Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Military-to-Civilian Resume


Applicant Tracking Systems and hiring managers scan for relevant skills and pertinent action verbs when initially surveying potential job applicants’ resumes. When an ATS scans your resume, it’s assessing the number of keywords and phrases that meet the job requirements before flagging it as a potential match for recruitment personnel. You can improve your chances of attracting a hiring manager’s attention by including skill keywords in your resume. Look for the skills and traits that match your industry while including some specific to the military, as well.

Key Skills & Proficiencies

  • Administration
  • Analysis
  • Communication
  • Compliance
  • Confidentiality
  • Coordination
  • Crisis response capabilities
  • Cybersecurity
  • Database
  • Discipline
  • Dedication
  • Ethical hacking
  • Firewalls
  • IT security
  • Information technology
  • Mitigation
  • Network security
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Remediation assessment
  • Risk management
  • Security operations
  • Systems administration
  • Team player
  • Technical skills
  • Vulnerability assessment

Action Verbs

  • Advance
  • Advise
  • Analyze
  • Consult
  • Cooperate
  • Create
  • Define
  • Demonstrate
  • Design
  • Develop
  • Direct
  • Enhance
  • Execute
  • Maintain
  • Manage
  • Motivate
  • Organize
  • Plan
  • Provide
  • Research
  • Resolve
  • Submit
  • Supervise
  • Train

Resume Builder offers free resume templates to help you create a professional resume. Choose from several template options, and use these military-to-civilian resumes examples as a guide.

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