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Showcasing Military History/Performance to Outshine the Competition

RESUME WRITER: Darlene Z.
CATEGORY: Tips on Entering a New Industry
POSTED: June 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

 

Transitioning from the military world can be a challenge, but many candidates find great success in job searches when they are able to target specific companies that search for employees with this type expertise.  Most individuals coming out of the military have valuable experience in leading teams and making strategic business decisions that greatly affect the projects they have been involved in.  Accentuate strong leadership backgrounds to show how you can easily move into management positions.  In the corporate world, employers look for people who can work independently without lots of direction, so focusing on being a self-motivated, disciplined individual is important.  Be sure to highlight the demanding work schedules that the military typically imposes.  Being able to work in fast-paced environments and handle highly stressful situations typically creates an outstanding level of integrity and gives you an above average work ethic that many others don’t offer.

Dovetail what you’ve done in the military to what you can do in the private sector

Emphasize communications skills by showcasing knowledge of various languages and the ability to work with individuals with varied cultural backgrounds.  Highlight your computer proficiencies and technical strengths, eliminating technical jargon that simply does not apply outside of the military world unless it pertains to the job you are applying for.

Many companies specializing in defense, homeland security, and other government markets seek out experienced employees for job opportunities throughout the world, so indicate that you are able to relocate and travel.  When contracts are lost, employees can be required to move as well, so being open to these situations will help a company see that you are the best selection.  Defense companies search for applicants with security clearances and many times individuals aren’t even admitted to job fairs geared towards these industries without one.

Where do you start?

Closely analyze the job advertisements you find interesting.  It is so important to show how your capabilities clearly parallel their job requirements by bringing out the matching skills to indicate your expertise is what an organization is searching for.  This can be achieved not only within your professionally prepared resume, but also in a cover letter.  These documents should highlight the most important aspects of your career and be crafted in a concise, yet informative manner.  A long document that is jam-packed with too much detail simply won’t be read in this tight market.

To conclude, candidates with military backgrounds have so much to offer commercial employers, even those who are not involved in government-related ventures.  By researching potential positions and marketing your most important abilities, you will be able to utilize the best of what you have learned while serving in the military and find an exciting, rewarding career opportunity.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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