Military to Civilian Job Seekers

Transitioning from military to civilian life has its challenges. Uncertainty abounds. It isn't simply that you will be working for another company (in most instances). There is more to it than that.

It is a whole host of things that are specific to the military lifestyle, such as social gatherings, a feeling of family, a wealth of programs and activities, shopping, medical coverage and so much more. There is a sense of pride, security and honor that become a way of life when you or someone you know has been in the service.

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As someone recently said, "When I was in the military, if someone had a bad day, it usually meant that someone got killed. Now, in comparison, if someone has a bad day, it means some of our product doesn't get shipped." The change from military to civilian is very different for many people.

While much of that is not to be found in a civilian job, there are SOME similarities in the work done at both military and civilian jobs. When you are able to recognize those similarities, you can better transfer your skills from one job to another.

Those transferable skills are essential. Being able to take the military jargon out of your resume and replace it with civilian language often makes the difference in how long it takes to find a good civilian job.

Most important of all, when transitioning from a military to civilian job market, being prepared is the best thing you can do to ensure that YOU have the edge.

What you will need for each position for which you apply:
  1. A resume
  2. A cover letter
  3. Information about the organization (Research)
  4. Possibly your salary history
  5. Possibly a list of references

You can find a plenty of information about each of those subjects on this site. Read, read and read until you are comfortable with each subject area.

You can do this, too!

Something that will be of immense help to you is the option of viewing a real resume prepared by a service member which was actually used to find a position with a major international manufacturing corporation.

Actually, you can view two resumes. One is prepared in the Chronological format and the other is prepared in the Combination format. It is the same information, but it is shown in two different styles so that you can better understand how your personal history might best be presented.

Military to Civilian Resume Examples

Format #1 – The Chronological Resume format

Format #2 – The Combination Resume format

Which resume you use depends on the information you want to present and how you want or need to highlight certain areas of your background. There is also another format called the Functional Resume format, which you can read about here: Functional Resume Format

The more you read, the better prepared you will be, so peruse this site and the various examples and articles throughout.

Here are some that may be of special interest to you:

Use these Resume Keywords to boost the effectiveness of your resume

Here are a variety of great resume tips

Cover Letters
For an outstanding cover letter guideline, click here

To understand why cover letters are so important, click here

If you are finished reading about changing careers from military to civilian, click here to read about some ways to Boost Your Resume even more It will show you exactly how to make an exceptional resume - professionally and quickly.

You'll also find some outstanding articles in the book which will help you with your cover letter and the interviewing process, too.

Since this book is sold as an e-book, you can print off as many copies of the worksheets and forms as you need to help you through the easy-to-follow steps.

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