At some point, we need to provide a resume.

During our time in the Army and Special Forces we did not need a resume.  We looked at each other’s uniforms and were able to tell quite a bit about our teammates.  If we were being considered for a promotion or assignment, they looked at our records, records briefs, and evaluations.  It was quite simple and we didn’t really have to work to sell ourselves as the necessary data was right there for them to look at.  That is over for us, we now need to market ourselves and translate our experiences into a resume.  Most likely this resume will be one page to let someone know how great we are and how we will provide value to them based upon our past experiences.

There are many services out there that will look at resumes, an issue is most of them don’t understand what we as Special Forces soldiers have done.  It is tough for them to translate what they don’t know into excellent bullets that a hiring manager or executive will understand.  I would recommend getting a former Green Beret who is out and successful in your industry to look at your resume and help you with it.  Here at SF2BIZ, it seems like we now have almost 200 of these experts to help you out.

Time to be brutally honest, there are going to be a lot of things that you did in your career that no one cares about when you transition.  Congratulations that you did 225 freefall jumps and were dive qualified, how will that bring value to our organization?  Man, that is awesome that you graduated sniper school, is that going to make this business money?  Great you led 12 guys on combat operations for 6 months, we don’t see a lot of combat in our future here at our company.  It’s impressive that you built a base from scratch to house your team, our building is already established with excellent plumbing.  People may be interested in how many enemies you eliminated, but it won’t be for the reason of hiring you.

We do however have a lot of transferable skills and experiences that are impactful.  A few things to think about are quantifying your bullets and what were the results.  The so what of your accomplishment.  You trained 75 foreign customers over three months on operations to improve their readiness by 25% while also reporting assessments to your headquarters weekly.  That is just a made-up bullet, but it does tell someone what you did in a translatable way. Every situation is different, but think how can you make it so anyone who reads it can understand the value of that experience.  I’ve found people don’t know what you mean when you say deployment, tours seem to be the common word in the civilian sector.  Our operations and operations of businesses mean different things.  The list of differences goes on, have someone who does not understand what we do read it.  If they are confused, most likely the vital person reading your resume will also be.

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