Join May Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Add your work experience, part of LinkedIn for Veterans.
- Now the next section is usually one of the most difficult for service members and veterans, work experience. It's difficult, because we often have a lot of different experiences that are sometimes hard to describe to civilians. However, it's critical that we effectively communicate our professional experience, in order to connect with all the opportunities on LinkedIn. To help you through this process, keep these tips in mind. Group your experience into overall themes. Instead of listing every billet you had in the military, group your billets into high-level themes, such as leadership or command, training or staff duties.
Tell a story in the job descriptions in three to four sentences paragraph form. It's not a resume, so don't use bullet points. Keep it simple. Ask yourself, would a buddy or a family member that's not in the military understand this description? And don't use military acronyms, just write out the words. Use the action result method. Start with an action word, and describe the action you took, then the positive results of that action. And quantify whenever possible. Numbers are universal, and are easier to understand by civilians and employers.
- [Voiceover] The first step here is adding the experience section to your profile. Just find it, and click add. I'll provide you with a great example of how you can represent your military experience on LinkedIn. First, fill out the company and title. In this case, US Army, and team leader. Then the location and time period. Finally, the most important part, the description.
Led daily operations for a 10-person team to ensure accomplishment of the unit's strategic missions. Primarily responsible for the team's readiness and planning, resulting in the successful completion of over 100 logistical resupplies. Secondary responsibility included accountability of $1 million worth of goods and materials without discrepancy over a two-year period. Mentored and trained team members on technical skills, facilitating 10 certifications and three promotions within the team.
This description follows the guidelines that we set, and accurately informs recruiters and employers about this job in a way that they can easily understand. In this section, we recommend including two to three different titles and descriptions. Some other titles Nathan might use are Operations Staff Member, or Training and Development Instructor, depending on what billets you held in the military. Now what you want to avoid, is not providing a short description of your job title. For example, if Nathan is interested in a business development manager position, but he only lists Team Leader, he may get passed up on that job because he didn't describe what he did, like the fact that he led a team of 10 soldiers, or that he designed tactical field operations.
Developing a great work experience section is key to connecting with opportunity, and it makes you discoverable to potential employers. You can be sure that employers and other LinkedIn members will be checking out your experience. So, don't worry if you spend more time in this section of your profile, than all the others combined. - My best advice is just to dive in, and get a first draft done now, then have a few people that you trust take a look at it, and provide feedback. Incorporate that feedback, then repeat the process until both you and your advisors feel good about it.
As you'll soon see with LinkedIn, once you start adding your work experience, and building up your profile, opportunities will find you.
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