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.