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Translating Military Experience to Civilian Jobs


How do you translate military experience to civilian jobs?

The best answer is a little creativity and research on the part of the hiring manager and/or recruiter. For example, if you see “Quartermaster” on an Army veteran’s resume, you should know that this person was responsible for logistics support of soldiers and operations. This person was probably responsible for providing support for thousands of soldiers and equipment around the world! If he could do that, he could probably handle your warehouse in Denver! If you are a civilian employer, translate “Quartermaster” or “Supply” to jobs like Warehouse Manager. (By the way, Quartermaster has a different definition if the person was in the Navy.)

Simply do an internet search for “military job titles” to find lots of handy sites that will help you translate military job titles to the more common civilian job titles.

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