In this video, Florent Groberg invites you to understand your military occupation specialty. He walks through his previous military job functions translated into civilian language. He also gives tips writing a resume including; translating military titles, avoiding acronyms, and simplifying into civilian language. Lastly, Florent emphasizes the importance of requesting and receiving feedback on your résumé.
- So I was forced to medically retire from the army. It wasn't something I expected to happen. I didn't plan on this. So when I had to face transitioning, I didn't know where to start. I didn't know anything about a resume. I didn't know how my skills would translate. And this is long before I was awarded the Medal of Honor. Back then I was stuck. I didn't know what I was going to do. Now here's one thing I learned from that experience.
It wasn't just going to be given to me. I had to work for it, just like in the military. Nothing is given to you for free. You have to earn it every step of the way. In this section, I want to help you begin to take initiative. This is your life. This is your career. These are your passions and aspirations that we are talking about. And that's important stuff. I want to help give you a blueprint of how you can do this.
So let's talk about your resume. The first step is to understand your military occupation specialty. Myself, I was an 11 alpha in the army, an infantry officer. Now take a piece of paper and write down your job's primary functions. For me, I led ground military soldiers into complex strategic, technical, and tactical situations. We operated under stressful, adverse, and timely conditions. I was responsible for the planning and execution of training for up to 150 soldiers.
I managed equipment and assets worth over $23 million. I also maintained a health and welfare of up to 150 soldiers. Okay, so we know what you did. You now have to translate those skills into civilian words. And it all starts with your title. A hiring resource manager with no military experience will not understand this line. 4th Platoon Leader, Dagger Company, 4th infantry, 4th ID, Fort Carson, Colorado.
So stay away from acronyms and abbreviations. Here, instead, write Platoon Leader/Supervisor, Fort Carson, Colorado. Also military school should be simplified as well. Dates should be accurate without any period missed between positions. When describing your position, use the primary functions that you initially wrote down and put them into a text. It is important to remember that you are describing your functions to an individual who does not speak the military language.
So keep it in civilian jargon. All right, let's continue on this path. Once we've made it this far, what next? You need to get feedback as if you were going to write a paper, your resume will need a second look from a person from a similar background. After you receive feedback, it is your responsibility to update your resume accordingly. Now, take that resume and get a third opinion. But this time that person needs to be a civilian without military experience.
Their feedback will allow you to make sure that you are on the right track. So the resume's ready, but can you speak it? You need to understand every single point you're making in your resume and be able to explain it. Get with your mentor or a friend and conduct mock interviews. On the phone and in person. And please be receptive to criticism. Now mold your resume to the specific position. One common mistake is to just throw your resume out there and hope it gets noticed.
Here's my advice, read. I'll say it again, read the job description and the key skills required. Once you know what they're looking for, tailor your resume so that your skills and descriptions match those requirements. One more thing. Your resume is all about you. It will get you to the interview. So be prepared mentally to talk about yourself. Our professional lives in the military have always depended on our team.
It's never been about me. It's always been about us. But here's a tip. As you're writing your resume, replace the word we with I. Focus on what you've done and what value you can bring to an employer. The hiring manager will want to know everything about you that you are willing to share. Be confident. Trust in your experiences. Smile and you'll knock it out of the ballpark.
And remember, you're valuable. You bring relevant and valuable experience to a potential employer. And with a powerful resume in hand, there's no limit to what you can achieve.
Discover how to understand your strengths and value, where your skills fit into today's job market, and how to translate your experience into a solid resume. Learn how a mentor can help you navigate the transition and open up new opportunities. With Flo's advice, you can find a new purpose and continue the journey you started in the military—bringing your talents to bear on a whole new mission in life.
- Taking initiative
- Understanding your value
- Translating your experiences
- Building your resume
- Using a mentor
- Setting realistic expectations
- Building a network
- Transitioning into a new job
- Bonus videos featuring stories of transition from veterans