Transitioning Service Members
Transitioning from a military to a civilian career can be challenging for veterans. Before an interview it is quite common to feel nervous and anxious. Remember that just like in the military the interview is just as much about the preparation as it is about execution.
The skills you’ve attained in the military are highly valuable to our company. Below are a few tips to remember while preparing for your transition to the civilian workforce:
- Dress to impress. Dress professionally and you will make a good first impression.
- Avoid using ranks, military acronyms, and practice translating military language before your interview. While most of our management team are composed of veterans. Please remember that some are not. Also remember that acronyms or terms in one branch of the military can mean something totally different in another branch. For example what is a Captain in the Navy and what is a Captain in the Army?
- Highlight your military skills and projects. The military sends their employees through different schools to learn and become certified on different technologies. Highlight all your training and certificates you earned.
- Emphasize your dedication to the job. You’ve already participated in and completed an incredible accomplishment that most people will never realize. Help your prospective employers to recognize your dedication and loyalty to your country will in turn make for a dedicated and loyal employee.
- Describe a specific situation in the military in which you were successful in achieving your goals. Be able to provide examples of how you overcame specific challenges or solved difficult problems. Talk about the research you did or the collaboration with team members.
- Highlight your references. During your military career you more than likely were able to garnish some excellent references from remarkable people, this should definitely be recognized.
Appropriate Work Attire
Being in the Military you are told what to wear, how to wear it, and even when to wear it. Things are not so simple in a civilian work setting. You will now have choices. Here at DTSI we like to remain business casual. This term can be confusing because it mixes two contradicting terms. Business which would imply formal and casual means the opposite of formal. Here is our guide:
- Men – Dress slacks or khakis with a collared shirt. The shirt can be a either a button front or a polo shirt. Shirt is always tucked in. Belt and dress shoes are required and should match colors.
- Women – Skirt or dress with a hem past the knee, or dress pants or khakis. The shirt may either be a button-down, blouse, or a polo shirt. Short sleeve shirts are acceptable. Closed toe shoes are preferred.
At DTSI, we are a Civilian owned and operated company that works with the Federal Government. We prefer to see a civilian résumé format versus a Federal Résumé format such as that used by USAJobs.com. Here are some tips when writing/creating a civilian résumé. Remember that the purpose of the résumé is to get an interview, not to get a job.
- Résumés should be between 2-3 pages long; maximum of 4 pages. Résumés are meant to be brief, and not a thesis statement about your career.
- Explain what you are looking for in a new career. Are you looking to embark into a new industry or become an expert in a field you’ve been in for a while?
- Assume that the reader has no knowledge about the military. For instance your last job in the Army might have been a HQ’s BN S-4 NCOIC. If the reader has no knowledge about the Army they won’t know what that means. Even if the reader was in another branch of the military they may not know what that means. However, they will know what a Director of Logistical Operations is.
- Flaunt and showcase your experiences and accomplishments.
- Résumés should only go back 10 years.
- If your résumé is chronological it should start with your most current position
- Leave off dates of education & be exact as possible on dates of employment. For example employments dates that read Oct 1, 2015 through Nov 16, 2017 look better to the reader than 2015 – 2017.
- Use consistent formatting throughout the entire resume i.e. font, spacing, and margins.