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How can my military background help me find a civilian career?

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Michael from Austin Peay State University asked: “How do I create a resume for Public Management when I do not have any work experience in this field? I earned a degree in this field, but my professional experience only consist of nine years in the United States Army.” Thanks for your question, John. All you have done is serve in the U.S. Army for nine years; that’s an understatement! You have developed people skills, procedural skills and technical skills that you need to highlight on your resume as you search for jobs in public management. It will be challenging, but with a customized … / Read more »




How should I format my post-military resume?

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Jack at Antonelli College asked:  I just finished a 15 year career in the military and am working to transition into a civilian career in information technology.  My current resume is six pages long, details my military background and positions using military jargon and has nothing to do with information technology. I know this resume needs revision, but I’m not sure where to start. As I approach my post-military career, how should I reformat my resume? Hi Jack – One of the greatest challenges veterans face when they seek to transition from the military to the civilian workforce is translation: How … / Read more »




How should I address my military experience on my resume?

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Debbie from Elon University asked: How should I address my military experience on my resume?  Should I break down every deployment by year or just provide a summary?  What about  additional work experience beyond my military experience? Hi Debbie – One of the greatest challenges veterans face when they seek to transition from the military to the civilian workforce is translation: How can you translate what you did in the military from military jargon and context into language meaningful to civilian employers? This translation can be really difficult. Regardless of where you came from professionally, it is usually challenging to explain … / Read more »




How can I get into consulting after a military career?

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George from Southern New Hampshire University asked: I have 9.5 years as a Marine Leader, and a BA in Criminal Justice. Now I am pursuing an MBA in International Business and want to be a consultant. However, a lot of firms I have applied to have told me I do not have experience. Any suggestions on how to enter the field? Hi George – There are a lot of layers to your question, and I want to be sure to address all of them as thoroughly as I can. So, first . . . Are you taking advantage of the variety … / Read more »