We’ve all heard the saying about walking a mile in another’s shoes. Unless you’ve been there, done that, you’re never going to truly be able to understand what they have done. This becomes especially apparent when talking to civilians who have never served. The gap between military and civilian is so extremely different that you are never likely to fully convey to someone who hasn’t served what it meant to serve, what you did, and what skills you bring to the table. That doesn’t mean you can’t try, or that they aren’t making attempts to “speak vet,” as it were. This “tele-class” is one example.
The tele-class is titled “Translating Military Resumes” but actually covers many more topics, to include what to expect from professional resume writers and working with search consultants. It encompasses ten modules, between 2 and 5 minutes each, with each labeled so you can easily identify its contents. The tele-class was originally geared primarily towards Human Resource members and recruiters. The good part about this is that you get a sneak peek into what the people who are looking to hire you are expecting to see from you, what they see as an advantage, and what they might see as a disadvantage to your military experience. While a few of the tips are predictable (a TS/SCI clearance is a good asset to have, be sure you have a professional e-mail address to put on your resume), there were few new things on there that I hadn’t heard mentioned in other, similar presentations.
The tele-class is moderated by Emily King, author of Field Tested: Recruiting, Managing, and Retaining Veterans, a G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Employers Advisory Board Member, and a nationally recognized expert on how the corporate world can help veterans transition. It features, as speakers, recruiters at Deloitte Federal Consulting Practice and Prestwood Partners, including former military members who are now in the business of hiring new veterans.
To listen to the tele-class, go to: http://militarytransitions.biz/resources and scroll down to Free Tele-class.
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