Category Archives: Military & Veterans

Whether you’ve been in 4 years or 20 years, transitioning Military & Veteran jobseekers need to ensure they demonstrate the value to an employer! It could mean a huge difference if you would land a potential role or opportunity in their company.

Military “Vetrepreneur” Success Story

This week Dannielle Ramos Rash, M.S., CPRW, Founder of First Class Résumés & Career Services was featured on www.militaryoneclick.com.

Below is the write up:

Dannielle Ramos Rash, M.S., CPRW, Founder of First Class Résumés & Career Services, understands what veterans are going through when transitioning into the civilian workforce.

As a fourth generation Army veteran that lives the Army values and has a vast knowledge of military organizations she has walked a few miles in their boots.  Growing up with parents who encouraged her to “Be All you Can Be”. She flourished in her academics and holds an extensive military background.  With over twenty years of experience in the human resources field and serving in the Army; Dannielle founded First Class Résumés in 2013 to provide dynamic resumes & career documents for veterans around the globe.

fcdisplay

Prior to Dannielle being a “Vetrepreneur” she facilitated weekly military decoration boards, and mentored Soldiers to place them in special careers at the United States Army Human Resources Command. She had always been the go to person, in an unofficial role, to assist others in writing their resumes and career documents.  After being laid off due to a Base Realignment and Closure and her son diagnosed with Autism she knew becoming a business owner would be ideal for herself and her family.

Over the last eight months, Dannielle has had some incredible opportunities as a business owner.  Some of the highlights include winning two Capital One Business Pitch competitions; the first with Empowered Women International, and the second with The Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps.  She had the chance to write resumes with military veterans at Google Headquarters in Washington D.C. and is an awardee of Count Me In’s renowned 9 month Business Accelerator Program.  Dannielle’s passion for her brothers and sisters in arms is what drove her to work alongside veterans.  This passion continues to enable her to thrive in her next mission.

Training and education has always been an important aspect in her life. As a result, Dannielle has been recognized both as a Soldier and a civilian receiving numerous military decorations, service awards as well as leadership and achievement awards.

Dannielle Resume

However, her greatest awards come from those she has inspired through her own story of commitment, courage and excellence, that they too can, “Be All you Can Be.”

Dannielle is the Principal writer of First Class Résumés & Career Services, a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW) and member of Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches. The next time you or someone you know needs a Professional Resume Writer, send them to First Class Resumes and remember, they stand by their motto and promise to design and deliver dynamic résumés to win interviews by “Taking YOU Higher to get Hired”!

http://militaryoneclick.com/military-spouse-vetrepreneur-success-story/

MilitaryOneClick is a great organization for the military community.  They  enhance the lives of military families and friends of the military community in just one click! Their site connects you with the latest news, job opportunities, deals, and countless other valuable resources. – See more at:  http://militaryoneclick.com/

 

Top 10 Tips for Your Next Mission

Are you ready to transition out of the military? Many veterans make a few mistakes when they make their transition into the civilian workforce. When departing the military you have many options. This is a topic that will impact your life in numerous ways, so take some time to seek out and absorb this information.

Launching:

The typical military transition process should be started as far out as 18 months. Many transitioning military don’t get the chance to start up their transition this far in advance. Nevertheless, if given this chance to jump start the transition process, take full advantage of the time to get your ducks in a row, so you are well prepared.

Failing to Plan:

Veterans need to figure out what career they want to target when they transition out of the military. It would behoove you to have a target for your job search needs. This will ensure your resume will showcase your career highlights and will make you shine in your job search. Take the time to figure out what you want to be when you grow up.

Toot Your Horn:

The military tends to take away the focus of the individual. During your career the military showcases team accomplishments and not so much on each individual. Although team work is vital, ensure to give yourself recognition for what you brought to the team. Also, how you can and will add worth and value to the employer. By performing your research in advance, you should be able to identify your prospects and what skills will fit into which companies.

Utilizing Resources:

Many veterans don’t use the many resources that are available to them. Each military installation has many resources and programs to assist you with your transition. In addition, you may be approved for unemployment insurance benefits if needed. Check with your local transition office to see what resources they may have to assist you. Take advantage of the many classes and resources that are available to you. In most cases they are free and you are entitled!

Civilianize It:

Most Veterans don’t typically know how to “demilitarize” their military skills and service. Many civilian hiring managers have never served in the military. This makes it difficult for a hiring manager to see how you fit into their corporate culture, especially if these potential employers don’t speak the military lingo or terminology. Just make sure to eliminate the military language from your resume and career documents.

Resume:

As far as the number of pages for a resume, it depends on the individual and their experience or lack thereof. However, don’t write a 2 page resume just to create one. One should ensure to highlight their career history. As long as you can concisely quantify your accomplishments and be able to explain how you enhanced a project or role, then it may be necessary to craft a 2 page resume. If you feel compelled to utilize a 2nd page, just make sure to be strategic and ensure the information is relevant.

