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Turning your Military Skills and Titles into a KICK-ASS Resume

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Turning your Military Skills and Titles into a KICK-ASS Resume is not as hard as it may seem. The truth is we have more training just after 4 years of service than you may think. Leadership training for one starts almost immediately.

The first thing is get copies of you personnel file….the entire file as well as any and all performance reports and that-a- boy/girl letters you may have received over time.

Don’t forget about awards when turning your Military Skills and Titles into a KICK-ASS Resume! Awards are generally something that you and you alone accomplished and should hold a treasure trove of information you can use to boost your resume. You might have a laundry list of ARCOMs and MSMs and that is a good thing. Do not fill your resume with each and every one of them however. If there is something critical to mention about a certain award that propels your case for the job further, then it is fine to elaborate on that particular award otherwise I wouldn’t mention the “award” specifically.

Military Terms Civilian Terms
NCOIC, Watch Captain, → Supervisor, Manager, Coordinator
Commander, Chief → Division Head, Director, Senior Manager
Executive Officer (XO) → Deputy Director, Assistant Manager
Action Officer (AO) → Analyst (or Senior Analyst if applicable)
TDY/TAD → Business travel
PCS → Relocation
OER/NCOER → performance appraisal
MOS/MOC/AFSC → career field
Commanded → supervised, directed
Battalion, Unit, Platoon → organization, agency, department
Mission → responsibility, task, objective, job
Combat/War → hazardous conditions, conflict
Headquarters → headquarters, corporate office
Subordinates → employees, co-workers
Service members → employees, co-workers, colleagues, personnel, individuals
Military Personnel Office (MILPO)/
Personnel Action Center (PAC) → personnel office

Regulations → guidance, policy, instructions
Reconnaissance → data collection, survey, analysis
TDA/MTOE → organizational structure,
material resources, manpower

Do your best to make sure your positional military title (Captain, Major, Sergeant) translates. Definitely make sure you communicate the functional area of your job title (Communications Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Nurse). That said, here are some common translations that may be helpful:

Warrant Officer → Technical Manager/Specialist/Department Manager
Senior NCOs → First-Line Supervisor
Sergeant Major → Senior Advisor
First Sergeant → Personnel Supervisor
Squad Leader → Team Leader/Team Chief
Supply Sergeant → Supply Manager/Logistics Manager
Operations NCO → Operations Supervisor
Platoon Sergeant → Supervisor/ Instructor/Trainer
Okay, so I’m sure there is a lot more information that could be here and indeed I did find more. However, this is meant to be a good place to start and not the end-all-be-all of sites. I hope this helps you get pointed in the right direction and sparks thought and helps with Turning your Military Skills and Titles into a KICK-ASS Resume.

Additionally, don’t forget that if the job you’re applying for takes resumes online only that probably means that the company is using some kind of system to scan for keywords from their job posting in your resume. Look for a highlight evey keywork you think that “might” even be looking for and find a place to use each and EVERY one of them in your resume.

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Christopher "Patches" Norton is a Retired 20 year United States Air Force Master Sergeant. Chris also served 5.5 years as the Lead Loadmaster on the Super Guppy Transport at NASA Johnson Space Center. Chris was Disability Retired from NASA in 2012 following an injury on a Super Guppy mission. As a Veteran, Chris turned to the Veterans Administration medical system for assistance and this is where this story really begins. What Chris seen at the Houston, TX VA Hospital left him with an urgent feeling and need to give back. So Chris has a new mission....to tell his story.....his Post Military Adventure! Struggles blending in with Society, dealings both good and bad with the VA and what he's learned from other Veterans. *********************************************************************** DO NOT READ BELOW UNLESS YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY DISCLAIMER.....MOST will not make any money at all with this. Some will....the difference is what you have inside of you and what you're willing to do and share. Just as the Bible says, it's better to teach a man to fish than give him one. Chris searched and found the Empower Network and saw how he could bring help to 100's, 1000's and even tens of 1,000's in a powerful way. Although all of us have different challenges, Chris believes the Empower Network WILL work for anyone... and CLICKING RIGHT HERE is how it starts!!!

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