Fly Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee: Leaving Your Military Background Behind

Johnson Controls’ Career military veterans talk about leaving the military and offer personal resume tips as you transition to civilian life:

It’s the fear of the unknown, you’ve been a part of an organization for twenty plus years and you know what to do, how to do it every day and then, all of a sudden you’re leaving or exiting that opportunity for another opportunity. “

What I wish for is that someone had told me or helped me with when I was transitioning, I didn’t know that there were a lot of resources that were available to me as a veteran. And I really didn’t know that I didn’t necessarily educate myself, I guess, to find that out. But I’d say for anyone who is considering transition right now to think about the resources that you might have, that you just never knew existed.

Definitely making that jump from military into civilian, there’re many things that are different. The hardest part of transitioning to civilian life was finding a job. What you really have to learn when you become a civilian again is that you don’t have that same structure and that you have to create for yourself the life and the career that you want, as well as your personal life.

The hardest challenge for me was finding someone that understood, who I was and what value I added beyond my resume If I were to highlight a couple of issues surrounding resume tips would be the following.

Professional resume writing: military to civilian personal transformation process

Let’s take a closer look at the whole process of professional resume writing, military to civilian resume makeover especially close. Comparing military to civilian personal skills you should remember the first and foremost  important thing.

1. Number one: if it doesn’t make sense to you, it’s not going to make sense to a recruiter or the employer. I would emphasize. So when I review resumes, I look for a military history and I would put an emphasis on it. But you don’t need to go too deep into it, but make sure it’s there.

2. Definitely highlight the leadership skills that you’ve developed whether you had experience actually leading soldiers or you’ve learned from your leaders. Highlight that, make sure, that’s one of the most forefront on your resume and one of the first bullet points that people get to see.

3. Include something that applies to corporate America and really the one thing that would translate is money: cost, value. And all of us in the military are responsible at the end of the day, for very expensive assets of the US government and that’s where you have to financialize that. So that someone reading the resume understands the dollar value of the responsibility that you have.

4. In the military there’s a lot of acronyms and things that are used. You know, you can say “I took that five ton full of five six and I moved it over to range thirteen and I did it in a timely manner. You know, by the time that we were supposed to kick off’ And as well you can just kind of rephrase that and say “I was able to move certain supplies from one area to another and within a respective time frame.” So you just have to know how to take those acronyms in the military and in that short form speak that you learned and how you can translate that into more of a civilian friendly type wording. Because all the things that you do in the military can be applied to the professional career.

5. Conclusion. So you look at it from the standpoint of an employer. What are they looking for? They’re looking for an individual that can carry out certain tasks for a particular role. And so you think about what are the things that I can do, what directly speak to what that role needs. Perhaps that’s a way to also respond to that and certainly to translate your skills into what the business is looking for.

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