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Military Experience on a Resume

Kent Nolen

Q. I have recently returned home from Afghanistan and am having difficulty creating a resume.  What advice do you have for returning service personnel? A. While speaking to military experience on a “civilian” resume certainly poses some unique challenges, my advice to you is no different than what I tell many of my clients that come from a specialized field.  Consider your audience.

Whether speaking to experience in the Armed Forces or outlining a background in, say, geospatial engineering, you need to find a way to communicate your experience, skills and achievements in a way that will resonate with a broad range of readers.

When it comes to military experience, I suggest drawing parallels between your service and the work you would like to do.  Speak to your transferable skills and highlight specific achievements. Achievements are always important – regardless of background – because they are inherently transferable.  They speak to success in your role, which is always going to resonate with your audience.

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