For the next couple of years, tens and thousands of veterans will-be entering the civilian-workforce as the military-shrinks to coincide together with the winding-down of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many if not most of you will, sadly, be ill-equipped with-the understanding of the way to best-navigate the civilian-workforce as making your transition. The most significant and first measure you need to take would be to make an eye-catching-resume that effectively interprets your military-experience, and does so in an approach that relates to the civilian companies. In this post, we shall see some important ideas for creating a military cv especially with veterans & transitioning military-personnel in mind. We shall also see the required resources and tools in the end.
Well, resume writing is not simple, and there are many different views on how to do it. In reality, your resume has three main missions:
- To function as a tool to direct your job interviews.
- To showcase your abilities, qualifications and achievements so the great companies are attracted by it.
- To entice a company to take actions; particularly, to provide you with the chance for a job interview.
The challenge would be to compose a curriculum vitae that opens the doors to future chances and put you in front of a prospective employer. This really is important for military-to-civilian job seekers who must focus their vitae on abilities, qualifications, and achievements which are transferable to the civilian workforce. Essentially, you would like to compose a curriculum vitae that does NOT say who you were, but to paint the future of who you want to be.
Tips For Writing A Veteran Curriculum Vitae:
Assume the hiring manager is not familiar with the military:
The first and foremost thing is to make the hiring manager understand what you've done in your service. Well, not all hiring manager are aware of it. So, make sure to write the description of the work (Using military jargons) language that civilians can understand, and what exactly you accomplished.
onetonline.org is quite useful in making the translation
How to use the above tool:
1. Choose the right military division from the drop down
2. Enter MOC or your MOS in the carton
3. Hit go
4. Pick the occupation that is right from the list on the following page
5. Make use of the description in the jobs section compose a civilian job description that is friendly for what you did in the military.
It's not recommended to copy and paste what's on this site onto your curriculum vitae!
Produce A Curriculum Vitae that Addresses the Company’s Needs:
- It is necessary to emphasize abilities, the military expertise, and achievements which are most related to the job you're applying for.
- Discover (from the job-description and other sources) what abilities and expertise are demanded for the occupation.
- Your resume should answer these questions presented by an expected company, “WHAT can this candidate do for my Business and are they a great fit for the place?”
- Then determine what elements of your background (abilities, expertise, achievements, and awards) are most important
to the place.
- Don't include, or deemphasize, any advice that will not relate to the job you're applying for including any unrelated military awards, distinctions, and training.
Achievements and Awards:
Write a couple of sentences about why you got the award along with listing the real award. The reasons you received the award could help an employer determine in case you possess the abilities or competencies for their place. Write the achievement in your Work Experience section, demonstrating that you received awards for exceptional service.
“ Tours in Iraq, LOGGED 1,200 FLIGHT HOURS WITHOUT A SINGLE LOSS OF LIFE OR AIRCRAFT during two As a USMC Crew chief the United States, including during battle conditions. Earned numerous recognitions, including numerous Air Medals and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Civilians and participated in armed interdictions, border patrolling, medical evacuations of the military, and special operations.”
Tools & Resources:
Resume Editor. The Veterans Employment Center (VEC) can allow you to develop a civilian or federal resume. Manually put in your info to build your resume.
Hire Heroes USA Transition Specialists can help you in the event that you are fighting with the best way to describe your military expertise as well as abilities in a civilian curriculum vitae.
I was pretty disappointed with that offering in the canon of Koontz latest works. Nevertheless, I still felt a frisson of excitement when I picked up the latest Koontz books and settled down the read The Good Guy with a mixture of hope, trepidation and anticipation!
I am glad to say that The Good Guy by Dean Koontz is a far superior offering to The Husband, although I will stop short of saying that it’s Koontz back to his inimitable best (the guy has written some 90 novels, so he can perhaps be forgiven if they are not all up to magnum opus standards!). In any case, this was a book I really did enjoy reading, and if it doesn’t go back to Koontz’s creepy suspense roots entirely, it is steered in that direction by a pretty nasty and creepy antagonist in the form of killer for hire Krait.
The premise of the novel is a mistaken identity. Tim Carrier, a simple enough on the surface stone mason, is enjoying a quiet beer after work, when a stranger enters the bar and mistakes him for a killer for hire, giving him an envelope stuffed with cash and a photo of the victim, a woman named Linda Paquette. Perturbed, Tim tries to abort this mission by waiting for the real hitman to show up, and telling him the deal’s off - which buys him some time to get to the intended victim, and warn her. What ensues is a thrilling cat and mouse chase, with the dangerous and crazy contract killer determined not only to kill Linda and Tim, and end their blossoming relationship, but also to make them suffer.
I did enjoy reading The Good Guy (which seems to be a new Koontz sub genre, the good, quiet man with a simple life but a secretly exciting or dangerous past) and the prose was a pleasure to sit through, clean and crisp. The characters were interesting and not too simple, and Krait, the cold blooded, creepy, insanely civilised and yet death hungry killer, was a dark joy to experience. If you can forgive one or two substantial holes and some slightly frayed loose ends (one wonders how these get past the publishers’ editors, as they are spotted right away by amazon reviewers and everybody who reads the books), then this is a good old cat and mouse chase type thriller that will occupy a good chunk of your reading time :)
If you read my last couple of Koontz reviews you’ll know I was pretty disappointed with The husband, but felt some of the spark returning when I read The Good Guy. So it was that I bought Darkest Evening of the Year on release date, and despite a busy schedule made the time to read the first few chapters, feeling strangely that this book was going to pack the punch that had been lacking in Koontz's previous two offerings.