If the hiring manager specifically asks for a one page document, then send them what they ask for. If you send them a 2 page document when they specifically ask for a one page resume, yours may end up in the trash can. Keep in mind when it comes to a resume never follow the “one size fits all” approach.

Networking:

I would also like to add when performing your research find out which corporate managers have military backgrounds. They’ll be glad and willing to hire like-minded workers. Don’t play it safe and not utilize your military connections to land a job. By all means tap into your military network!

The reality is 80 percent of jobs in the civilian world are landed through networking. Contact all of your former colleagues and merely ask them for leads and references. It may ultimately be one of your best assets in your job search!

boot

Career Fairs:

For transitioning military there are many Veteran career fairs you can attend. In addition to seeking out recruiting firms that specialize in placing veterans is also recommended. Don’t forget to explore all employment options, such as federal, state as well as civilian opportunities. Don’t settle for the first job offer that comes along that may not be the best fit.

Services:

There are many services offered from agencies such as the VA, veteran service organizations as well as county operated veteran services. These agencies can be particularly helpful to veterans who are seeking to transition. You would be surprised on the amount of services out there to assist veterans with their transition besides the VA or the DOD.

Benefits:

Take advantage of all the benefits afforded to you. There is a plethora of military benefits out there waiting to be utilized. The number one benefit that comes to mind is the GI Bill. If you never took advantage of the GI Bill while you were serving you need to take advantage of it now! You earned it!

Finally once you land your new career in corporate America, make sure you hit the ground running. Just like in the military, you only get one chance to get off to a great start once you get your “boots on the ground”.

Top 5 Ways to “Civilianize” your Résumé

Does your résumé have too much military language in it?  Well worry no more; it’s time to learn how to transform your military skills and education into a dynamite civilian résumé! Now that your getting out of the service, it’s time to get ready for the next chapter in your life; a civilian career!  Your most important tool in your arsenal is your résumé during your job hunt.  However, getting your military service to convert over and be understood by the civilian world can be difficult.  We have listed the top 5 ways to “civilianize” your résumé.

It only takes 10 Seconds!

How long should your résumé really be? You should always aim for one page for every 10 years of work experience/military service and no longer than two pages.  However, the question you need to be asking yourself is: Will it pass the 10 seconds?  A civilian hiring manager sees hundreds of résumés to find a handful of qualified potential candidates.  Your résumé has to first survive this initial process.  Let’s assume that each candidate’s résumé will get 10 seconds of the hiring manager’s attention.  During those 10 seconds the hiring manager has to immediately find the keywords that match the position being sought.  If you feel your background and experience deserves more than one page, make sure all the great accomplishments are on the first page!

Speaking about Accomplishments:  

Organizations hire job seekers for their potential, their experience or a combination of both.  If your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) has a civilian equivalent and you want to stay in that field, by all means highlight that information on your résumé.  If on the other hand you’re not staying in your current field then you should be selling your potential more than your experience.  The most important in either case, is how well you perform in the job.  So instead of listing your job descriptions, rather list your accomplishments.  It’s your accomplishments that sell you and your potential, your work experience sells your past. Ultimately, I assume you want to look towards the future in your career, not your past.

“Civilianize It”

Most of what you did in the military service may make sense to our civilian counterparts.  However, there are some positions, tasks and functions that have very little or no civilian equivalence.  (Grenade Handler)  The fact that you were assigned as your unit’s S1 or S3 shop, may get lost in translation.  You don’t need to take them out of your résumé, but rather “civilianize” it!  Therefore, it might read “Maintained and kept up-to-date personnel records for more than 400 employees; reduced financial error rates by two-thirds in one year saving $70 million.”  These positions are significant positions with a huge amount of responsibility.   Therefore you should translate it into a language a civilian manager can understand.

salute

 

Take out the Alphabet:

There is much about your military experience that works in your favor!  The issue lies within most military folks typically don’t know how to “civilianize” it.  In addition, the hiring managers don’t understand the military terminology.  This is the biggest challenge in being recognizable to these companies. i.e.. (TRADOC, SITREP, FORSCOM, DOD) etc.

Most military service members are under the impression that they should completely remove all things military in their résumés.  However, going to this extreme can be a mistake. There are hundreds of civilian employers that want to hire you because of that military experience! Whether you’ve been in 4 years or 20 years, transitioning Military & Veterans need to ensure they demonstrate the value to an employer as well as make your career document visually appealing to the hiring manager!

Training & Development:

Most civilian organizations enjoy hiring military folks. The reason being is they are already trained.  In addition, many prior military already have college degrees.  Don’t worry if you don’t hold a degree, most Veterans have a considerable amount of technical training from their military service.  Don’t forget to utilize your GI Bill if you want to continue with your education.  That being said, companies also like to hire educated folks, especially the ones who have served and performed well in a stressful environment, such as the military.  Therefore, make sure you keep these in mind when creating or updating your résumé.  Don’t forget, it only takes 10 seconds!