U.S. Marine Corps/Gunnery Sgt. Robert Brown

One of my old bosses was smart about his Army exit. He used the days between transitioning his duties to his replacement and signing out on terminal leave to beef up his resume. Instead of whiling away the remaining days surfing YouTube or disappearing for three hour lunches, he stuck around the office ready to answer any question his boss or replacement needed and diligently worked away at online classes. While you might not be in  the same situation as him — trapped in an office with fast internet — it doesn’t hurt to use some of your remaining time productively.

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U.S. Army photo by Maj. Jeffrey Parker

When it comes to transitioning out of the military and into the private sector, combat veterans possess a wealth of knowledge and battlefield experience that separates them from their civilian peers. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s not enough on its own You have to be able to express it in a way your civilian peers will understand.

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Photo by Staff Sgt. Anna Rutherford

Resume writing can feel like a chore and let’s be fair, it is, but it’s also essential if you ever want to escape the unpleasant and often degrading rat race that is the job hunt.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Hank Hoegen

It’s finally done. After several hours of hard work, you look over your perfectly organized, spell-checked, and heavily edited resume, taking pride in your accomplishments laid out in striking black and white.

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