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We will work on transferring your military resume into a resume that an employer will want to read.
Consider the fact that your resume has 3 primary missions:

1.  To showcase your skills, qualifications and accomplishments in such a way that it attracts prospective employers.
2.  To entice a prospective employer to take action; specifically, to offer you the opportunity for a job interview.
3.  To serve as a tool to guide your job interviews.

This is critically important for military-to-civilian job seekers who must focus their resumes on skills, qualifications and accomplishments that are transferable to the civilian workforce

Click here to view the Military Resume power point

Click here to view the Military website for resumes-shows examples

Click here to view general website from Career Services-action verbs, keywords, samples, etc.

Take a look at these resume/cover letter entries that translate military jargon to civilian resme entries:

  • "Received and implemented combat orders, directed deployment of personnel in offensive, defensive, and retro grade operations"
    →"Communicated urgent orders and directions effectively to team of 150 personnel"
  • "Assisted in the performance of reconnaissance operations" and "Used maps and map overlays, performed intersection and resection, and determined elevation and grid azimuths"
    →"Surveyed and analyzed terrain to determine optimum equipment placing and usage"
  • "Operated in a NBC contaminated area" and "Employed, fired, and recovered anti-personnel and anti-tank mines"
    →"Operated and maintained equipment worth $1.5M in nuclear, biologically and chemically contaminated areas"
  • "Called for and adjusted indirect fire"
    →"Forecasted and adjusted decisions in a high-pressure environment"
  • "Supervised construction of hasty fortifications and receipt, storage, and issue of ammunition"
    →"Supervised high level, confidential construction projects"

The following common translations and tips can help you get your point across to just about anybody.

You know it as: Civilian employers will understand it as:
NCOIC, Watch Captain,Petty Officer of the Watch Supervisor, Manager, Coordinator
Commander, Chief Division Head, Director, Senior Manager
Executive Officer (XO) Deputy Director, Assistant Manager
Action Officer (AO) Analyst (or Senior Analyst if applicable)
TDY/TAD Business travel
PCS Relocation
OER/NCOER performance appraisal
MOS/MOC career field
Commanded supervised, directed
Battalion, Unit, Platoon organization, agency, department
Mission responsibility, task, objective, job
Combat/War hazardous conditions, conflict
Headquarters headquarters, corporate office
Subordinates employees, co-workers
Service members employees, co-workers, colleagues,personnel, individuals
Security Clearance security clearance
Military Personnel Office (MILPO)Personnel Action Center (PAC) personnel office
Regulations guidance, policy, instructions
Reconnaissance data collection, survey, analysis
TDA/MTOE organizational structure,material resources, manpower

Focus more on communicating the functional area of your job title (Communications Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Nurse). That said, here are some common translations that may be helpful:

Warrant Officer Technical Manager/Specialist/Department Manager
Senior NCOs First-Line Supervisor
Sergeant Major Senior Advisor
First Sergeant Personnel Supervisor
Squad Leader Team Leader/Team Chief
Supply Sergeant Supply Manager/Logistics Manager
Operations NCO Operations Supervisor
Platoon Sergeant Supervisor/ Instructor/Trainer

You may also choose to use an online translator. We recommend the following, but be sure to phrase the duties in your own words, applying them specifically to your situation:
- resumes

Are these good or bad objectives??

-To obtain a position that will enable me to use my strong organizational skills, educational background, and ability to work well with people.
-Seeking a project management position with leadership responsibilities including problem solving, planning, organizing and managing budgets.

-Obtain a position at XYZ Company where I can maximize my management skills, quality assurance, program development, and training experience.

-To secure a position with a well established organization with a stable environment that will lead to a lasting relationship in the field of finance.

-To secure a management position where I can effectively utilize my expertise in human relations, project management, and staff recruitment and retention.

-While I am open to any uses of my educational achievements, I am decidedly disposed that the task of the new career-related responsibility be so oriented as to at least partially address or configure and to ultimately lead to the application of more rarefied and challenging facets of financial management as the major sphere of the responsibility of the stated position.
-To continue my career with an organization that will utilize my MANAGEMENT, SUPERVISION & ADMINISTRATIVE skills to benefit mutual growth and success.

Click here for a resume quiz!  (handout quiz)

Now that you are all experts tell me which of the following resumes are good or bad:
-Resume 1
-Resume 2
-Resume 3

Tell me what you think about the following entries on resumes, cover letters and applications:

  • "Experienced supervisor, defective with both rookies and seasoned professionals."
  • "Seeking a party-time position with potential for advancement."
  • "COVER LETTER: I host a superlative proficiency for resolving complex systematic problems. I have pedagogic expertise conducting sales, and I can be quickly utilized as an assiduous, visceral and proactive problem solver."
  • "PERSONAL: I can describe myself in three words: committed, hard working, and very strategic thinking."
  • "EXPERIENCE: "Responsibilities included recruiting, screening, interviewing and executing final candidates
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