Posted on Apr 28, 2014
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I'm working on my resume, is there any helpful advice from those of you who already have one? Im trying to equate my experiences in a way that civilian employers would understand and would love to hear any tips or insider secrets that may help me get an edge on the competition.

Thanks in advance.
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SFC Rich Carey
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There are a great many resources available. I have found each business have their own preferences.

The content is what matters and you really can't use one resumes as a one size fits all.

Also the jargon is the biggest barrier. Converting your military job to cilivan terms.

Try resources like O'Net and Home Depot has the skills translator. http://www.homedepotmilitary.com/skillstranslator.html
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Another helpful hint, review several job postings from the company you are looking into and mirror what they list. Look at what you think are keywords and find ways to include them in your resume.
I was a Career Counselor in the Army, one of my MOS's. If I listed Carer counselor as my title the company would get a wrong impression unless I wanted to be a career counselor for a school. So I have listed that as a retention manager, operations and others.
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I just plugged in E-5 15T UH-60 Repairer and all it gave me was 25 pages of cashier.

And if I add 31B and 19D, I get Loss Prevention and store level management and above...
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Here is a RP Blog I put up on my experience in going through hundreds of resumes to select for positions advertised on USAjobs and a lot of the responses added great information:

https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/lessons-learned-from-building-and-reviewing-resumes

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Choosing the right format for the job you are applying to seems to be a key element in success. I found a few webpages with tips that may be useful as a starting point with some good tips.. other pages linked to these had articles on resume writing and translating military skills..
Types of Resumes:
http://careernetwork.msu.edu/resources-tools/resumes/types-of-resumes.html
http://www.americasjobexchange.com/career-advice/types-of-resume-formats
http://www.simplyhired.com/blog/jobsearch/resumes/3-main-types-resumes/
http://www.vault.com/resumes/article/writing-the-resume/types-of-resumes
Translating Military Service on Resumes:
Kinda Cool interactive one --- http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/skills-translator/
Language conversion at bottom of article --- http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/resume-writing/translating-military-skills-into-resume.html
Blog with linked resources --- http://www.realwarriors.net/veterans/treatment/civilianresume.php
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SFC Josh Jackson
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Bump. This thread has great potential. There a lot of veterans out there that have battled with the job market, and won. I'd like to get some sort of cross-critique set up for our resumes. Anyone else interested?
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