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Cool It on the Acronyms! Making Your Military Skills Understandable on a Civilian Resume

Cool It on the Acronyms! Making Your Military Skills Understandable on a Civilian Resume

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Hey, guys, it's Adam, and we're here today with William Marquez from the Virginia Employment Commission. William, one of the things that I struggled with personally when I was getting out of the military was translating what I did on active duty into a civilian-friendly resume that would articulate some of the transferable skills. Could you talk to us a little bit about that today? Right, that's a common problem, Adam, and what we're finding is that a lot of people can't talk about what they were doing in the service to someone on the civilian side. It's a little difficult. One of the things I like to recommend to people is they use what we call crosswalks or known as military skills translators. There's more than a few now, and there's more and more coming on every few months. One of the big ones is Mil2Fed. Basically what you're doing is you're putting in what you did. It could be your job description or your MOS in one part, and then it's going to tell you what it's equivalent to on the civilian side. It's very helpful, and it's also going to talk about the skills that you use in the service in a language that's transferable to a civilian resume. Can you give me an example? Sure. What did you do in the service? I was a transportation management coordinator. Okay, so a couple things that's involved in that let's say are logistics and scheduling. We'd put that in the crosswalk, and probably it's going to talk about doing something like a scheduling manager for a large freight company. Something probably with UPS, for example. That's great. How about some of the more broad skills? Maybe infantry, 11 Bravo or something? Sure. If you put that one in, it's usually going to come out something like US marshal, security, police officer, and then also if something comes up, let's say with police officer, you can look at that job, and it's going to give you the duties and descriptions, and that's how you're going to address your resume to that job. That's great. Thanks very much.

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Adam talks to Army veteran William Marquez, Virginia Employment Commission, about the resources available for veterans to help them find equivalent civilian jobs for what they did on active duty.

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I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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