Career Readiness

Learn the key ingredients to a successful civilian career transition.

Your Resume and Your Linkedin Profile.

Read more about the  two key elements that every job seeker  needs to have ready to succeed in their search for gainful employment:

Resume & LinkedIn.

Military to Civilian Career Transition

It’s hard enough to look for a job during the best of circumstances. Throw in a career change and workplace landscape that is 100% different from the one you are coming from and one would know what it is like to be a military veteran searching for a job in the civilian world. The good news is there is plenty of help available. This post will highlight the two key elements that every job seeker needs to succeed in their search for gainful employment: Resume & LinkedIn.


The key to a successful job search is having a strong resume to work with. You will need a resume to apply for jobs online. Don’t worry about whether or not your resume is longer than one page. Recruiters aren’t looking at the number of pages but rather they look for content and keywords. All that is necessary for a strong resume is a basic chronological resume. A strong resume contains the following key elements:
• Your name and contact information listed clearly at the top of the page. Include city, state and zip code (recruiters do searches using this data) Include a cell phone number (look for texts from recruiters) and email address.
• Next, list a summary of your experience, i.e.: Eight years Air Force aircraft computer systems technician. Six years LAN/WAN, Eight years supporting & troubleshooting hardware, software & networking issues. *Recruiters like to see a big picture view of the number of years you have with key skills.
• Next, list your most recent employment experience. List the month and year you started: May 2015 – present … Include your job title and employer.
• Next, list your job duties making sure to replace military language with civilian verbiage.
• Next, list your additional employment history, repeating the process used above.
• Next, list your education, certifications, and awards.
• Lastly list any volunteer experience you may have

The above is a sample of what recruiters will be looking for in a basic resume. You can build on the above sample but keep in mind recruiters are looking for substance, keywords, and the ability to quickly read/scan the resume. Shading, fancy fonts, and non-chronological resumes will not be appreciated. For more help with crafting an effective military to civilian resume check out ResumeEngine.


LinkedIn is the #1 resource recruiters refer to when looking for candidates to fill their job openings. If your profile isn’t listed on LinkedIn you are missing out on endless opportunities. LinkedIn has a robust program in place to assist veterans that are seeking employment. LinkedIn offers a free Premium Career subscription to veterans. The subscription is valued at roughly $240.00 so be sure to take advantage of this offer. The basic features for LinkedIn Premium Career are the following

  • Send up to 5 InMail messages per month
  • See how many searches you appeared in and how many people have viewed your profile
  • Applicant insight
  • Additional information on posted jobs
  • Additional salary information (helpful!)
  • Access to on-demand learning videos
  • Resume creation with Resume Builder (helpful!)

LinkedIn is all about your professional profile thus sending out network connections and participating in LinkedIn groups will prove helpful with creating your LinkedIn persona. Send connection requests to other veterans that have successfully transitioned to civilian jobs. Use your free LinkedIn Premium Career subscription to send messages to recruiters and other veterans. Ask for advice as to how to go about making your transition. Network and follow companies that are military-friendly for hiring such as Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Cisco, Eaton, etc.

Include a photo with your LinkedIn profile. Statistics show that profiles with photos receive significantly more views and messages than generic, picture-less profiles. Your photo should be a headshot that is clear and friendly in demeanor. No selfies, pictures in uniform, or photos that include pets, children, etc.

With your resume and LinkedIn Profile, you will find that making the transition from boots to suits isn’t as difficult as first thought to be. Again, remember there are plenty of resources available to assist you with your career transition. A good place to start with your transition is with the ACP (American Corporate Partners). Happy civilian job hunting!