Today I want to cover one of the most important topics in your military transition – the resume. I’m going to take you first through the purpose of the resume – answering the questions what it is and why it’s important.  In my next post I will explain a 3 step process to help you create your first military transition resume – answering the question of how.

Let’s get to it.

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Soldiers are not as other men – that is the lesson that I have learned from a life cast among warriors. They are those of a world apart… which exists in parallel with the everyday world but does not belong to it.

John Keegan, British military historian

The big day has finally arrived. You’ve got your first interview and you are all set. You’re mind is racing with ways to position yourself and your experience for the role. As you begin the conversation  you dive into how your last position has prepared you for this role before you. But you have probably made one mistake most veterans make – they assume the person are interviewing with understands the military.  Here is how you can avoid that mistake – sell the military first before you sell yourself.

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The case against an MBA

In my last post I took you through the case for getting an MBA, a Masters of Business Administration.  Now I want to explain the other side – why you don’t necessarily need an MBA to succeed in your military transition

 “MBA programs …. have become so expensive that students “must effectively mortgage their lives” and take on “a crippling burden of debt” to get what is “mostly a worthless piece of paper.” Kaufman believes that MBA programs “teach many worthless, outdated, even outright damaging concepts and practices.” And if that’s not bad enough, he insists that an MBA won’t guarantee anyone a high-paying job, let alone turn a person into a skilled manager or leader.”

Josh Kaufman being interviewed in a Money article called “Why Business School Is a Waste of Time and Money.”

Ouch! If this is not a critique of the MBA, I’m not sure what is.

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