Career Development Center works closely with the Office of Veteran Affairs to address veteran student and alumni career development needs. Career counselors can assist with specialized resumes, cover letters, preparing for interviews, and internship/job search strategies, as well as the graduate school application process.
To schedule an appointment, please call the Career Development Center at 570-422-3219.
Tips for Converting Military Resumes for Civilian Positions
General rule: One page for every 10 years of service.
- Avoid using military acronyms (spell them out) and minimize military lingo.
- Use language common in industry: For example - instead of "supervise subordinates," use "supervise employees." Additionally, expand the use of "manage" to "coordinate", "lead", or "supervise."
- Employers are most interested in results, not simply job descriptions. So use key phrases like "...resulting in..." and "...which led to..." to state your accomplishments:
- Example 1:
- "Coached, prepared, and screened aviation candidates during hiring process as Aviation Advisor."
- Improved: "Coached, prepared, and screened aviation candidates during hiring process as Aviation Advisor. Results-driven program management led to 30% reduction in training time for graduate level flight program with a $250K annual budget."
- Example 2:
- "Responsible for leading team and program management of all aircraft supply and maintenance program."
- Improved: "Led and trained 30 personnel in the maintenance of multiple $30M aircraft resulting in sustained 98% maintenance operational readiness rate for a one-year deployment cycle."
- Tip for reviewing your resume: Ask "HOW" and "WHY" for every line. Fill in the gaps.
- Seek feedback about your resume from an HR recruiter or employer that is familiar with veteran resumes, to ensure you're writing about your military experience in as complete and descriptive manner possible. And then make sure you run it by an HR recruiter or employer NOT familiar with military resumes, to ensure it's understandable in layperson's terms.
Helpful Job Sites for Veteran Students/Alumni
Feds Hire Vets - Directory of Veteran Program Offices Responsible for Veteran Recruitment in Various Federal Agencies
U.S. Department of Labor - Find Meaningful Careers and Employment Rights Protection
Department of Defense - Compare Military Job Experience with Civilian Equivalent Job Titles
Vet Jobs - is available to assist ALL members of "The United States Military Family". This includes Officer and Enlisted, Active Duty, Transitioning Military, Reservists, Veterans, Retirees, of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, National Guard, Navy, NOAA and Public Health Service along with Trailing Spouses, Eligible Former Spouses, Widows, Widowers and Dependents and DOD civilians.
My Next Move - for Veterans is designed for U.S. veterans who are current job seekers. The interactive tool helps vets learn about their career options.
Bradley-Morris, Inc. - Military Job Placement Services - As a veteran pursuing higher education, your experience makes you the type of candidate today's top companies want to hire. Bradley-Morris, Inc. can arrange interviews with top-tier companies looking for employees with your leadership experience and qualifications much faster than you may
Civilian Job News (CJN) is a bi-monthly publication providing military job seekers with relevant career and transition advice. CJN is distributed in print and online to over 500 military bases worldwide and to over 170,000 job seekers with military experience
The article -- Continuing Education Resources for Veterans -- provides veterans with information about using the money awarded to them by the GI Bill for a university education.