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Military Resume - Translating Your Skills

Military Resume - Translating Your Skills

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Strategies and Secrets for Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life - http://skyvaultpublishing.com/LDDNet/veteranjobs.html
Strategies and Secrets for Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life - http://skyvaultpublishing.com/LDDNet/veteranjobs.html

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 ==== ====For more strategies, secrets and tips for transitioning from military to civilian life, visithttp://www.skyvaultpublishing.com/LDDNet/veteranjobs.html ==== ====You may not realize it, but you learned to speak an entirely new language while you served in themilitary. It's humorously referred to as "acronym soup." Within that military acronym languagethere are dialects and sub-dialects ...think Army vs. Air Force vs. Navy vs. Marine Corps vs. AirNational Guard, etc. Sure there's some overlap between the services, but does any of it overlap into the civilian world? If you tell a civilian you want to head over to the DFAC to get some MRE's before you go on patrolin your Hummer, they'll probably look at you cross-eyed. Huh ...what?! As with any other "foreign" language, you have to translate your military acronym-speak intocivilian-speak in order for them to understand. The same goes for your military resume. If it's full of jargon, a civilian reviewing your resume (oreven a veteran from a sister service) may not know what you're really talking about. It's vital toyour future that you translate your military skills and accomplishments into plain English. Why? Two reasons. Reason #1: Your ability to land a job depends upon translating your military accomplishments.You must showcase your skills in a language that your potential employer (and their staff) willunderstand. A military transition resume full of jargon and acronyms is a nuisance to a busy employer's timeschedule. Most potential employers will not take the time to find out what your military-speak trulymeans, and will use the inherent confusion to disqualify you ...and discard your resume. If youexpect an employer to read your resume, you must make it readable. When you're writing your military resume, take the time to translate your job titles, skills,experience, schooling, training, awards, and decorations into clear terms that your potentialemployer will understand. Reason #2: To be able to function, and have any hope for success, in your new career you willhave to "fit in." And to "fit in" you will have to speak the language. The language of the military served you well in the service; in fact you had to learn it to be able tofunction within your environment. Now it's time to adopt the language of your new civilianenvironment so you're able to function well there. 

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