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Translate Your Military Skills

Translate Your Military Skills

It’s not always easy to translate what you have done in the military for civilian folks to understand. In some cases, it may not be necessary. For example, if you are applying for a position with a government contractor, it’s possible they want to hear exactly what you did for the military and in military terminology!

On the other hand, if you are trying to break free from the military/federal realm and find a position with a more privatized business, you’re going to need to learn to speak the language of the “outside world”.

Using a Military Skills Translator like this one, may be a great source of assistance for you. This tool allows candidates to search specific military terms and job categories to find a similar civilian position. Job seekers can search based on branch of service, pay grade and job title to get an idea of what private sector positions may be a match for their skills.

When it comes to applying for a position with a private company, your most important clues to compose a winning resume will be in the job announcement itself. The job descriptions will include required and preferred skills. Taking the time to craft a resume that clearly highlights how you meet all those criteria will catch a recruiter’s attention. If you’re applying for multiple jobs, each resume you submit should be specific to that position.

Using the same resume for each job that you apply for is a bad idea. Pinpointing the right terms and phrases to best describe why your skills match those required and preferred skills is the foundation of a strong resume.

Cull key words from the job description, as well as the company’s website and other online platforms such as LinkedIn. These will be phrases and terms that are specific to the industry, the company, and the job itself. You need to know the key words that are part of the industry you are targeting. This allows you to identify and describe your specific experience relevant to the position you are seeking. It’s really learning the job, knowing what you did to match that description, and highlighting that.

Once you get the interview, doing your homework is so key. It’s so important to know what the business is doing, what projects are being pushed out, and what you could be involved in. If there is a way you can find out what kinds of problems the company is facing ahead of time, you could be in a position to make some suggestions regarding how you might solve those problems if you are hired. This would definitely give you an edge over any other potential candidates.