Friday, December 12, 2008

How to Translate Military Rank / MOS to Civilian Job Title for a Military-to-Civilian Resume

Military job titles are not always easy to understand, especially for civilian employers. If you're an exiting military personnel who's putting together a resume, or you're a professional resume writer with a client who's exiting the military, check out About.com: US Military.

Written by Rod Powers, this section of about.com is generous with information for exiting military men and women. I especially like the following pages for understanding military job titles and their responsibilities:
- Army Enlisted Job Descriptions and Qualification Factors
- Navy Enlisted Rating (Job) Descriptions and Qualification Factors
- Air Force Enlisted Job Descriptions and Qualification Factors
- United States Marine Corps Enlisted Job Descriptions and Qualification Factors
- Coast Guard Enlisted Job Descriptions

Once on a page with a specific job title and description, you'll see the Indeed Job Search function. Insert one or more keywords from the military job description into the Indeed search box to find applicable jobs. By comparing the military job description to the civilian job posting, you'll get a sense of how to translate military lingo into civilian-speak.

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