by Barbara Adams, President and CEO of CareerPro Global, Inc.
Military personnel can offer a great deal of experience and dedication to the private sector employers. You undoubtedly realize as a highly-respected person serving in the military, “you have worn many hats,” and yet the summation of your capabilities and talents is often inadequately regarded if it is described using military jargon. Most civilian employers do not understand military protocol, and quite frankly, they are not required to because they are not interviewing you for a position in the ranks of uniformed service. Professional resume writers are experienced in organizing, assimilating and interpreting your military career and marketing you effectively. Accomplished and experienced military to civilian resume writers can strategize your qualifications and experience and demilitarize your career, projecting your experiences into a highly effective resume presentation.
Even well-qualified, dedicated, and capable candidates such as yourself has to plan strategies and care enough about the first impression you make with a potential civilian employer to show the hiring authorities your “best side.” It’s a known fact if your resume is going to get the attention it deserves, “make your first impression your best impression.”
Sometimes hiring professionals may not completely understand military acronyms or even the basic hierarchy of the military. Recognized as “Home of the Military Transition Writing Experts,” our highly trained and skilled team has been writing military to civilian transition resumes since 1986, from Desert Shield/Storm to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and all the brave missions in between. We have a deep sense of pride and honor to be able to offer you, who have served our country so selflessly, the very best in writing talent, available to encapsulate your military years for civilian review.
In today’s military, you have traveled across many miles and continents, handled personnel issues, logistics, training; managed materiel, equipment and inventory just to name a few, and many have fought bravely in life-threatening war. How do you explain this to a civilian? How could they ever imagine some of the assignments you have participated in and successfully accomplished? They cannot. But experienced and trustworthy professional resume writers have the ability to interpret and integrate your military background into a comprehensive, easily understood resume. We can transcribe your experiences, accomplishments, challenges, actions and results into the smoothly-reading qualifications and skills employers can relate to – and are looking for.
The first step for the transitioning applicant is to understand his or her talents, skills, and abilities and how those attributes relate to business and industry. Military personnel develop traits beneficial to private enterprises because they are held to the highest standards of performance and operations. Recruiting professionals statistically have agreed military personnel make excellent leaders, once given a specific task: they are decisive, resourceful, disciplined and devoted team players; performing exceptionally well under pressure.
Why do recruiters or hiring managers ever overlook well-qualified military applicants? First, they may not be able to establish (or understand) matched skills from the military resume, perhaps because the language and “buzz words” do not equate to their customary civilian terminology. If the recruiter is forced to decipher too much technical information or military jargon, he or she may be unable to see the value of the candidate.
As a former member of the military, no matter the length of time served, you have much to offer and are the most loyal, well-trained, disciplined, and goal-oriented individuals any employer could hope to recruit. One of the most important decisions you can make to aid in your transition from the military is to hire an expert who can market and emphasize your value expertly in this competitive employment economy we face today.
Our team of Certified Professional and Federal Resume Writers and Career Coaches is here to help launch your civilian career in the most professional manner possible.
Barbara Adams is the President and CEO of CareerPro Global, Inc. (CPG). She has been on the leading edge of SES application development for decades. Committed to providing world-class service, she has also built an SES writing team that has assisted more than 2,500 clients develop their application materials. Ms. Adams has been featured on TV and radio and as a presenter at numerous career conferences. CPG recently sent a team to instruct senior officials at Warner Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, in best practices for developing their SES application materials. She is the co-author of the new book, Roadmap to the Senior Executive Service: How to Find SES Jobs, Determine Your Qualifications, and Develop Your SES Application.