Veteran’s experience simplifies military career transition
I’m Bruce Benedict, founder of Battlefield Resumes.
When I retired from the military after serving 21 years as a Non-Commissioned Officer (E1-E6) and Commissioned Officer (O1-O4), I wasn’t ideally prepared for the diverse employment structure – or really lack of structure – in the civilian employment world. Like many of you, I “grew up” in the military, having my life and career plan all laid out in front of me.
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. In 2007, I retired from Active Duty as a MAJOR/O4 and transitioned to a senior intelligence consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, a top government contracting agency.
In 2009, I transitioned to the Federal Government, becoming a GS15 Supervisor and Hiring Manager. After serving in this position for over 9 years, I learned that moving from a military model to a government agency or defense contractor model was the easiest way for prior-military personnel to start new “civilian” careers. In early 2018, I moved into Corporate American as a Senior Manager (and hiring manager) with Verizon’s Cyber Intelligence Services. 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.
I witnessed the struggles of veterans suddenly needing to figure out their next career on their own encountering uncertainty, miscommunications, and inefficiencies. The career advancement structure they used to excel and achieve was gone.
Civilian employers spoke a different language than the military. Training, motivation, drive, and energy were not enough. Interviews were rare, if ever, in the armed forces, and now expected. No different than the uncertainty encountering an IED, a new job search strategy was necessary.
On top of that, many wondered how they could ever replicate the level of esprit de corps and camaraderie they felt with their military family and fellow veterans, not to mention maintaining their lifestyles, status, and even personal pride.
In 2011, I decided to take this problem into my own hands by starting a job search firm serving ex-military. 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.
Fast forward to today.
In addition to owning Battlefield Resumes, LLC, I am a 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™.
Understanding that veterans are used to a structured path, I created a path!
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 government 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.
It’s time to create your battlefield resume!