There are several reasons why a business should hire you, however, I picked 7 that are transferable across industries and ones easily incorporated into your resume:
- Experience – You bring to the workforce skills and experience that you have used in often changing and unpredictable real-world situations.
- Leadership – You have been trained to lead by example by using the leadership styles of direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration. You understand how to motivate people to perform their best.
- Teamwork – Mission accomplishment requires a blend of individual and group productivity. You also understand the synergy a team can generate verses each team member working individually.
- Diversity – You have the experience of working side-by-side with individuals from different races, genders, geographic origins, ethnic backgrounds, religions and economic status’ as well as those people having various mental and physical capabilities, and attitudes. You have a built-in sensitivity based on your experience of working with all types of people.
- Performs Under Pressure – You know how to accomplish your work using limited resources and changing schedules. When faced with multiple projects, you know how to prioritize so the most important project gets done first on-time and within budget.
- Accountability – You have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. You understand the concept of being responsible for both your and your subordinates’ actions.
- Integrity – You know what it means to do “an honest day’s work.” This integrity translates into sincerity and trustworthiness.
Once you are finished going to school under the GI Bill and get ready to apply for a job, think how you can incorporate these 7 items into your resume, because they make a difference. Employers look for these things in an employee.
As a veteran, you have the education, training and experience in a wide variety of topics performed in real-world (and sometimes dangerous) situations. That is something your non-military, new college graduates don’t have. They may have the education, but lack the other two. That gives you a competitive edge when vying for a job. Use it to your advantage.
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