Maybe you joined the military straight out of high school or college. And now it's suddenly 10, 20 or 30 years later, you need a résumé to find a new job, start a new career, and start over in a new world.
The civilian world is incredibly different. In the civilian world you have to figure it all out for yourself. No one is there to tell you when to take training classes, where to move to, and what job you will be performing and who you will be supporting.
For federal and civilian jobs, the résumé is a critical document that can make a difference in terms of your earnings, confidence and future for you and your family. The résumé is the most important document you will write after the military service.
Now it’s all up to you. In fact, you have to:
That’s why writing a résumé is challenging. It's more than a writing project. It’s about documenting your military history, finding the information, and then presenting this information so that it is understandable to someone who has probably not been in the military.
The résumé is CRITICAL to your next career. Here's a few recommendations to get you started:
Get professional help if you are struggling to write a good resume that spells out your past experience in a way human resources personnel can review.
Kathryn Troutman is dedicated to helping veterans write great resumes. Kathryn is the President of The Resume Place, Inc. Write your federal resume with Kathryn's 5 steps with the free template sample at www.vetfedjobs.org. Kathryn is also the author of the Military to Federal Career Guide and CD-ROM, filled with successful samples of federal and private industry resumes. The guide is available as a print book and eBook. You can view a federal resume and a private industry resume for six case studies on the eCD-ROM, which costs only $9.95. The samples also include a cover letter for each case, which can help you feature your most marketable skills for the hiring specialist.
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