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Old 05-13-2012, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Hello everybody, I am currently in the Navy and plan to get out soon. About 9 more months to be exact. The Navy has been my only real job thus far and I am actually quite nervous yet excited to jump out there into the civilian world and see what is available.

I recently stopped by a resume writing service office to have them help me assist in writing my resume and from my 4 years experience in the Navy, I am quite underqualified. I am pretty open to any job out there. Not really looking for anything in particular.

I was wondering if you guys could please give me some tips on boosting and diversifying my resume to help me be more flexible out there in the job market. Are there any certifications I could get to help me out? Any advice helps... stuff even like a guard card or a forklift drivers license etc.

thanks in advance!
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:11 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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In this economy? There isn't a lot out there and you WILL be competing with hundreds for the same job. Staying in is probably a wiser choice.

For example... a forklift job might get you $10 hr.

Big bucks?
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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yes i've heard it a million times... I am getting out for sure. No changing my mind. The military is not my cup of tea.

With that being said, any tips for making my resume a bit more flexible?
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Old 05-14-2012, 05:46 AM
 
Location: California
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yes i've heard it a million times... I am getting out for sure. No changing my mind. The military is not my cup of tea.

With that being said, any tips for making my resume a bit more flexible?
What are your skills? You have to have learned something in the military that translates to the outside of the military job market.

Also, what do you want to do? I am in customer service and recruiting, so I am looking for someone who loves people, who is willing to talk to people, etc. Sell your abilities. Sell those things that allow you to stand out to the person interviewing you. Without some idea what you consider your skills, it is hard to say what you can add to your resume, but the experiences you have and how you handle the things you encounter often translate to more job experience than you think.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:37 AM
 
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What exactly do you do in the navy?
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Old 05-14-2012, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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My job title is Mineman. We specialize in detecting and neutralizing underwater mines. It doesn't translate well into the civilian world at all lol.

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Old 05-14-2012, 03:41 PM
 
Location: California
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Not really, LOL

But at the same time, it sort of does. Do not focus on what you do specifically, rather the skills that you use and have developed. Patience, attention to detail, the ability to work well under pressure all translate, even though the amount of time spent in the civilian world looking for underwater mines is likely going to be very little.
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, Tn
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From what I see of your rating here:Mineman (MN)

It looks like you have some industrial mechanical and small electronics experience. Might could focus in on that. Cell Phone repair techs (small electronics), Maybe some of the metal trades (Iron Workers, Millwrights, Pipefitters {because of the hand tools, hoisting and rigging}), Metal Fab Shops.

If you could throw some Industrial Certificates behind that, you could get more money. Check with some community colleges on the Certs or A.A.S. Degrees.

Hope this helps a little.
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