Breaking the Code: Understanding the Intricacies of Military Resumes

Let’s face it; for employers and talent acquisition professionals, understanding military resumes is hard. They are filled with military jargon and unusual job titles. At first glance, it can almost seem like trying to decipher a foreign language.  In reading further, the skills and responsibilities listed seem overly broad and, at times, border on unrealistic. Because of the terminology and broad skills, these resumes are often sorted into the ‘too hard’ or ‘too unrealistic’ pile by HR professionals and are never given a second glance.

By dismissing a military resume so quickly, employers may miss out on a great candidate who is qualified and capable of performing the tasks at hand. Learning how to effectively evaluate a military resume may be challenging, but it is well worth the effort.

This white paper looks at how military resumes tend to differ from their civilian counterparts in three key areas: terminology, position classifications/titles, and job skills, and includes 6 ways employers can make sure a qualified applicant is not inadvertently eliminated as a result of how military information is presented on their resume.

Breaking the Code_An Employers Guide to Understanding Military Resumes