Military Resumes

Written by Adam Blau
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For those who have experience in the military and are entering the civilian workplace for the first time, it is necessary to compile military resumes that translate to hiring managers in the civilian world. The military tend to use some industry-specific jargon that is not always recognizable to non-military folks. If you have been in the military, it is often helpful to show your resume to people with absolutely no military experience in order to be sure that your explanations are clear and understandable to laypeople.

Some members of the military worry that their experiences and training won't translate accurately on a resume. If done correctly, this could not be further from the truth. Military training provides people with valuable leadership skills and the ability to make important and informed decisions very quickly. These items, showcased properly on military resumes, can provide a job applicant with an edge that those without military experience could never dream of.

Writing Effective Military Resumes

Apart from clear language, military resumes should list any specialized training you have received. There are very technical skills that one learns in the military that may be applicable to the job for which you are applying. If you are applying to an electronics company, for example, you should include any and all experience you had with electronics in the military. You should even include those skills that might remotely relate to civilian experiences.

Though they might not appear immediately relevant, you should list any awards and achievements you attained while serving in the military. These awards are supremely important on military resumes, as they display leadership skills and dedication to a task. Companies look for these qualities from an applicant, and demonstrating them as a defender of your nation is a sure way to prove your worth to a company.


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