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The Elements of Resume Style, 2nd Edition by Scott Bennett

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APPENDIX C

A Special Note to Veterans

Write for readers who have little or no understanding of the military. Use plain English, civilian terminology.

As you write, omit/exclude:

  Military terminology/jargon

  Military acronyms

  Military slang

  Military abbreviations

  Details of combat

Since you are transitioning into a new career, include a Goal section (see Chapter 4).

Create position descriptions/blurbs containing plenty of action statements (i.e., evidence of transferable skills)* and get specific. For example, describe:

  Number of people managed

  Dollar amounts of budgets managed

  Dollar value of assets you managed

  “Civilian-transferable” skills training you have given to others

  Problems/opportunities successfully identified ...

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