/ Asked by travis
I am separating from the military soon. I spent 10 years as an electronics technician. I am not sure how my military experience converts to the civilian work force. How can I best convey my military experience when job searching?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Thank you for your 10 years of military service! It’s great that you are transitioning with a skillset that is recognized in the civilian sector. Depending on the type of electronics you were working on, the equipment might be a little different but you have a strong foundation of fundamentals in the electronics industry which is growing every second. There are several websites that support translating your MOS into civilian language like: http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/skills-translator/. Transitioning from the military has also given you characteristics that aren’t “tangible” but certainly give you a unique perspective. There are a lot of companies seeking veteran candidates because of your leadership quality and military experience you bring to the business, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and share your thoughts. Considering the last 10 years of your career have been with the military, try to capture the most significant projects and convey your success with metrics. Example: Improved safety audit results by 20% by implementing monthly inspection process. You might want to practice conveying your military career to a friend or family member that has no military affiliation to see if they understand what your job was and the success you bring to the table. If they understand your experience and you can speak comfortably (without jargon) your interviews will be successful as well. I hope this helps... good luck with your job search!
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, July 16, 2015
It can sometimes be a difficult transition to make a move from military to civilian for the very reason you listed in your question, "how to relate your military experience to marketable skills on a resume in the civilian world". Fortunately, there are many tools available online to do just that. You can Google "how to transfer military experience to civilian" and you will see many sites will come up. The sites offer information on translating military jargon to civilian language as well as sample resumes to use as templates. The key is to also see if you can target specific companies or organizations that you would be interested in, to understand the types of roles that are available. It also may help you to read some job descriptions to see how you can relate your military experience to the job requirements. Many companies actually target veterans because they possess so many important skills, as well as personality traits to support their success in the civilian world. Time management, organizational, leadership and technical skills are typically strong skillsets of individuals coming out of the military, which in turn, are also highly desired skills of top companies. You can also check out companies which have won veteran awards such as "Best for Vets" done by the Military Times. They will list the top veteran friendly companies and may provide you with insight into organizations you hadn't considered before. In any case, you should feel confident that your experience can provide you with a great background to make the transition to civilian roles. THANK YOU FOR YOUR MILITARY SERVICE!
Answered by Cassandra, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, July 17, 2015
Many employers readily hire transitioning military and particularly seek that talent by offering military specific career fairs on bases and in areas where there are large concentrations of this talent. If you're holding an active clearance that can make you more marketable for civilian roles that require those credentials. I would encourage you to attend military career events in your area where you can get some assistance with mock interviews, resume writing and job search prep so that you can be fully confident as you transition to civilian work. A sincere thanks for your decade of service to this country and good luck in your new endeavors!
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