The skills you developed in the service are in high demand among civilian employers like Verizon. But describing your military experience to a civilian audience can be challenging. That’s why we’ve developed this résumé guide—a blueprint for the brave—to help you translate the skills and experience you gained during your service into a résumé that resonates with civilians.
Explain how your experience makes you a good fit for the job.
Don’t just state that you were an infantry platoon sergeant. Explain your rank, military grade, what you were accountable for, how many people you supervised and what skills uniquely qualify you for the position you’re pursuing. This professional summary can take the form of a bulleted list or a paragraph.
Showcase your education and training.
Roles and job titles often vary between military service and civilian employers. For example, in the service, “communications” refers to information technology; among civilian organizations, “communications” typically refers to marketing and public relations. Educate yourself on the civilian job market to ensure that you’re using the appropriate titles and descriptions.
Match your military roles with corresponding civilian functions.
Include your educational background and highlight relevant coursework, training programs and certifications that you have completed or are undertaking.
Convert your military experience into civilian responsibilities.
Explaining to future employers what you accomplished in the military in a way that resonates can be challenging. Convey your military successes by using language that someone who doesn’t have a military background can understand and relate to. Follow the tips below to make sure you get the attention you deserve!
List any volunteer experience, showcase your skills, even mention personal interests.
Employers are looking for your skills—you just need to help them understand what you have to offer. We have resources to help you find employment opportunities.