Focusing on translating Skills from military terminology to civilian terminology.
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It looks like you are already getting help, but I'd be happy to share another viewpoint. I can review what you have, send you a blank template, etc. If you want additional assistance, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy New Year!
There are many services who will help you with a Resume. This includes the transition office on your base. Having said that, no one cares about you career, success, and transition as much as you do. My advice is to research and build your own resume. Once you have done so, Advisors here and elsewhere will be better able to assist with improving your resume.
To that end here is some input.
1. You need to decide on the type of resume format you want to use. I suggest more experienced people use a functional resume as opposed to chronological one. It works much better for people with more experience. It is also much simpler to have a “Master Resume” with as many bullets as you can come up with. (When hunting for positions, I would come up with bullets that applied directly to the position I was applying for and save them to my “master”. If you have less experience a chronological might be better. With eight years in the Corp it could go either way, but I am guessing either a hybrid or chronological format will be better for you.
2. Results are the biggest weakness on most transitioning service member resumes. Soldiers/Marines often show what their duties were. They often fail to show how successful they were in accomplishing those duties. Think of this like an NCOER or OER and put results.
3. Opinions are varied. No one resume and no one answer is correct. I have had a lot of success with resumes I have helped to create. Ultimately, the resume represents you so make sure you are comfortable with it.
4. When building each resume for each specific position, ensure you review the job listing and mirror verbiage. If the company uses a resume screening program, it will look for those key words. (Most companies do)
5. Resumes are tools. Sending them in for positions is significantly less effective than cold calling/emailing someone and asking for an informational interview. You will stumble upon positions that are not listed that way. You may obtain a position that is listed before the listing is posted.
6 Every contact is an interview.
7. Network, Network, and Network.
7a. (If you had any INTEL time) Network like you are spotting and assessing. If you run your networking like a Source Handler, it will be more efficient and successful.
8. Google your career code/MOS...etc. there are alot of resources to help translate mil to civ terminology (review them as some are better than others. I dont have the links anymore or I would send them.)
I (relatively) recently retired and understand what you are going through.
Let me know what else I can do to help. Once you put together a draft, let me know if you would like another set of eyes on your resume for more specific input.
Message me on Linkedin... https://www.linkedin.com/in/philip-lantz
Hi Margarita! I'll be happy to review your resume and share some job search ideas. Email me: Coach@SuccessSkills.com
Thank you do much for this detailed and helpful response. With your recommendations, I was able to set up my first draft of the Resume. I will contact you on LinkedIn for further questions. Again, thank you for your time and assistance.
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