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Question: How Can Veterans Translate Military Skills to Civilian Roles?
What are your tips for translating military service and skills when applying and interviewing for civilian roles?
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Answer: Focus on the Future: Cutting-Edge Certifications
My primary tip for the heroes of our nation through their transition is to focus their attention on future industry certifications and education. For instance, the need for employees with skills in cybersecurity, digital development, and innovative marketing will continue to increase with consumers’ reliance on mobile and smart technology growing by the day, forcing traditional companies to embrace cutting-edge technologies. Simply put, with industries evolving and client bases being more tech-savvy and tech-forward, the need to hire tech-focused employees will drastically increase.
I would also suggest that military service members not solely rely on their primary MOS (military occupational specialty) to open the door to career opportunities. Business owners (like myself) are hyper-focused on their bottom lines. Employees that can increase company revenue and offer innovative (but cost-effective) ways to gain more clients (and retain current customers) will always be in demand.
Simply put, your career in the military is the foundation. Always look for opportunities to build on top of the phenomenal foundation that has been meticulously constructed and cultivated by the military. “Drive On.”