As veterans make up 29 percent of MBA@UNC's student population, I work with many students on translating their military resume so it makes sense to a civilian audience. Many of these students, who have incredible experience, worry that nobody will understand or value the work they've done because it's very specific to the military. The good news is that when you get right down to it, most people don't really understand other people's jobs. Think about the last time you tried explaining what your spouse, best friends, or siblings do at their jobs. Unless they happen to work in a very similar role at a very similar company, your description likely sounds vague, "She works in IT as the project manager … leading a team … that does computer stuff." Hiring managers and recruiters are people, too. They don't know the intricacies of every position — military or otherwise. With this in mind, the goal of a resume is to give an easy-to-understand overview of your relevant experience and show that you were awesome at your job. You want the reader to leave a resume thinking, "This person has interesting experience that they clearly rocked out. I bet they would bring a great deal of value to this role." How do you do this? There are four things to keep in mind. (Tap the link for more)
Thanks SP5 Mark Kuzinski for posting a link to help service members and veterans translate military training and experience into language that non-military focused firms can clearly understand and appreciate.