Whether on temporary leave or having left the service entirely, there is always the looming probability that you will have to enter into the chaotic and disposable mess that is today’s job sphere. Since the crash of oh-eight and the subsequent bottoming of the markets in oh-nine the matter of finding a stable occupation in these times of instability are slim, however as a previous member of the service you have skills that could put you at a distinct advantage and in this article we’re going to show you can market advantage to potential employers (you lucky person you). For the sake of this article we will be helping you to market these skills in the form of a Chronological resume.
The first thing that you should understand when writing a resume as a previous member of the service is that it can be easy to include too much information in your resume. An employer is less likely to be willing to read through an entire 5-page essay in the hopes of finding information that might make you an asset than he is to make a judgement based off of a few clear and concise points that summarize your experience uniformly (wouldn’t want him to get confused now would we, in this golden age of attention spans that only retain sensibility within the 150 word count of a Twitter update). Remember the standard length of a resume is usually between one and three pages; pages which you’ll have to also populate with your previous employment history. Due to these constraints we recommend that you write a brief summary of your history in the service in the space of one or two paragraphs so as to give any potential employer the gist of your experience, while everything else should be confined to a single juicy paragraph (juice which your employer will hopefully lap up like a little, humanoid puppy). In those paragraphs you should mention any form of military education you received in and outside of training alongside the skills you gleamed from those precious periods.
Next you will want to ensure that the skills you learnt during your time in the service stand out to your employer when reading your resume. As an active member of service you will have undertaken exercises and tasks that will have hones your skills in thinking rationally under pressure, adapting in stressful environments and critical thinking when it comes to decision making. These skills are vital assets to employers looking to integrate someone as an asset or perhaps even leading figure to their team. In order to make these skills stand out to your employer. You should list these skills as you recount your training and history of service, making links between specific experiences in your service and these skills so as to provide clear explanations as to how you learnt the strengths that might make you an asset. For example: if a training exercise demanded that you complete a training course under timed conditions, explain how this situation allowed you to hone your ability to think under pressure and your abilities in rational decision making. Give your employer a greater understanding of how the service has made you a more valuable employee to anyone with half a brain and they will take to you like Richard Dawkins to a periodic table.
Finally we maintain that it will be vital to draw a clear line between the kind of language that employers will be looking for in the resumes that they study, and language you might have adhered to when in the service or “Military jargon”. When in the service you will have no doubt learned to use military anachronisms that would have had you use deliberate acronyms, such as A&SEA (Air and Space Executive Agent) or AAF (Army Airfield), when referring to certain assets or codes. Most employers won’t understand such terms and might be confused to an extent (anywhere from mild confusion to “please don’t arrest me sire I’m a good boy I swear” levels of pure terror). When referring to your service you should purely stick to full expressions for particular objects/topics.
On a final note: remember to include all of the necessary personal information that any resume should have: title, name, address, date of birth, phone number, Email address. Make sure your employer has all of the goods when examining this document. As we mentioned before, you should write a draft edition of your resume before creating a final draft for your employee so that you might correct any potential mistakes and ensure that you have all of the relevant data. Good luck with your job seeking.