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Posted on Feb 19, 2016
LTC Chad Storlie
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GySgt John O'Donnell
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Your article is 100% on point. But what I have found in my case that it is very difficult to articulate this "ACTion" in a 1 or 2 page resume, especially having served within multiple roles during my career in the military. The military expects you to "be flexible", "adapt and overcome" and "grow where planted", where it feels like the civilian sector wants you to "stay in you box", "seek self preservation", and "manage rather than lead".
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Vikki Nicometo
Vikki Nicometo
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Two things to say here, first, depending on how many years of work experience you have, your resume can go to three pages. Secondly, I think, you may have a misconception about what the civilian sector wants from you.
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GySgt John O'Donnell
GySgt John O'Donnell
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Vikki Nicometo - Thank you for the input, regarding a 3 page resume. Though multiple pages (3 or more) for federal resumes are considered acceptable, it has always been communicated to me that 2 pages were the maximum in the civilian sector. Also, I am interested in you insight about my possible misconception of the civilian sector, please inform me about your experience, to better reshape my thought process.
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Vikki Nicometo
Vikki Nicometo
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GySgt John O'Donnell - Three pages is fine for anyone with 15, 20 or more years of experience.
You said, "it feels like the civilian sector wants you to "stay in you box", "seek self preservation", and "manage rather than lead" I would say that's not 100% accurate. The people who want that in the civilian world are poor leaders. Great leaders want you to take initiative, innovate, grow, and lead.
I've worked for both kinds of leaders in companies of all sizes. The trick is to be very discerning when you're interviewing so you can tell which type of leader you'd be working for.
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GySgt John O'Donnell
GySgt John O'Donnell
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I am hoping to find those "Leaders" out there. As for being "discerning", I am definitely that, during one interview (the one requiring more undergrad credits), I respectfully closed out the interview process by letting them know why I felt they were not a good fit for me. It was very cordial, but they caught off-guard because I could tell the interviewer had never been faced with that before, to the point that they offered to pay for the credits even though they could not with clarity explain why I need them.
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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Military leaders can take a task, plan, coordinate amongst various layers, build a team, and execute.
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Vikki Nicometo
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Great advice! This former civilian recruiter approves :)
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