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In this video, you will review your resume and decide which military experience to include.

No matter how long you spent in the military, you likely have many valuable skills and experiences to share with civilian employers. Your resume is your chance to get noticed and get an interview.

So when writing your resume, you want to add your experiences in a way that is both understandable and relatable to potential employers.

To begin, research a job you are interested in applying for.

You can go to a company’s website to find out the skills, qualities, and experiences they are looking for.

You can even contact them directly to learn more.

You can also look at job listings for more specific details.

You can adjust your resume depending on the job description.

Open your resume.

Compare the information you learned about the job and company with the experiences you listed on your resume.

If all of your experiences come from the time you were in the military, you want to highlight the skills you learned that also apply to the job you are seeking.

You might not include some duties, even if they were an important part of your overall job.

Some of the jobs or tasks you performed may not apply to the civilian job you are seeking.

Instead, focus on including the traits you exhibited while you performed military jobs, such as: problem solving, adaptability, and innovation.

Just by serving, you were a part of a team, so you can also highlight positive qualities like teamwork and leadership skills.

You can include your years of service performing each job.

If you performed several different jobs, you can list them in chronological order, with your most recent experience at the top of your resume.

You can include a list of your skills, and use your job experience to emphasize those skills.

Next, edit your job details to make them clear and understandable for potential employers.

You might put certain details in more civilian-friendly terms, or change some words that are very military-specific.

Start by removing or changing military jargon and specialized terms that do not serve a purpose in a civilian job or could be misunderstood by civilian employers.

Other details might not translate to the job.

For example, you may have been responsible for a task that was essential to your military job, but that isn’t valuable to the job you are seeking.

You can remove this kind of information from your resume, so that it better shows how your experience fits the position.

If you were involved in combat arms in some way, translate your experience to make it more relevant to civilian employers.

Your resume doesn’t have to include every detail of your military job.

When you get an interview, you can share your other experiences and explain how they relate to the job.

Now, it’s your turn: Research potential jobs, Open your resume, And edit your military experiences.

Choose an Extension
Decide Which Military Experience to Include

Make decisions about which military experience to include on your resume.

Update Your Resume to Fit the Job

Use a job description to tailor your resume to fit the job details.

Search for a Job Using Your Military Occupation Code

Use your military occupation code in Google Search to find a job that matches your military experience.


  1. Choose an extension to help you create a resume that will help you get noticed by civilian employers.
    • The videos offer advice based on typical challenges transitioning service-members and veterans commonly face when searching for a civilian job.