Companies across the country regularly announce their desire and commitment to hiring veterans. They understand that people who serve in the military are hard workers, dedicated to supporting their families and willing to listen and learn. There is a significant gap between companies wanting to hire veterans and veterans landing jobs – particularly in the technology sector. The issue that keeps veterans from getting interview calls is often the resume.
It’s difficult to translate military skills into the tech industry. Hiring managers don’t know how to read military acronyms and don’t understand their significance. Your career prospects start with your resume. Follow these five steps to improve the chances your resume will be noticed by civilian hiring managers.
1. Translate Your Military Experience Into Civilian Terminology
You speak fluently when it comes to military terminology. You understand ranks and concepts that would leave most civilians confused. However, you can’t expect hiring managers to keep up.
“Military veterans are from Mars, civilians are from Venus,” Phillip Gold, Ph.D., former commanding officer in the Air Force and current CEO of Empire Resume, writes. “When military veterans and civilians meet in the middle on Earth and learn to communicate with each other,
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