Here’s a challenge for you: choose the top five skills that your military background gives you that other candidates in the job marketplace don’t have. Now look at those skills and really ask yourself if these are actually unique? Are you really highlighting your best talents? And, most importantly, are the skills that you’ve chosen things that really matter to employers?
The truth is that it’s entirely possible you don’t know what it is you have that makes you special to employers. Translating the skills you earned in the military to the corporate world is a challenge. But sometimes, all it takes is a new perspective and a new way of thinking about your abilities to really make your resume pop, and to ensure that you stand out in your next job interview.
So you say you have a strong work ethic, that you can be trusted, and that you’ll show up at work on time, everyday. Great. But work ethic isn’t exactly a skill. What’s more, they don’t say anything real or meaningful about your experiences or what you have to bring to the table.
That’s why it’s up to you to find a happy middle ground.
Really think about the things that you did, and the ways that they can be applied in the real world. And don’t wait for employers to figure it out – tell them what you’re capable of based on your experience.
If you learned how to analyze risks in the military, this gives you an edge on your competition when it comes to analyzing risks in business. If you coached or trained in the military, you already have the skills needed to effectively train and lead workers.
So let’s go back to the beginning and start over. Choose the top five skills that you learned in the military. Now stop and really think about how those skills can be used in the industry that you want to work in. Put that on your resume and speak about these things in more depth when you finally do land that interview. Potential employers will be impressed.
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On Monday, Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans received a suspended sentence of 60 days in jail, said Samantha Dooies, an assistant to the New Hanover County District Attorney.
Evans must complete 18 months of unsupervised probation, pay $8,000 in restitution, complete a domestic violence offenders program, and he cannot have any contact with his former girlfriend, Dooies told Task & Purpose. The special operations Marine is also only allowed to have access to firearms though the military while on base or deployed.
The Marine lieutenant colonel removed from command of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in May was ousted over alleged "misconduct" but has not been charged with a crime, Task & Purpose has learned.
Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala, 42, who was removed from his post by the commanding general of 1st Marine Division on May 7, has since been reassigned to the command element of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, and a decision on whether he will be charged is "still pending," MEF spokeswoman 1st Lt. Virginia Burger told Task & Purpose last week.
"We are not aware of any ongoing or additional investigations of Lt. Col. Zavala at this time," MEF spokesman 2nd Lt. Brian Tuthill told Task & Purpose on Monday. "The command investigation was closed May 14 and the alleged misconduct concerns Articles 128 and 133 of the UCMJ," Tuthill added, mentioning offenses under military law that deal with assault and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman.
"There is a period of due process afforded the accused and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty," he said.
When asked for an explanation for the delay, MEF officials directed Task & Purpose to contact 1st Marine Division officials, who did not respond before deadline.
The investigation of Zavala, completed on May 3 and released to Task & Purpose in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that he had allegedly acted inappropriately. The report also confirmed some details of his wife's account of alleged domestic violence that Task & Purpose first reported last month.