May 22

Top 3 Resume Builders for Veterans

There are many sites that have resume assistance, but there are a few that really stand out.  One challenge that many new Veterans face, is translating their military experience into terms that civilian employers understand and want.  Many employers want to hire Veterans and many Veterans need jobs, but it can be difficult to communicate how your military experience translates to a civilian job. These websites have some of the best tools available to help you do just that.

Hiring Our Heroes: Resume Engine

Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation partnered with Toyota to create one of the best resume builders on the market for military and veterans. The engine is easy to use and does all the hard work for you. All you have to do is input your MOS. It will give you a brief description of that occupation in civilian terms. What makes this engine stand out is that the descriptions were written by HR managers from companies and they include all of the key terms and buzzwords that other HR personnel seek out. If you took any advanced classes in the military, the tool will also help you explain those in a job-task orientation. The tool essentially asks a series of questions about everything you might have done in the military, and at the end you have a professional resume that is written in a style that HR managers understand and that highlights all of your best qualities.

This website has tons of tools to help active duty, reserve, guard and Vets. They also have a great “Skills Translator”. You simply choose your service, rank and MOS and it provides a list of civilian skills written in civilian terms. You can even add your military subspecialties and training, and it will translate each one to a related civilian skill that you can put on your resume. Even better, they have hundreds of jobs listed that match those skills. You can search the jobs by location or occupation.  If you still need more information, they have a list of “equivalent civilian occupations” at the bottom of the page. The list includes other related jobs, skill requirements and whether or not you have those skill requirements based upon your military experience.


Scroll about halfway down the page and you’ll see a section called “Discover your potential” – this is where you’ll find career assessments. This website tries to go beyond your standard MOS Translator which only matches you to jobs similar to what you’ve done in the military. If you’re looking to change to a new career field, or if you’re military career doesn’t directly translate to civilian employment (aka combat Veterans), then this is the place to go.  They help you combine your military experience with your interests to find the best career path.  Then they help you find the tools to get started.

Bonus site:

O-Net Online

O-Net is a partner of the American Job Center Network of the U.S. Department of Labor.  This website isn’t listed in the Top 3 because it doesn’t have a traditional resume builder.  What it does have is a Military Crosswalk Search.  You select your branch and MOS and it provides a wealth of information.  First, it gives you a list of matching occupations. The list highlights Green Jobs as well as those that have a “bright outlooks” for future job openings.  Once you select the civilian occupation that interests you, this is where the information gets good. It provides you a list of tasks, tools & technology, KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities), work activities, educational requirements, wages and employment, job openings and more.  You can use this tool to identify possible career paths, to find additional key words to use in your resume, to figure out if you need additional education and even what kind of salary you can expect or if there are going to be more job openings in the future.

-Rebekah Hutton, Director of Strategic Initiatives (MSSC)

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