Veteran’s experience simplifies military career transition
I’m Bruce Benedict, founder of Battlefield Resumes.
I joined the US Army at age 17, as a Junior in High School and in June 1986, at age 18, I went to Basic Training as a Private E1. I served in Germany, Panama, Japan, and numerous locations throughout the U.S. I deployed four times to the Middle East, proudly serving in Bahrain, Qatar, Afghanistan, and Iraq where I received the Bronze Star Medal.
When I retired from the military after serving 21 years, 10 years as a Non-Commissioned Officer (E1-E6) and 11 years as a Commissioned Officer (O1-O4), I wasn’t prepared for the “civilian” employment process. Like many of you, I “grew up” in the military and had a “career ladder” to follow throughout my career.
In 2007, I retired from Active Duty as a MAJOR/O4 and transitioned to a senior intelligence consultant with a top government contracting agency, where I initially learned how defense contracting job announcements, applicant resumes, and interviews were conducted and approved. In 2009, I transitioned to the Federal Government, becoming a GS15 Supervisor and Hiring Manager. While here I learned how the Federal Government hiring process worked, how and why the federal resume is different from a non-federal resume, and how the federal interview is conducted and graded.
In 2011, I started a job search firm serving prior-military members. My expertise was solid. I specialized in interviewing my clients to understand key competencies from the specific military positions they held at every level of their careers, their willingness to commute, and what they were willing to do or not do in their future careers. I would focus on targeted jobs while coaching and educating in the process. This was a unique twist to how most other military resume writers prepare resumes. They would highlight competencies which in many cases were unrelated to the jobs the veteran sought. Their generic biographical resume was only differentiated when applying for different jobs by using a tailored cover letter. My focus for my clients was the opposite of the “one size fits all” generic resume approach. I set up their resumes to target specific jobs and would search federal, state, county, and local government sites, federal and defense contractor websites and job boards. I would dig into how those jobs were created (ex: job analysis, position descriptions, government contracts, etc.) in order to write form-fitting resumes with significant success.
In early 2018, I decided to move into Corporate American to better understand all aspects of Corporate Hiring. From Jan 2018 – Oct 2019, I served as Verizon’s Cyber Intelligence Services Senior Manager, developing and running Verizon’s first revenue-generating Threat Intelligence Platform Service (VTIPS), Dark Web Hunting Service, and IOC Feed service. This experience, along with my defense contractor experiences, has provided me with senior level corporate insight as to how the corporate hiring process works and what hiring managers want to see (and don’t want to see) from applicants. In late 2019, I moved into a Senior CI Program Manager position with CACI, International.
Over the years I have witnessed the struggles of veterans and their families looking for work. Instead of constantly preparing for a sudden career change, by using Battlefield Resumes, most hope for the best and often find themselves in sudden and desperate need. Timelines during this point of a job search require quick and rapid completion. However, from what I’ve seen, most coaches and writers have little experience with veteran backgrounds (aka: battlefield resumes) and even less patience for veterans requiring quick-turnaround times. This is where Battlefield Resumes can help you. We know veterans, we know the full-spectrum of hiring opportunities and the different resumes required for each, and we understand the short suspense required to get you a job. There is no reason why you alone should have to figure out your next career on your own. When you encounter uncertainty, miscommunications, and inefficiencies that cause anxiety and distract you from focused thought, contact Battlefield Resumes so we can make sense out of the Chaos.
We understand that civilian employers speak a different language than the military. Training, motivation, drive, and energy are not enough to land a good job. Interviews were rare, if ever, in the armed forces, and now expected. We also understand that you may want to replicate the level of esprit de corps and camaraderie you felt with your military family and fellow veterans, not to mention maintaining your lifestyles, status, and even personal pride.
Understanding that veterans desire a structured path, I created a path!
In developing the Battlefield Resume Methodology (BRM), I took the guesswork out of how to successfully and efficiently translate your military talents and expertise (duty assignments and specialties) into skills and competencies of civilian employment language.
I also developed a resume builder for veterans that provides pre-written downloads for each of your military positions, already translated to civilian employer language. Simply copy and paste the content into your resume then modify as needed or use the help of our resume writing team.
The career security and employment stability you’ve experienced in the military can be found in a “civilian” job. I offer resume writing coaching services for targeting jobs in the federal government, defense contracting, and corporate workforce as well as online courses. All of my tools are designed to give you an advantage over other applicants and obtain the job you want at the highest salary possible.
In addition to owning Battlefield Resumes, LLC, I am a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Executive Coach through ACT Government Services, a Certified Federal Career Coach with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Certified Coach, International Trainer and Speaker with the John Maxwell team. I hold a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) designation and have perfected job search strategies over the years to make them understandable, efficient, and easy for both sides of the employment process – the veteran job seeker as well as the civilian employer. To stay current with industry trends, I am also a member of The National Resume Writers’ Association and the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches™.
It’s time to translate your battlefield resume into your next career!