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:
How It Would Look on a Resume: I arranged housing for new families on the base and assisted with soldiers making a Permanent Change of Station (PCS).
How It Would Look on a Resume: Diagnosed mechanical problems in aviation equipment. Installed, maintained, calibrated and repaired sensitive navigation devices.
How It Would Look on a Resume: PEOPLE SKILLS: Prepare and present oral and written briefings, reports analyses and recommendations to senior managers. Effectively communicate team strategies, goals, objectives, work plans, work products and services.
In a resume, campaigns and operations can be highlighted just like a private-industry project. When describing your service, don’t be afraid to mention the overreaching operations in which you participate. You can also include a special “Record of Accomplishments” section to illustrate your dedication and ability to contribute to a broader mission.
How It Would Look on a Resume: RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Operation Iraqi Freedom -- Supervised three personnel engaged in managing the scheduling of more than 13,000 passengers and 30,000 pounds of equipment for air transportation. Manifested, prioritized and scheduled all flights for personnel and equipment moves in and out of Baghdad.
Translating your military experience for private industry is challenging but not impossible. These four principles can help you overcome roadblocks. Remember that your contribution in the service was part of a much larger campaign and mission. If you can serve your nation, you can do anything. If you're truly struggling, also consider having a resume professionally written for you.
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