Recruiters In Milwaukee Can Help Military Veterans Find Employment
Often recruiters in Milwaukee find themselves working with candidates who are veterans of the United States Armed Forces. These men and women often possess valuable training and experience that make them highly desirable candidates to potential employers. It can even open a door or two. Unfortunately, some of them sabotage their efforts with some resume faux pas that are easily avoidable.
- Don’t Make The Reader Feel Lost
One thing the military loves is acronyms, but they don’t always transfer well to the civilian sector. Even among the different branches, confusion can occur. A career infantryman may interpret “AO” as area of operation, while a career sailor may think it means aviation ordnance. Avoid using acronyms that aren’t explained. The same goes for technical jargon. If the reader, recruiter or hiring manager does not understand it, they may not see the value of it or it may make them feel lost and uninformed.
- Overwhelming Force May Not Be Best
Many veterans are proud of all the things they did while serving our country and rightly so. However, falling into the trap of listing every class ever taken, every aircraft ever jumped out of or every vehicle ever driven can be counter-productive. Some recruiters or hiring managers may end up skimming over the lists, because it is just too much material and, in doing so, miss the really relevant classes that you took. A good practice is to take a hard look as to whether or not something is even relevant. It may sound really interesting to list every weapon you fired, but how relevant is it to being the marketing manager?
- Translate Your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
A corollary to point number two is the need to translate the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired during military service into the requirements of the civilian sector and, more importantly, to the job being sought. Being a squad leader in an anti-aircraft missile unit may not sound like it has a lot of civilian applications, yet many of the skills and duties are the same as private sector managers. Helping a soldier sort out a pay issue and helping a salesman sort out his commission check issues aren’t that dissimilar. Performance evaluations may use different forms, but the basics are very familiar. Carefully review those similarities and articulate them clearly.
Also, do not copy long lists of job descriptions that talk about things you did not actually do. If a recruiter sees that, you just told them that you are willing to do the minimum amount of work to get by and that’s not a plus.
- Remember Your Network
Military veterans may stay in touch with their brothers and sisters in arms to remember their time serving together, to share some laughs or support each other when needed. That same network can also be of assistance in the job market. Not only might they know of an opening at their own company, they may know of ones at previous employers, companies they do business with or through contacts they’ve developed. Being an alumni of the United States military could be that foot in the door.