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When military personnel want to move out of the armed forces into civilian work, the challenge they typically face is translating the skills they've developed and the experience they've had in the military into civilian language.
That's where it's helpful to buy a military CV.
When you purchase a military CV, or to be more precise, when you purchase the services of the military CV specialist at a CV preparing company, you are getting an experienced specialist. Your military CV consultant will have prepared hundreds, perhaps thousands, of CVs for military personnel who were in the process of moving out of the armed forces back into Civvy Street.
So they know how to couch your military skills in the kind of language that civilian employers will understand. The Army has its jargon. Civvy Street has its jargon. To make the transition, your CV preparer needs to know how to translate, so to speak.
So let's ask and answer some of the questions you are probably thinking about.
Among the many roles in the military (whether you've been in the army, air force or navy), there are these. Administrative services, financial services, leadership and personnel management, logistics, project management, purchasing, stores and supplies, training officers and many individual technical skills.
AVOID THIS TRAP
If a civilian recruiter doesn't immediately know the meaning of a military term in your CV, odds are he will put your application aside. This is simply a result of the many dozens, sometimes hundreds of CVs, which will arrive in his inbox after a position is advertised.
To give yourself the best chance, military buzzwords and acronyms should be avoided.
Even though the meaning of the terms you've used for years is crystal clear to you, it's important to remove any military talk that is going to cause the recruiting officer to stop reading. If he doesn't understand, he'll abandon your CV.
So be sure all military jargon is translated into the equivalent terms used in the commercial world. And the best way to do that is to have a CV professional put your resume or CV together.
When you choose to purchase a military curriculum vitae from an experienced CV consultant, they'll spot these things quickly and translate them into the commercial equivalent for you.
TRANSLATE YOUR ARMY SKILLS
It may take a bit of work to "translate" the skill set you've acquired during your military career into skills which are commercially valuable and instantly recognizable. But it's important to do so.
The company you want to work for, for whom the CV is being prepared, needs to quickly see the benefits you bring to the table.
You need your CV to present to the prospective employer the benefits they will gain by hiring you.
ABLE TO LEARN
During your military career, you have almost certainly had to learn many new things. Be sure to highlight that in your CV because employers want to know that those they hire are able to learn new skills. Not only learn something new, but apply the new knowledge in a practical way. During your time in the military, you have demonstrated that, so be sure to include it in your Curriculum Vitae.
Your CV consultant will know how to put the spotlight on the personal and career growth you experienced while in the military and use it to apply for your next career. He or she will know how to highlight those transferable skills because military service develops a special and valuable set of skills which many employers value.
The task of the military CV is to show the recruiter that you will be an asset to the company. In other words, your Curriculum Vitae is an advertisement. The "product" it is advertising is… you!
So, without being "salesy", it needs to clearly showcase how you will be an asset to the company. How the skills you developed in the military are commercially valuable too. How the experiences you had in the military have well prepared you to make a strong contribution to a civilian company.
One way to do that is to use what CV preparers call a hybrid CV. It combines the functional format (where the focus is on your skills) with a chronological format (where it's about your employment history). Often a reverse chronological format will work best, to put the main focus on your most recent work situations, along with the functional format that highlights your transferable skills… the ones which can readily contribute in a commercial context.
The CV expert you work with will know the best way to present both strands. It's one of the strong reasons for choosing to buy your military curriculum vitae, rather trying to compile a competitive document yourself.
Sure, you could try to put it together on your own, following the tips we've shared here. But this is an important time in your life, whether you are transitioning back into regular employment after a tour of duty or starting into a new career after years or decades of serving your country in the military. In either case, you want this to be done right.
THE ONE GOAL FOR YOUR CV
It's worth remembering that a resume or a CV has just one goal. To get you into an interview. That's where the company can see the real you, your personality, your strengths, your skills. For this reason, your CV needs to be a great summary, but it does not need to (indeed it cannot) say everything worth saying about you.
It will say just enough to get you shortlisted so you can meet with their recruiting people.
That is the goal we will bear in mind as we prepare your military CV.
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