Do You Have the Right Credentials for the Civilian Job You Seek?

Civilian CredentialsDuring your transition from the military, you need to take stock of what skills you have and what skills you need for the civilian career you are targeting. It may make sense for you to pursue a certificate or earn civilian credentials in your field.

Research shows that well selected education and training provide the best returns on investment, and having the right credentials can give you a competitive edge for landing the job you’re after. But how do you know what civilian credentials you should acquire?

You can use the following websites to identify civilian credentialing requirements:

  1. Credential Opportunities On-Line (COOL) or
  1. America’s Career Information Network
  1. America’s CareerOneStop
  1. GoArmyEd

Another method of researching skill requirements is by using LinkedIn. From your LinkedIn account (which I highly recommend you set up if you haven’t already) you can search for people who have the same type of job you’re hoping to land. Study their profiles to see what education, certification, training, and skills they possess. This will give you a good indication of what is required for that position.

Also use LinkedIn to search for jobs that you are targeting. Study the job listing and take note of the required skills the recruiter lists in the job description. Do you have these skills? If so, be sure they are included on your resume and in LinkedIn profile. If you are missing any requirements, consider pursuing further education/certification to enhance your credentials.

Be sure you clearly understand and take advantage of the excellent educational benefits you earned through your military service. Use your G.I. Bill and Tuition Assistance benefits to get the education and training that will help you land a great job.

Identifying Your Skills and Strengths in the Workplace
Translating Military Experience into Civilian Language – Part 1
Translating Military Experience into Civilian Language – Part 2



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