Military transition resumes are a hot topic among personnel stationed at Ft. Campbell, and with good reason. Writing a resume to transition from the military to the civilian sector requires a specific strategy to ensure it will be effective, and I am going to provide you some tips to help you succeed in this blog.
One of the most important things to remember when writing a military transition resume is that civilian companies are typically not well-informed when it comes to military terminology. Words such as “platoon” and “battalion” (etc.) may be familiar to you, but that does not mean that everyone else can immediately comprehend the accomplishments you had during your military career. So, when writing your resume, try to avoid using military terminology, if possible, to make sure that anyone who reads your resume can easily determine what it is that you have been doing in your career.
Aside from modifying your terminology, you also need to make sure to include any quantifiable results you may have achieved during your career. This includes items such as numbers and percentages. For instance, if you managed a $34M budget or oversaw $500K in inventory, make sure to include that information.
Here is an example of a sentence modified correctly to help you transition:
Before: “Held responsible for the welfare, health, and morale of two NCOs and 19 Soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom while also managing $34M in munitions.”
After: “Supervised 21 personnel and oversaw $34M in inventory while deployed to Iraq”
The “after” sentence lists the exact same information, but does it in a way that is easily comprehended by both military and civilian personnel. Rather than listing military-specific terms, more general language is used while still conveying your most important accomplishments.
Hopefully this helps some troops stationed in Fort Campbell that are ending their military career and beginning a job hunt in the civilian sector!
By Drew Roark