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Phil C.

Advisor

Role and Company

Expertise

3 years experience in engineering

Location

Fort Worth, TX

About Phil

- US Army Sergeant: 1999-2008
- MOS 15Y AH-64 Avionics/Electrical Systems Technician
- Education: BS Electrical Engineering
- Current Position: Electrical Design and Analysis Engineer in Aerospace/Defense Industry

I am here to help fellow warriors make as smooth a transition as possible. Based on my personal transition experiences my advise would be best suited for post 9/11 enlisted troops and warrant officers that served in technical specialties within the military; wishing to transfer their expertise and training into the civilian sector.

My biggest pieces of transition advice are as follows:

1. GO TO COLLEGE OR TECH SCHOOL!!! Use the GI Bill.
2. BE SMART WHEN CHOOSING A DEGREE. AVOID FINE ARTS, SOCIAL SCIENCES, AND GENERAL STUDIES.
3. NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4. Get a linkedin account

General Resume Advise:
- Spread the margins out
- Fill the white space (use columns)
- Try not to exceed one page
- Use a professional sounding email address
- Have an "Interests" section with personal interests that may align with your desired career path and interests that make you sound like you are a human being, not a robot
- Submit ALL resumes and other documents in PDF--> MS Word saves in PDF
- Provide academic and professional projects when submitting resumes
- Gather a list of professional references and submit it with your resume --> Commanders, Professors, etc etc.
- DO NOT provide your DD214 unless specifically asked to do so. The same goes for your SSN, in general
- Make a unique linkedin URL and put it on your resume next to your email address

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Articles by Phil

6 years ago

ABET Accredited **Online** Engineering Programs For The Curious Military Technician

I figured I would spread the word about ABET Accredited engineering programs as they are a recent development. The military...

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Phil's Recent Answers

6 years ago

How do I transition into corporate management without private sector experience?

George, Networking is essential, as mentioned previously. However, have you applied to any management positions? Sometimes all it takes is...

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6 years ago

How can I convince potetial employers that my military experience and my 20+ years of work experience are better than a recently graduated 4 year degree person?

Craig, Thanks for picking up the sword, brother. Have you ever considered how your background and experienced would do with...

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6 years ago

Resume and Job Fair Advice

Mr. Mayo, Here are some lessons I've learned during my Army-civilian transition. General Resume Advise: - Spread the margins out ...

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6 years ago

Looking for a software programmer, coder, engineer with experience to mentor me.

"I am currently attending University of Phoenix pursuing my BS in Business Management." My candid response is as follows. I...

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6 years ago

What do we need to do for a successful transition into the civilian sector?

Joel, These senior enlisted Soldiers probably have the skills to do well at a number of things. However, HR folks...

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