I’m happy to say I was not wrong! The Darkest Evening of the Year sees Dean Koontz back on form as far as I am concerned, with a spooky and mysterious novel that I was happy to lose myself in over a few nights (I used to read such books over 1 or 2 sittings, but circumstances are different at the moment!). In any case, I was hooked on the plotline, and was pulled forward into the narrative, wanting to know what happened next, and somewhat seduced by Koontz’s sharp, crystal-crafted prose (whatever criticisms are levelled at Koontz, his descriptive powers are second to none)
So, what is the story about? Central character, with a mysterious past, Amy Redwing, dedicates her life to saving endangered Golden Retrievers, and has founded an organisation for just this purpose. Even among dog lovers, she’s a legend for the risks she’ll take to save an animal. One night she ends up at a home where an abusive drunk is doing his thing with wife and daughter, and offers him a large sum for the dog, as the wife and kid are getting out of there - in fact Amy puts herself at considerable risk, but there appears to be an immediate and uncanny bond between this new dog, Christened Nickie, and Amy.
But these happy dog rescuing events are thrown into doubt by some sinister and eerie incidents. An ominous stranger is following Amy, and her home is invaded and robbed of certain items - it appears Amy’s mysterious past may be catching up with her, and her boyfriend Brian has secrets of his own too. As the story progresses, the mystery unravels chapter by chapter, and it was this rush of wanting me to find out what was behind it all that kept me turning the pages.
This novel has a lot of stuff going on, twisted plotlines, shocking events - random murder, sexual perversion, child torture and infanticide; but somehow the characters of Amy and Nickie the Golden retriever offer some kind of redemption. I will not be forgetting the supremely evil but beautiful Moon Girl in a hurry, one of the baddest girls I’ve come across in a book for a while, and the cold and merciless Harrow also makes the blood run cold. There’s also a strange hybrid character in the form of Billy Pilgrim, who despite being a cold blooded cynical killer, also appears eminently likeable in a lot of ways, and I love one bit where Koontz, highly aware of plenty of recent criticism on the boards and book reviews sites, muses through the character on some of the benefits of not having become a writer, which was the killer’s initial ambition
The novel does suffer slightly, I feel from an ending that seems rather rushed, and the introduction of deus ex machina may detract from its success to an extent (then again it is nice to see the supernatural element return to Koontz, where it belongs) but like they say, it’s the journey, not the destination that matters, and Dean Koontz’s The Darkest Evening of the Year took me on a narrative ride that I haven’t enjoyed so much in ages.
Just one word of warning, if you don’t like dogs, and have a gripe against dog lovers, this may not quite be the book for you!
The phrase “this book could change your life” is much overused in Publishers’ press releases and on jacket blurbs, but there are books that do change lives - not in all cases in the spectacular fashion that some books may claim, but in more gentle, subtle ways.
Peace is Every Step is such a gentle book, and certainly the Buddhist perspective from which it is written is one that has improved, changed, even saved a good few lives!
In the rush of modern life, particularly in the West, and now in the fast becoming Westernized eastern nations, human beings have largely forgotten how to live in the moment and to access the peace that can be found in each moment - we tend to dwell on the past, or our minds rush headlong into the future, making plans that might come to fruition, reacting to things that might happen or might never happen, trying to avoid things we don’t want to happen - or if we can’t avoid them, we at least try to avoid thinking about them!
Modern life itself is unstable, unpredictable, and is full of unsatisfactoriness which makes us suffer - stress, anger, need, hate, greed, seem to persist long after we have solved most of the practical problems that living in the world presents. In this book, Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Master, monk, peace activist and poet, shows us how we can make use of the situations and circumstances that normally leave us feeling stressed, antagonised and negative.
Through the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, we can learn to live and find joy and peace in each moment, and grow from the manure, as it were, of our problems and negativity.
Although it is written by a Buddhist monk, and essentially draws on the Buddhist principle of mindfulness, Peace is Every Step does not attempt to draw the reader into Buddhism, but concentrates on helping readers live in the moment and be happier people - both for their own sakes and the sake of others. In deceptively simple language, Thich Nhat Hanh describes mindfulness techniques for dealing with anger and the like, as well as everyday situations that might normally have us stressed - the ringing of a telephone, for example, is a reminder to breathe and come back to ourselves, if only for a moment; washing the dishes is an opportunity to revel in the sensations of warm water and to living fully in the moment.
We crave so much what is outside ourselves, he says - but we can enjoy a view of the sky from pretty much anywhere, and can return to the simply beauty of ourselves by using conscious breathing wherever we are - finding the meditative peace that we may or may not also find on the meditation cushion.
All in all this book was a breath of fresh air at a difficult time in my life, and the exercises and outlook certainly helped me. It’s the kind of book I will read again before passing on so somebody else can benefit. Thich Nhat Hanh has written other books which I will be looking at, as this book was very easy to read, and did not get heavy or lecturing despite having a very profound, albeit very simple, message to offer.
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