Posted on Sep 30, 2017
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I am searching for a civilian job. I have typed up my resume that...no one outside of the military, and even some in, would really understand what I did.....staff officer stuff. I was a power point briefing badass!!
What I find, civilians appreciate your service, but they don't hire you. They are looking for someone with the exact experience that they are hiring for.
I am also guessing, they don't see us as a bunch of future US POTUS and CEOs.
So, my question...does the military sort of prop us up and feed our ego, telling us we can do anything (as we change jobs so often) and that we are such awesome leaders - because of enlisted and the UCMJ??
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Col Ray Bruneau
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You are questioning yourself - first step toward quicksand. You ARE the leader the military has made you.

Unfortunately, military leadership doesn't always translate well into civilian occupations. Welcome to the world of the reserve/Guard member!

You need training to translate your military skills into terms relevant to civilian employers. Sign up for - and ATTEND - transition assistance program classes. Work to improve your marketability in terms civilians understand.

Do NOT give up, and do NOT doubt yourself. Keep attacking!
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Sgt Field Radio Operator
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Col Ray Bruneau I agree Colonel.

"Retreat Hell! We're just attacking in another direction."
- Attributed to Major General Oliver P. Smith, USMC, Korea, December 1950.
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LTC Peter Hartman
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Agreed. You need to convey your skills and practical experience to prospective employers and not just job titles.
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GySgt Ken Norwood
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When I retired, like you, my resume was loaded with crap no regular civilian could understand. When I went on interviews they had no idea what I was talking about when I answered their questions. In other words I could not talk to civilians. Fortunately for me I found a job, not what I was looking for but a job none the less, and was placed with a guy who was a Marine. He taught me a lot about how civilians talk. Civilians don't take leave they take a vacation. Civilians don't take a 96 the take a long weekend. The list is long.

If civilians do not understand your resume, rewrite it in civilian language. More importantly write it in the language the job is looking for. No one resume is good for all jobs.

Once you land a job your leadership skills will come to light in more ways than you can even manage!

Good luck.
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MSgt John McGowan
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Gunny, I will agree with you. When I first got out i couldn't talk civilian either. I went to family events and couldn't in a lot of case had nothing to say. But I learned now I need to learn to shut up sometimes.
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Sgt Field Radio Operator
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MAJ (Join to see) Sir, you are a Major, so, yes you are a leader. When I was discharged in 1972, I had to interview with three different managers for a high paying job at a chemical plant. One of the managers did not like the military or veterans, and he let me know it. The other two managers were impressed enough to hire me for the job. When I obtained my degree, I again went through a series of interviews to work on the Space Shuttle program. I was hired and began a 33 year career that I loved. In part, I succeeded because of the determination, discipline, and never quit attitude that I owe to my military service. My service did not help me land jobs, but it sure helped me succeed, once I had the job. Major, keep searching for the right job. If not a member, join LinkedIn, and then become a member of the "Veteran Mentor Network." group. This group can be helpful for job seekers.
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Cpl Mark A. Morris
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Adapt, Improvise, Overcome?
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Cpl Mark A. Morris - Absolutely. Keep moving forward.
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