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Reader Question: What do recruiters look for on a resume?

Q: I'm getting out of the military soon and need to start job hunting. But since I have never had to look for a job before, can you help me out? What do managers and recruiters look for on a good resume? A: Understanding how recruiters think will go a long way toward securing that coveted in-person interview, which is the primary goal of submitting a resume. With that in mind, here are the top 3 things recruiters will look for when they read your resume. Focus on the following areas while composing and editing the document....

6 Career-Boosting Professional Certifications

If you have had military training and experience in one of these fields, obtaining a professional certification can help move your civilian career forward, open a wider array of options, or improve your chances of nabbing a job. In a few fields – teaching, medicine and law, for example – the lions’ share of certification programs are the means of entering the profession. In others, certification is not mandatory, but it is a competitive advantage. Overall, though, it’s important to remember that most professional certification...

Prepping for Retirement with an Individual Transition Plan

Returning to civilian life is a complex undertaking. Many steps must be taken, and many questions must be answered. Transition assistance staff, personnel office staff, relocation specialists, education counselors, and many others can help, but only you and your family can make the critical decisions that must be made. A good beginning is for each departing Service member to develop an Individual Transition Plan (ITP). The ITP is your game plan for a successful transition back to civilian life. It is a framework you can use to fulfill realistic...

Do you have an Individual Transition Plan?

Returning to civilian life is a complex undertaking. Many steps must be taken, and many questions must be answered. Transition assistance staff, personnel office staff, relocation specialists, education counselors, and many others can help, but only you and your family can make the critical decisions that must be made. A good beginning is for each departing Service member to develop an Individual Transition Plan (ITP). The ITP is your game plan for a successful transition back to civilian life. It is a framework you can use to fulfill realistic...

Veterans Preference In Federal Job Appointments

Since the time of the Civil War, veterans of the Armed Forces have been given some degree of preference in appointments to Federal jobs. Recognizing their sacrifice, Congress enacted laws to prevent veterans seeking Federal employment from being penalized for their time in military service. Veterans' preference recognizes the economic loss suffered by citizens who have served their country in uniform, restores veterans to a favorable competitive position for Government employment, and acknowledges the larger obligation owed to disabled...

Military to Civilian Transition Services

Joint Transition Assistance The Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Labor re-launched a new and improved Website for wounded warriors – the National Resource Directory (NRD). This directory (www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov) provides access to thousands of services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. The NRD is a comprehensive online tool available nationwide for wounded, ill and injured Servicemembers, Veterans and their families. The...

Student Veterans of America and Veteran-owned Victory Media host Virtual Career Fair Sept. 19

Active duty military, military spouses and veterans will have an opportunity to connect with representatives from leading schools September 19 from 2-6 pm CST. The free online event offers those interested in finding military-friendly schools the chance to ask questions about policies, programs, and real-world experiences. "The upcoming virtual college fair will provide an unprecedented opportunity for service members, spouses and veterans to engage with our organization during the school search process,” said Michael Dakduk,...

Convert Military Experience into a Civilian Career

Transitioning into a civilian career after years in the military may seem like a daunting task, but there are a lot of great resources available that you can use to help the transition go smoothly. O*Net – O*Net Online enables you to match your Military Occupation Classification (MOC) with similar occupations in the civilian workforce. For example, if you are a Computer Operator for the US Army, you could work as a Computer Operator, Operations and Maintenance Technician, Computer Specialist, Information Technology Specialist,...

Financial Tips for a Successful Military Transition

As you prepare to make the change from military service to the civilian corporate ladder, there are a lot of considerations. If you’re preparing to swap your combat boots for a pair of Rockports, these financial tips can help: 1. Sharpen your tools. Your civilian career search is going to require a few key things – a refined resume, a professional online profile, and killer interview skills. If you need some support as you brush these skills off and prepare, reach out to the Transition Assistance Program. 2. Prepare...

Five Hot Jobs in 2013

Service members who are nearing the end of a service commitment might take a look at the civilian job landscape and consider running back into enlistment. Before you lace up your adidas, though, take a look at some of these job opportunities and requirements. If one strikes your fancy, you may want to consider using your education benefits toward a degree that could land you one of these in-demand career paths.   Medical Assistant Do your friends call you “doctor” because you have a remedy or advice for every...

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