6 Steps to Translating Military Experience to a Civilian Resume

Assume the Employer Doesn’t Understand Anything About Your Military Resume

Write your resume and cover letter with this in mind, no matter what. Avoid military jargon and make things clear for them. While staffing agencies are full of people experienced in this, most future civilian employers probably won’t know their meaning. When you explain skills, experiences, and what your military job entailed, future employers will understand how you’d help out, even if they don’t understand the title.

Provide a Complete Picture

Explain your technical skills, such as understanding communications gear. Try to use examples where your interpersonal skills would be useful. Explain about being under stressful situations or taking direction from leadership or leading a team through a project. When going into an interview, you’re often up against a college graduate whose idea of teamwork is limited to a group project online or a presentation. This area is where military soft skills give you the strongest advantage. “Teamwork skills” means something different when you have to collaborate with someone else for every assigned task for several years, and “works well under pressure” means something completely different.

Ask About the Hiring Process

Depending on the company, hiring a new employee can be extremely quick or take several weeks or longer, depending on the position. Never assume that you know how that particular company works internally.

Stay In The Same Field

While you may be tired of your career, keep in mind that the civilian version will be a more comfortable version of the same work. It will be easier to translate those same skills, abilities, and experiences, and also help you make the transition to civilian life on a daily basis.

Be Patient

There’s no such thing as a perfect resume or perfect cover letter, so don’t take it personally if the phone doesn’t start ringing immediately. While your past assignments had clear-cut results, applying for work is much less defined. Make sure to apply to as many positions as you are even slightly interested in and then either email or call those places directly to make sure they received your application and resume.

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4 Reasons Why Temp Work Can Be a Great Career Choice

While many people might see temp work as interim work or something to fill in between permanent jobs, for some people temp work can be a great long-term career choice. Here are some of the perks of temp work for the long haul.

  1. More Flexibility

Working temp assignments can offer you the flexibility that some long-term career positions can’t. Temp work allows for employees to focus on interests and commitments outside of the office. Sometimes working in permanent positions can sometimes make people feel pressured to work long hours or on problematic projects. Contract work offers built-in boundaries that can help you pursue hobbies, personal passions, or family commitments.

  1. Meet More People

Temp work can be an extroverts’ dream – or just a great opportunity to network and meet new people, personally and professionally. Having a temp-work career brings you into contact with all kinds of personalities and work styles.  This can help you grow your communication skills, build your collaborative ability, and create important and influential relationships.

  1. Learn New Skills

Working temporary job assignments can expose you to several industries and opportunities that people in permanent positions might miss out on. Temporary work will usually last anywhere from days to months. In that time, most people have the chance to take their skill set and add to it through exposure to technologies, policies, and programs at different businesses. This can help you grow personally and make you a better job candidate for new and interesting assignments.

  1. Less Stress, More Stability

For some people, working as a temp employee is the opposite of stability.  But committing to regular temporary work means there is potentially less at stake for a career when it isn’t attached to the future of one company. Temporary employees feel secure in knowing that they can be matched with more projects and keep working if their current company is downsizing or restructuring.

 

Working with a staffing agency can help take your existing talents and match them up with temp projects or contract work that can grow your network and your skill set.  Our contract job recruiters can help you find the assignments that are the best fit for you. To start a more permanent commitment to temporary work and find a better balance and more flexibility, give us a call today.

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