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Author Topic: Good advice. I've been using my veteran

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2010-09-21 16-40-08

Good advice. I've been using my veteran advisors at the local workforce center, and they've been helping me translate my military titles and skills into civilian equivalents. I've actually been turned down for technical writing jobs because I never had the job title of "tech writer" - even though I wrote technical materials for more than 10 years. The military doesn't grant titles for every job that you do. An assistant chief of public affairs is basiy equivalent to the VP of a PR firm. He reports directly to the CEO (wing commander). I'm only settling for $40,000 because I have retirement income, and I don't need to make six figures. Plus, now that I am retired, I would like to spend more time with my family before my kids get married. I spent years away from my wife and kids in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan and Turkey, so I want to try to make up some of that lost time. I don't know if many employers probably would understand that reasoning. It seems like most civilian jobs are getting more like the military. They expect you to put the company (mission) first, before God, before your family and before yourself.
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2010-09-22 18-15-00

Okay, have your created a couple of different resumes? I would create a resume for each of the positions you are interested in: Technical Writer, PR Position, etc. and filter out all the stuff that you did that isn't relevant to the position and highlight all the projects you did that are relevant. You might also want to get some advice from someone in the private sector (placement agency, friend that hires people, etc.) to get their perspective on how you are presenting yourself. As far as the salary, the types of your positions you are seeking for an entry-level person should pay what you are seeking and if your experience puts you at a mid-senior level, double or more what you've listed as a minimum (depending on where you live). I would keep quiet on salary and just let them know that you are focused on opportunity, not salary. Good luck
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2010-09-26 0-35-16-

Yes, I've been tailoring resumes to every job that I'm applying for. It's time consuming, but seems to be more effective at landing interviews. I got a today for a civil service interview, and I'm excited about it. It's scheduled for Wednesday morning, so I am going to do some in-depth homework on the agency over the weekend. I really hope I get the job. I am really tired of being home bound and I'm so ready to go back to work.
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