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In the workplace: Military transition requires focus

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Posted: Friday, February 24, 2006 11:02 pm | Updated: 3:45 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Leaving the military but not quite ready for retirement living? Where do you begin this process of transitioning to the corporate workforce? The first step for any job seeker is to find a focus.

In order to be effective, a job search and a resume must have a target. Military personnel learn a wide variety of skills. First, determine which of these skills you enjoy and how to translate them into the civilian world. A critical error made on military transition resumes is lack of focus. Generic resumes just won’t make the cut. Resumes should only include relevant information. This may mean leaving out some skills or possibly having multiple resumes targeted to different careers. However, the more irrelevant information a resume contains, the harder it is to fi nd the relevant information.

Secondly, you must “demilitarize” your skills and resume. Most military experience transfers easily to the corporate world with the right language. Instead of saying, “Acted as the battalion secretary to create schedules”, quantify this statement for people who have no military knowledge. Alternatively try, “Created calendars and organized training schedules for 150+ personnel.”

Although the transition from military to corporate may be stressful and uncertain, the bottom line is you are walking out with an amazing array of skills. Learn to communicate these skills effectively in your resume and the sky’s the limit.

Lori Norris is manager of Get Results Career Services, LLC

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