/ Asked by Jacob
I have a general AA degree and recently finished my military service which included time in combat. I have good problem solving skills that I learned and good training. I know that I could basically do any job if a company would invest in me. Problem is getting my foot in the door because I don't have any direct experience in any corporation or business. I need help laying out my skills on my resume and also how to positively discuss my military experience in person. Any advice?
Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, May 2, 2014
First off, thank you for your service to our country.  Having a military background provides you with unique experiences that can easily be transitioned to success in any corporation or business.  Many companies, including Verizon, have Military Skill Matchers on their career websites, which will allow you to compare how/where your military skills will align with the job openings available, based on the branch you served in.  Many companies are dedicated to recruiting military veterans into the organization so you are in a good place.  I'd focus on some of the accomplishments when putting together your resume.  Remember this - problem solving skills cannot be taught and companies will always be in need of critical thinkers!  Good luck!
Answered by Jonathan, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Sunday, May 4, 2014
First and foremost, thank you for your service.  You without a doubt have numerous examples of leadership that are relative to what you'll be doing in a corporate role.  I suggest pulling specific examples that show your problem solving skills, management style, creativity etc.  Be sure to site these examples throughout your resume and be prepared to walk through during your interview process.  You'll be phenomenal - I wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors and thank you again.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, May 6, 2014
You are correct, the Military isn’t a corporation but it is run very similar to a business. It’s important to remember that your military training is your experience and what might set you aside from other candidates. Make a list of all your leadership training, transfer any roles that you might have had in a position of leadership to a “manager” role in civilian terms. There might be several other candidates with the same amount of education, but you might have already held supervising roles in your experience.
Think about your problem solving skills as: innovation, creative problem solving, team building, relationship building, and organizational skills. Your combat experience could be translated something like: experience with high levels of stress, maintaining organization during difficult working conditions, successful completion of assignments during stressful situations.
Do your best to make your military experience part of your personal brand. Think about what you are really good at, and use your experience to support that competency. If there is anything that will set you aside from other applicants it is this very unique experience that you’ve already accomplished – use it to your advantage.
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