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Military Resume Samples and Tips

 

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How to Write a Military Resume

Military Careers - Statistics

 Transitioning into Civilian Jobs

What Sort of Jobs are Available?

10 Jobs for Veteran Without a Degree

 

 

Building a military resume format can be as tough as that first push-up you were commanded to do all those years ago!

 

Don’t worry though. The resume tips below on how to write your Military resume, will have you up and running in no time. Plus we give you all the essential information you need to know about a military career, how to transition into the civilian world and what job prospects you have!

 

By the way, did you know that Leonardo Da Vinci wrote one of the first military related resumes, ever? It's completely awesome, seems like he had a strong head for logistics!!! Check out this quote: 

 

"I have a sort of extremely light and strong bridges, adapted to be most easily carried, and with them you may pursue, and at any time flee from the enemy; and others, secure and indestructible by fire and battle, easy and convenient to lift and place. Also methods of burning and destroying those of the enemy."

 

 

US military advancing in the desert to make their military resumeI think I need to change my pants.
 by The U.S. Army (contact)
 
 

Military Resume Samples:

 
Professional Military Sample Resume

Intelligence Analyst Sample Resume

 

 

How to Write a Military Resume

 

 

Contact Details:

 

Most definitely the first step to a successfully created resume is the contact details - read our writing guide to get the full story!

 

Career Objective:

 

As you know, the military values precise, impactful strikes. Think of the career objective as a mission requiring the exact same force and precision. It should be a short, precise and strike the target – the employer in this case. It should be a bold statement of your collective experience; your skills and what you intend to do for the next employer. Here's an in depth look at how to accomplish that. It is fully recommended you be as specific when citing exactly what you want out of the job you are applying for. 

 

Here's an example:

 

A Military Data Analyst with over 10 years experience in data analysis, compilation and action recommendation. Possesses a Masters in National Intelligence as well as a strict data privacy policy.

 

 

TIP: Research the company's ethos and values then ensure your career objective falls in line with this.

 

 

Professional Experience:

 

Having accrued years of military experience, you may be specialized in handling weapons, know how to react under fire, and understand a range of ways to interrogate an enemy soldier. So how does this correspond to civilian life?

 

When reviewing your responsibilities and duties while enlisted, you want to look for what are known as transferrable skills. There are a range that you will have acquired throughout your service, here are a few examples:

 

Leadership: You may have bossed around a platoon, a company or even a whole battallion. Identify this, it means you will probably be a great leader in a team environment, at an office, in a retail environment, sales teams, etc. 

 

Aptitude to learn: Did you have a senior officer screaming orders in your face, making you run from one station to another and perform new tasks? How quickly did you pick up these new drills? How many new skills did you develop within the forces? I bet you learned a LOT! The ability to learn quickly is incredibly valuable to a manager, and you have a proved record of doing so!

 

Team Work: You are never alone in the military, always working as part of one big harmonious thing...make sure you highlight your experience and potential working with others.

 

Discipline: What time were you up each morning when serving? How often were you ever late? One of the major advantages of employing a veteran is that they have spent years leading a disciplined life! Ensure this is presented in your resume.

 

Industry Specific Skills: If you were a mechanic in the air force then you have a wealth of job opportunities as a mechanic outside the military. Equally, logistics is a huge role in the army, and offers equally high numbering jobs in the civilian world. Each specialized role in the military has a corresponding role in civi street - go find your corresponding job!

 

List all your experience in reverse chronological order, and start this section with the most important/impressive duties and responsibilities. 

 

 

Officers:

 

A military officer’s resume could include responsibilities such as:

 

  • >Maintained an HRIS database, tracking incoming and outgoing soldiers and all pertaining personnel.
  • >Evaluated performance records as per program criteria and made recommendations on improvements to different programs.

 

Education:

 

Written in reverse chronological order, the contents of this section will include the learning institution’s name, date of completion, GPA obtained. Be sure to include any extra-curricular merits obtained that may be relevant to the job you are applying to.

 

An example of this would be:

 

DYNAMICS UNIVERSITY                                                                     Cambridge, MA

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, December 2005

  • Graduated in the top 5 percentile.
  • Captain of the Informatics Club.
  • >3 time champion of the Chess tournament

 

If you joined the military straight out of education it is recommended you take a look at these student veteran resume resources.

 

Additional Skills:

 

The military tends to offer growth opportunities in terms of extra skills. These are skills that may be of interest to your next employer and should be thus included when writing your resume. An example of such skills could be:

 

  • Ability to work in intense pressurized situations.
  • A keen eye for details and patterns.
  • Excellent IT skills.

 

Awards and Medals:

 

If you received any decorations you can add an appropriate section and list these underneath. 

 

Here are 10 other traits and skills a hiring manger would want to see on your resume.

 

Military Careers:

 

Are you looking for something different? Ready for a challenge? Do you want to travel to new continents, push yourself to the physical and mental limit, learn how to survive in some of the most dangerous and challenging environment on Earth? A military career is not exactly your usual 9 - 5 job, though it does offer such a plethora of career paths these days that you don't have to be Rambo to enjoy a successful career in the armed forces!

 

In 2011 the US Government had a defense budget of $664.84 billion, providing a lot of work to a lot of Americans, home and abroad. Let's take a look at a sample range of jobs available in the forces to see where some of that money is going, and the number of people enlisted in each role: (thank you to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for this informative table!)

