Veterans Tip of the Week – Resumes or Telling Your Story
When two military members meet each other, especially when in dress uniform, they can essentially read each other’s resume on their uniform. Branch, rank, rate or specialty, time in, what you have done and where you have been, and more, can all be gleaned from one’s uniform. But, how is a potential employer going to learn all of this about you? Simple, your resume must tell your story.
Are you trustworthy? Well, you did hold a security clearance, safeguarding our Nation’s secrets.
Are you responsible? Well, they did issue and make you responsible for weapons.
Are you a team player? Well, you were part of the most complex team going, with rules, standards and requirements you were expected to follow…and were evaluated and held accountable for meeting those standards every day.
Are you a leader? Well, you did have people that worked for you, and they relied upon you to make decisions and get the job done.
Say you were a technician of some sort, you have computer skills, research skills, practical repair skills and most importantly of all, you have experience. Every military specialty can be broken down into both specific and broadly applicable, transferable skill sets.
My point is, translating the often complex experience of being in the military and meeting those rigorous standards, is not always easy. Your resume, often submitted online these days, may be the only data point a potential employer has to decide if you are the right fit. So, you have to showcase your skills, talents and experience in such a way as to fit their needs (and closely match the job description). Luckily, there are several great resources out there to help you do just that. Below please find a few helpful links.
In my local MA/NH area, there is a great organization, the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, which has branch offices in MA and NH, and provides services supporting veterans across a wide range of needs, including employment. They can help you with resume writing, cover letter writing, interview preparation, providing interview clothing, employer outreach on behalf of the veteran and referrals to other veteran services.
Here is the VA’s employment site.
USAJOBS.gov and their resume builder site.
And a few others:
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