer is – but an Operations Supervisor is more understandable.

If your only have a military e-mail address, get a free account at yahoo or hotmail.  – it makes you look more easily reachable  Once you have written your military-to-civilian resume, pass it around. show it to friends and relatives for review, and ask them if they understand everything; don’t just ask them to look at it.  Have them ask you questions so that you can see what Is not clear.


Gail Esparan