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From Military to Civilian: Resume Translation

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You've served your country proudly and now it's time to move on professionally. More than anything, you want your transition from boots to suits to be a smooth one. You want to land a good job that pays well. The only thing standing in your way is your so-called resume. Explaining to would be employers what you did in the military in a way that makes sense to them can be difficult. Often, skills, experiences and accomplishments get lost in tr... more

Translating Your Military Resume for a Corporate Audience

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By Mary Ryan, Associate Director of Career and Leadership Services for Working Professionals at MBA@UNC, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School's online MBA program As veterans make up 29 percent of MBA@UNC's student population, I work with many students on translating their military resume so it makes sense to a civilian audience. Many of these students, who have incredible experience, worry that nobody will understand or value the work th... more

10 Steps to Make Your Resume a Job Magnet


When looking for a job, you have to remember that potential employers have no way of possibly knowing all of the amazing quirks and accomplishments that make up who you are. There is no way to convey all of that in a resume, so you must sell them on the version of yourself that are able to present. Your resume is not simply a list of everything you have done. It should be seen as a way to show potential employers the version of you that... more

From Combat to the Private Sector: 4 Resume Tips

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After leaving the military, many servicemen and women must find their first private-industry job or consider using their combat experience to advance their previous careers. One of the most difficult challenges in making this transition is translating military experience into marketable private-industry skills on your resume. Military experience can be simplified by the following four straightforward principles: 1. Skip the Acronyms Acr... more

Should Veterans List Military References?

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In early October, as I was sitting on an employer summit panel for Fleet Week at the Marine Memorial Hotel, a question circulated the room about employer references. A commander stood and asked if it was a good idea for transitioning service members to provide references from their military past, and if so, who should they list? The plain and simple answer is that veterans should absolutely list colleagues and superiors from their time in... more

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