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Military to Civilian Job Success!

Welcome to this week’s blog.  As a professional resume writer and career coach, I write blogs for job seekers going through career transition.  You will find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects related to help you through career transition.  Today I will be touching base on tips for job seekers looking for work after serving in the Military and how to use the skills gained from the Military Service. This blog will include tips on writing the resume, interviewing and networking through informational meetings for Military job seekers. These same rules apply for job seekers making a career change to a different industry.

 

Today's blog is a true success story about John. When John came home from serving in the Military, he first got a job as a Store Manager for one of the big retail equipment and office supply chain stores.  When I met him, he had recently been fired from that position after two years at the company. John said he was looking for a similar position.  He was concerned because he was fired by a boss who did not like him and this work was all he knew besides his military training. Sound familiar?   Read on …

 

In my opinion, John was positive, a highly skilled store manager and a great employee.  He was very creative, organized and a motivating team leader.  He was always creating efficient ways to save money for the company.  His boss asked him to do something one day that didn’t work out and he became the scapegoat in the situation.  This is why he lost the job.

 

I noticed John was still speaking the Military Language

I asked him if he would like me to interview him to write a resume for a civilian job using his Military experience.  He said “Yes, I would.”  John’s primary skills came from the Military so we needed to refocus his resume to speak the civilian lingo. We discussed his Military experience and training in budgeting and finance and created a functional resume highlighting these skills and utilized civilian language in his keyword list and accomplishments throughout his resume.  After we completed the resume, John told me he was in the Air Force Academy“This is a high honor,” he said to me. I suggested he start contacting the members he knew from the Air Force Academy and he did.  John did so well networking through the Air Force Academy he never needed to network or look for work anywhere else.

 

John needed a lot of interviewing training to help him transition from Military to civilian language. He interviewed well after a few mock interviews as I helped him eliminate the F-16 fighter jet lingo, critiquing each meeting less and less over time. Within weeks, John had been successfully interviewing with his huge network of Air Force Academy Graduates.  He was so excited when he told me "I landed a great job at one of the federal government agencies as a Budget Analyst.  In addition to a huge increase in salary, I will earn a raise in nine months with a promotion in one year due to my Military status." In addition to this great news, John also received a sign-on bonus giving him the highest starting pay for this position.

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips or stories to share, please email me at kim@justresumesusa.com.

 

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

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