If you served in the military, you’ve lived and worked in environments that are specific to the military culture.
The skills you developed as a service member are truly valuable and in high demand, but describing those skills to a prospective employer can be difficult. For instance, you may have trouble communicating without using military jargon or are unsure of how to bridge the culture gap that exists between military and civilian workplaces.
A recommendation letter plays a specific role in the world of Human Resources and employment. It's occasionally needed, but never preferred. Employers would rather speak directly with the former supervisors of their prospective employees.
However, employers realize that direct communication is not always possible - hence the importance of the recommendation letter.
Writing your very first resume can be a daunting process. And it doesn't help to know that recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing a resume before they make the initial decision on candidates, according to research conducted by TheLadders, an online job-matching service for professionals.
The most important things to think about when you're creating your first resume are your job goals and your audience.
It seems that almost everyone is in midst of a career change of some sort. Good people of all ages and experiences are interested in doing something new, something different or aspiring to something at a high level.
Part of the process of moving up or moving on involves a hefty amount of self-marketing, and it’s at this point where we attempt to share who we are and what we bring to the table that we often fall short.
Whether it’s our online profiles or the summary section on our resumes too often, we resort to weasel word and jargon filled sentences that self-describe us as some kind of superficial super-beings with command over everything in the management and leadership universe.
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