How to Translate Military Experience into a Corporate Resume

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How to Translate Military Experience into a Corporate Resume

Friday, January 1, 2016

A well-crafted resume will help you communicate your skill set in ways that an employer can recognize and appreciate. So how do you start -- or brush up -- your civilian resume? Tap into UnitedHealth Group’s military recruiting experts, like Doug, for support:

Doug, a senior recruiter at UnitedHealth Group, has worked in recruiting since 1980. He currently serves on the company’s committee for VETS hiring initiatives. His son is an Army Reserves and his wife’s uncle was the second highest ranking National Guard member in Minnesota.

Read more from Doug below about how to translate military skills into a corporate speaking resume.

Getting the attention of the recruiter

You first need to translate your military skills into a corporate speaking resume. To do so, enlist the help of a recruiter, if needed. We’re very open to helping you. You really need to hit us recruiters with why you’re the best fit in the first half of your resume. That’s important.

What do we know about veterans? We know they’re good leaders and we know they probably have solid computer skills. They likely work in a position that may not be in a corporate environment, but have valuable skills that can translate to a corporate position.

Civilian resume format

Always look carefully at the job description -- you will need to cover those points on the resume. This is an example of a functional skill-set resume, meaning not every company/experience is listed in detail. Rather, post that information in the abbreviated “Career History” section.

Highlight your strengths/skills specific to the position in “Principal Areas of Practice”. Then add relevant experience to the “Major Projects” section. If you’re looking for an analyst position, for example, you may want to replace this section with everything you’ve done as an analyst in the military.

On the left, state and translate your military skills into more corporate speaking language. Computer applications are important for almost every position we hire, so it’s important we see that right away. Education and qualifications are also important.

Please keep in mind that the resume is a tool to get you into interviewing. It’s not going to get you into a position. As recruiters, we want to set you up for success, get interviews and move toward the position that you’d like to work for in UnitedHealth Group.

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