 

Enlisted

Army

Air Force

Coast Guard

Marine Corps

Navy

Total enlisted personnel in each occupation group

Occupational Group

Administrative occupations

6,661

15,302

2,274

11,669

19,585

55,491

Combat Specialty occupations

129,684

639

616

32,706

7,854

192,499

Construction occupations

20,499

5,185

5,067

5,206

35,957

Electronic and Electrical Equipment Repair occupations

40,214

31,048

4,475

14,098

48,118

137,953

Engineering, Science, and Technical occupations

45,684

47,436

1,288

25,297

40,436

160,141

Health Care occupations

31,317

15,935

693

24,068

72,013

Human Resource Development occupations

18,974

12,532

8,407

4,108

44,021

Machine Operator and Production occupations

5,398

6,234

1,946

2,532

9,599

25,709

Media and Public Affairs occupations

8,209

6,848

122

2,381

3,854

21,414

Protective Service occupations

27,380

34,738

2,837

9,534

11,959

86,448

Support Service occupations

13,109

1,483

1,218

2,119

8,032

25,961

Transportation and Material Handling occupations

63,566

31,279

10,900

23,154

38,148

167,047

Vehicle and Machinery Mechanic occupations

52,974

42,032

5,554

18,586

47,022

166,168

Non-occupation or unspecified coded personnel

3,441

13,117

1,663

1,926

606

20,753

Total enlisted personnel for each military branch and Coast Guard

467,110

263,808

33,586

178,476

268,595

1,211,575

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center

 

Transitioning into Civilian Jobs:

 

The largest section on this table is clearly Combat Specialty occupations, with 192,499 enlisted personnel across all branches. These sort of roles are hands on, and offer personnel training in highly specialized areas of combat, for example, infantry, artillery, etc. A common concern of ex-military personnel looking to re-enter the civilian work force after a period of national service is: 'how can I translate these military skills into something more acceptable in the civilian world?' With statistics showing 8.3% of ex-servicemen being out of work, it is an understandable concern for many. What are your options?

 

1. Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) is a program set up and run by the Army with the purpose of acting as a recruitment service for participating US businesses. Ultimately, they connect ex-soldiers with companies and businesses looking to hire, with the promise of providing competent, well trained and hard working employees fresh out of the forces. A 'win-win' initiative for both recruiter and employee - find out more here.

 

2. Joining Forces - Similar to the PaYS program, the white house in 2011 set up the Joining Forces initiative aimed at linking veterans with the resources they need to find work after finishing service, including linking 100,000 veteran and veteran spouses with civilian jobs by 2014. Information is available here on a well presented and easy to use government website. This is a step in the right direction by the US government, having been criticized recently for allegedly not doing enough to help out the men and women who served to protect our country. 

 

3. Army Career and Alumni Program - every army post has a branch where you can go to speak with professional careers advice spokesmen. Here they can help you identify your key skills developed during your army career and decide what would be your best career trajectory. They also provide support and assistance finding and networking with recruiters and employers, and can even help you with your resume! Of course, the alumni is another important asset, like any old university network, it is a great resource for you to step up the ladder! 

 

4. Training - get certified/qualified! Within the US military there are often incentives to study or earn professional vocational and trade certificates while serving. These can help specialize your skills and target a particular industry, providing you with a set path for when you finish your term of service. 

 

5. Federal jobs - To help you make it back into the civilian world, legislation has been passed that means any veteran takes immediate priority over other non-military candidates, when applying to federal job positions. Be aware however - federal job applications require a slightly different formatted resume, so be sure to read up before sending your resume off!

 

Did You Know?

 

In 2011 President Obama called on Congress to enact tax credits that will help ex-servicemen get back into the working world by giving additional incentives to hiring companies. These tax breaks now provide up to $5,600 in tax credits to business hiring unemployed veterans - PER VETERAN. There is also the Wounded Warrior Tax Credit that offers businesses that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities with a maximum credit of $9,600 per veteran. Let's hope these incentives are working!

 

 

What Sort of Jobs are Available?

 

Veterans with a degree can enjoy a fairly healthy range f employment options when entering the civilian workforce, especially since employers tend to favor a worker with the discipline and commitment of a military person, combined with the education/training of a graduate. Those that entered the military straight from high school, sometimes without a diploma may face more of a struggle finding a solid career to commit to. That's why we recommend you utilize the training and incentive available to you to attain some form of training or certification while still service, just to ease the transition into civilian life. Below is an outline of 10 jobs that you can attain after the military without a degree.

 

10 Jobs for Veterans Without a Degree:

 

Job Title/Category: Expected Average Wage:
Carpenters  $35,950
Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants $34,970
Registered Nurse $52,330
First line Supervisors/Office Managers/Admin Support workers $41,030
First line Supervisors/Managers of Construction/extraction $50,450
Plumbers/Pipefitters/Steamfitters $41,390
Electricians $42,400
Fire Fighters $38,500
Automotive Service Technician/Mechanic $33,590
Operating Engineers/other Construction equipment operators $36,200

 

 

If you have, or are due to leave the military and begin searching for a job in the civilian sector, the first thing you need to do is get your resume prepared. We have structured the advice below to assist 'career change' servicemen in this situation; we hope you find it useful!

 

It’s that simple. Congratulations, you now have the basics on converting your military skills into a civilian resume. If you’re still stuck writing your resume, use our resume builder. It even converts your military jargon into civilian job responsibilities! If you want more resume samples, check below.

 

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