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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....

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...

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: 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. Prepare your...

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...

Transition Offices Help Veterans Find Jobs

Those leaving the Armed Forces are often reluctant to initiate their preseparation activities because they dread the thought of finding a job. It is, however, a common part of American life. Most people change careers at least three times in their lives. Most Transition Offices have programs and counselors to assist you and your family members in seeking employment in government and the private sector. Job-hunting assistance is available at your Transition Office. Some of the services available at your Transition Office...

Sharpen Your Skills before Transitioning

Has it been a few years since you’ve tackled an algebra or geometry problem? How about chemistry? When was the last time you wrote an essay? For veterans and transitioning service members who are considering college, the thought of facing any of these subjects might be enough to dissuade them from pursuing their education. That’s why the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Education have a number of college preparation resources in place. Because for most vets and service members,...

Transitioning Veterans: How to Buy a Home at 50 Percent Off

Looking to get a big leg up in your post-military career? The Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a little-known program that may help some of you buy and own a house at 50 percent off, if you enter certain careers when you start your civilian life.   The Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program The Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program (GNND) was designed to get good people into struggling neighborhoods. The program provides a subsidy to any qualifying law enforcement officer, teacher, firefighter or emergency...

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...

Military to Civilian 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 NRD includes extensive...

Great Online Degree Options for Transitioning Service Members or Military Spouses

You’ve sacrificed for your country, traveled to places beyond your imagination and dedicated your life to your job. And now you’ve decided that it’s time to make a change. Perhaps education is part of your plan, but you know that you will need to work, care for your growing family and go to school in order to make it happen. It’s a scheduling challenge, to be sure, but it’s not impossible. Exactly how is this supposed to work, you may be wondering? Two words: Online Education. An online degree program gives you the structure...

Financial Tips for a Smoother Transition

You’ve spent months readying yourself for the next step in your career: the transition from military service to the civilian workforce. You’ve made checklists for just about everything imaginable – from updating your resume to revamping your wardrobe, talking with your family, friends, and colleagues, researching your next place to live and maybe even taking a few classes here and there. But have you tended to your finances? With unemployment rates persistently crummy (technical term), it would be wise to take a few steps...

Webinar Series for Vets and Transitioning Military

Grantham University is offering 2 series of complimentary webinars by their Career Services team. The series have been created to cover a variety of topics pertaining to the unique challenges in today's job market for transitioning service members and veterans. Shanna Fowler, career services manager, said "A common setback faced by transitioning service members is how to translate military experiences into corporate language — and how to best highlight their wide variety of skill sets for a specific position." She went...

2012 After the Military Handbook

This unique handbook, written for military veterans, covers: transitioning to the private sector, supporting your family, finding a job that pays "top dollar", choosing between jobs with large or small companies, deciding to start your own company, maximizing the benefits of a military career, medical benefits and life insurance in the private sector, how to pay for college after you leave military service and how to retire successfully. Click Here to download this handbook.

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