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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

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

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

5 Resume Tips from the People Who Read Them

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Putting your resume together can feel like working out the alchemical formula that turns lead into gold: it's arcane, aggravating, time-consuming, and there's probably no perfect solution. But do not fret: there are many words of wisdom on the subject. If you're scratching your head about best practices, think about your resume from the perspective of the intended audience: HR staff and hiring managers. Inspired by a piece in Time, we've ... more

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