Finding a civilian job as a military veteran can be both daunting and intimidating. Much of this lies in the fact that it’s very challenging to translate your military experience in a way that employers and recruiters can understand and value.
It’s for this very reason why highlighting your transferable skills on your resume is crucial.
Transferable skills are abilities and knowledge that you developed during while you are in active service that is considered valuable in any profession and any industry. These not only show that you’ll be a good fit for the company but—more importantly—demonstrate your ability to get the job done.
Here are seven transferable skills military veterans like you possess that you can highlight in your resume.
1) Communication skills
Strong communication skills are essential for any civilian profession. Your ability to clearly explain and relay the message during a meeting with senior management, your team or client can determine your success or lack thereof within the company.
When including examples of how you have exemplified your verbal, listening, and writing skills, make sure that you also highlight your technical communication skills. List down instances where you were able to demonstrate your ability to accurately evaluate protocols along with the strengths and weaknesses of available communication media to choose the one most appropriate based on your audience and message.
2) Teamwork skills
Camaraderie is one of the core skills developed by every single person serving in the military. It’s what will keep you safe and alive, primarily when you’re deployed for combat.
In the same manner, companies are looking for candidates who recognize the importance of being both a team player and team leader to meet set goals.
3) Analytical skills
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are highly coveted in many civilian professions. In today’s fiercely competitive marketplace, companies are looking for candidates that can not only quickly come up with logical and profitable solutions, but also make changes promptly when the need arises.
4) Leadership skills
As a former member of the military, you’ve been trained to be responsible for your actions and decisions. You have also been prepared and educated to be an example to those with a lower rank than yours. More importantly, you had experience managing and working alongside individuals of different ranks, skill sets, gender, and even cultural background.
These are qualities that employers struggle to find among civilian applicants, so highlighting these skills in your resume will help give you the edge.
5) Organization skills
Veterans like you have developed a mindset where being able to stay well-organized can become a life-saver. This mindset will continue to serve you in a civilian job particularly when handling projects and presentations.
6) Time management skills
For many civilians, one second may be insignificant. However, for military personnel, one second can mean the difference between success or failure of an operation. Because of this, military veterans have acute time management skills that will allow them to get the job done efficiently and on time.
7) Flexibility and adaptability
Most—if not, all—companies thrive within a dynamic environment where unexpected changes are frequent.
Again, this is another transferable skill military veterans possess. Having been exposed to stressful situations and continuously changing conditions enabled them to become accustomed to efficiently make changes within a moment’s notice while remaining calm and level-headed to complete their mission.
As you can see, your military service has given you the opportunity to fine-tune many of the transferable skills employers look for in a candidate they’d want to hire. The key here is to be able to present them in a way that employers will be able to understand.
That’s where we can help you. Our free Discovery session will help reveal to you the transferable skills you’ve developed while serving in the military and learn how to craft them so that recruiters can better understand them. If you want to learn more, click here to schedule a call with Coach Margaret today.
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