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.
There are four steps you can take to translate the military experience to civilian employment, and a wide range of resources at your disposal to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Step 1: De-militarize Your Resume
The following two steps can be used to de-militarize your resume:
Step 2: Give the Full Picture of Your Experience
Be sure to include examples of the following types of skills:
Step 3: Use Resources for Veterans in Transition
Step 4: Excel in the Civilian Workplace
After you’ve translated your military experience and secured a job in the civilian workplace, it is up to you to do the best job you can in your new career. It’s important to remember that career advancement in the civilian workplace is a matter of excelling in areas that propel the success of the organization. To ensure your success, it is important for you as a former service member to pay attention to three key differences that exist between civilian and military environments:
Although the current job market is very challenging it’s important to stay positive and use the psychological resilience skills you learned during your military career to help you cope with the stress often experienced with job searching.
There are a variety of programs to support you as you transition from your military career to a new civilian career as well as initiatives to help you get your civilian career started.
A few more details can be found in this article.
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