Skills and Resumes

Cilivian Career Path

You have intrinsic military skills and values that are very important to highlight in your resume. Start by reviewing the list below and note which skills apply to you. Perhaps there are additional skills or values that you have and are not listed. The Profile section of your resume describes your key strengths, skills, and accomplishments. Here is where you highlight these intrinsic military skills. Also, when describing your various positions in the Experience section of your resume and the results and accomplishments achieved, these skills again play a part in the description.

There are also some skills and/or tasks that you have performed that you do not want to include on your resume or in interviews. They might provide too graphic a picture of the horror side of war and military experiences and thereby frighten civilian employers. Always play your aces and the best you have to offer.


Intrinsic Military Skills

  • Commitment
  • Follow through
  • Loyalty
  • Determination
  • Discipline
  • Leadership/Management
  • Ability to take direction
  • Punctuality
  • Teamwork
  • Decision Making/High Pressure/Risk
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Work ethic
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Navigate Ambiguity

Transferable Skills


Review your military experience and training and translate into civilian or business terminology. There are several websites below under Resumes that will help in this translation. Enter your MOS/MOC, Rate, AFSC, title, or designator and your civilian equivalent experiences will be suggested. This can also help you choose your next career besides being used in your resume and interviews to communicate to a civilian audience.


Resume - Greatest Challenge for Veterans


Now for the hard part. Do not under estimate the difficulty you will encounter in creating your civilian resume without the technical military vocabulary you have been accustomed to using for both your experience and your training. Also remember not to use military abbreviations or acronyms which civilians will not understand even if you spell them out. Try to paraphrase with standard English words.

Translating your military experience and training into civilian vernacular for your resume will be a daunting task. There are websites that can assist you.

The Department of Veteran Affairs has an extremely useful site to help you determine what your military training and experience equates to in the civilian world. Use this site to assist you in determining your next career once your TDY at Post University is completed.

Hero 2 Hired A Department of Defense Program which provides a military skills translator to assist you in translating your military experience into a civilian resume. Also offers job search, career exploration, live & virtual hiring events, advice & training, and social networking.

Military.com Employers looking for military experience. Translator for military experience into civilian terms.