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Posted on Aug 6, 2019
LTC Matt Louis
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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- Convert your military experience to a civilian resume. If you are applying for government jobs understand RESUMEX.
- Network
- Go to job fairs with resumes.
- Look at Jobs USA ( I don't know the proper term)
- Find out if your position will be contracted out
- There is more advice, but I don't know them
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PO1 Machinist's Mate Auxiliary
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Major Landgren is spot on! Make sure your resume stands out and clearly expresses your military skills and experience. For USAJobs.gov, you'll need a federal resume. Use the following link for guidance:
https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/faq/application/documents/resume/what-to-include/
You'll also need a civilian resume as well. I would also add, don't wait till the last minute to start applying for jobs (~ 9-12 months before your ETA). As a veteran, utilize special hiring authorities, preferences (5-point and 10-point) and veteran appointments (i.e., VEOA, VRA and Disabled Veteran) that you are entitled. Lastly, most transitioning members have security clearances that are valuable for DoD contractor jobs as well federal agencies.
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CPT Bob Coleman
CPT Bob Coleman
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Resumes lead the way. Try to focus on skills you have, not positions you have held. Having been a Platoon Leader or a Squad Leader may not connect with a potential employer. The skills of leading teams, setting goals, and supervising subordinates surely will. The best resume that ever came across my desk was packaged like a Christmas card. I grabbed it first out my full in box, skipping past the correspondence that looked like everything else, business formatted, or otherwise routine. When I opened it up I found it was, indeed, a card... but like no other I had ever seen. The author was indeed applying for a position but he started out explaining he had successful experience in increasing customer base, improving cash flow, expanding liquidity, training subordinates, supervising facility renovation, managing an office, supervising teams and more. He had me hooked for an interview in the first few paragraphs. As I read further I found out he was a priest leaving the priesthood who had doubled the number of parishioners, gotten more money in the plate, efficiently managed church expenses, headed up the PTA, and more. We ended up hiring him and he proved to be a valuable employee (and great guy).
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MAJ Ken Landgren
MAJ Ken Landgren
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CPT Bob Coleman - That's a hell of a response!
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MAJ Ken Landgren
MAJ Ken Landgren
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PO1 (Join to see) - That is great knowledge to share!
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SGT Bonnie B.
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Wish they had this when I was in
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COL Dana Hampton
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Nice points and a good thesis. From my knowledge and work in the transition space...you’re right on track.
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SFC David Reid, M.S, PHR, SHRM-CP, DTM
SFC David Reid, M.S, PHR, SHRM-CP, DTM
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Good Points Here that serves as Food for thought!
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