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!