Training – It Matters

From the time you signed the blank check to the military you have been going through training. At times it seemed like non-stop and repetitive, while at other times it was very challenging. It does not matter which branch you served in, the training was ALWAYS mandatory. Like me, at times you’ve asked yourself this question; “Is this really necessary?” I can tell you now, that not all of that training was in vain!

When it comes to your transition, remember that you’ve transitioned before, from a civilian to a military service member. This isn’t the first time you have had to make a change. This time, however, there is a difference. You have been trained to handle any situation, any time, and any condition. This time, however, you need to let others know that you are trained to do so. You have skills and experience that can ONLY be acquired in the military, through intensive training given in such a way that enables you to retain this in even the most stressful of situations.

Employers need to know this and want to understand what you do, what you have done and what you are capable of doing. This is an action that you need to commit to, it’s time to train the hiring managers! You are empowered to step forward to change the mindset of the hiring managers and you can do so by inviting them to view your training records. These are more valuable than references and really shows the actions you have taken to better yourself and your career. These are official and certified and will go a long way in educating a hiring manager as to what you have specifically DONE. These training documents contain all of the OJT specifics that college graduates do not bring to the table.

On the bottom of most resumes you will invariably find the words, buy cheap amoxil online “references by request”. Why should you not include the statement, “Military Training Records upon request”? Many employers may view your resume and look over the past positions you have held at various locations and certainly will see your leadership abilities. However, many of them will find themselves asking the question, “What did they DO?” Training records alleviate a lot of confusion as it spells out specifics in relation to what you are capable of, these are the TRUE skills you bring to the table and these are the very things the hiring manager wants to know if you can and are able to perform.

When applying for positions online, feel free to upload a PDF version of your training documents in addition to your resume and other pertinent documents as it relates to the position. Ensure that you black out information such as your SS# due to privacy concerns. This may also assist with keyword searches, tags, and filters that many recruiters use to search for candidates thus increasing your chances of being contacted for an interview. Do not miss the opportunity to discuss your training record with the recruiter, this will help him or her understand your abilities and give them a much easier picture to paint for the hiring manager about you.

In summary, you have the training needed to handle anything that is thrown at you. You are fully capable of turning years of training and experience into action during your transition, help the recruiter to understand your skills, to see your skills in a way that will enable them to “sell” you to the hiring manager. Once the right fit comes along, you will be able to put those words on paper into action.



By |2018-08-24T13:05:58+00:00November 30th, 2016|Categories: Before the Interview, Job Satisfaction, Training, Veteran's Corner|2 Comments

About the Author:

Carl has been with PeopleScout for almost four years and serves as the Military Recruitment SME/ Sr. Military Recruiter for PeopleScout. He has been focused on veteran recruitment for over 6 years including a prior role. He also serves as a Military Liaison with the ESGR (Employer Support of Guard and Reserve) for the State of Indiana where he and his wife and four kids reside.


  1. Anne Crawford December 2, 2016 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Hi Carl, your advice is very important to all those who have served , or who are serving in the military right now. I am a certified Career Transition coach and I do a lot of work with veterans and active duty soldiers, and the ESGR program in RI.I tell my active duty clients to write down often all their responsibilities during the day. This will show not only their leadership skills but how they think and follow directions etc. Once they do that it makes forming a strong civilian resume much easier and also helps with the interview too. Please reach out , if you are ever on the east coast. All the best, Anne

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      Carl Vickers December 5, 2016 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      Hello Anne,

      Thank you for the work you do with the ESGR and our soldiers. Your advice to those on active orders to keep a daily log is spot on! I agree, preparation for separation begins on day one and solid documentation is key. It also serves as a reminder of all of their accomplishments during their time in service and certainly will assist them during annual reviews (EPRs) for promotions. Nothing is wasted! Have a great day and thank you again for your valuable input.
      Next time I am in the area I will certainly drop in!Respectfully, Carl

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