Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Veterans on the Job Hunt

A caller inquired about online resume-building resources for people moving from military service to the civilian sector.

My initial advice was to weed out the "junk sites" with Google by limiting the domains and starting with .gov, .edu, and .org.

Google's Advanced search page has this option, under Need more tools?, or you can type "site:.edu" in the Basic search box after your search terms.

Yeah, it's Google 101. But it makes a huge difference.

So I tried "military transition resume" and variations. Here's just a sample of what I came up with, listed in order of relevance:

U.S. Department of Labor
Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)

VETS: Create an Effective Resume (pdf)

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Manual (pdf)



HireVetsFirst Military Skills Translator

HireVetsFirst Resume Writer
Resume Center
Military Transition
Purdue University
Online Writing Lab (OWL) Resume Workshop
University of Minnesota
Resume Tutor
The Ohio State University
Resume Tips for Military Experience (pdf)
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Describing Military Experience on a Civilian Resume
Regis University
Military to Civilian Career Transition
University of Illinois Career Center
Questions About Your Resume (pdf)

Action Words (pdf)
State of Massachusetts
The Resume Guide
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army (CC BY 2.0).

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