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What traits are employers looking for in a veteran?


Rebecca Summers Minot Afb, ND

Do employers want to hear examples and traits gained from the military?

13 October 2020 3 replies Interviews



Tim Feemster Dallas, TX

Recruiters are always looking for skills related to leadership/supervision, team building, critical thinking, quality control, and prioritizing action steps. Think of how you led your squad/team/platoon, made critical strategy decisions in combat situations. What about your role in making sure that aircraft on the carrier flight deck were totally ready for launch (quality control and critical timing of decisions)? There are many elements even of a military command office that mirror those of a civilian office that should be showcased with stories during an interview. Remember your resume is designed to get you the interview. Your interview is the place for you to show how your actions executing your duties are comparable to ones you would expect to do in the job you are seeking. Make sure you bring in the thoughts that while you might have been in "battle" where your team makes the correct course of action succeed, you can use those skills to make your civilian teams make correct courses of action as well.


Carly Jones Boulder, CO

Absolutely Rebecca. Having worked with plenty veterans now, I find it fascinating when folks pull from their military experiences to answer questions related to our industry, our group, and the specific team for which we're interviewing. If a military example/experience is applied to a question, it shows which skills are transferrable across fields and how best we can leverage such experience in your new environment.


Sterling Hawkins Atlanta, GA

Hi, Rebecca. While the specific traits and other factors sought by employers vary depending on the company, the role, and the management, there are some common traits that separate candidates. These include initiative, dedication, pride in one's work, and intellectual curiosity.

However, in addition to these general traits, having experience and skills reltive to the role sought is also critical.

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