A de-militarised CV is a curriculum-vitae that provides an overview of a person’s career history while including experience and skills that are relevant to the civilian workforce. A de-militarised CV omits military-specific wording and jargon and includes only the responsibilities, skills and experience that will be relevant to the needs of an employer in the civilian workforce.

See related article: Employment Solutions for Defence Members and their Partners by Client Centric

However, in saying that, it’s important to be mindful of exactly what kind of job you will be applying for in the civilian workforce and what skills and experience will be needed, include transferrable skills. For example, if, upon leaving the army, you decide to take up employment in security services, then some hands-on and defensive skills may be highly regarding by a security firm, including the ability to patrol areas and conduct investigations. But these skills are probably not relevant for an office job. The employer hiring for an office staff member may prefer you have good computer skills and the ability to work well in a team and interact effectively with customers. So, it’s really important when writing a de-militarised CV to take into consideration the needs of the employer.

The team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions are experts at writing de-militarised CVs and cover letters. They’ll take into account your service history, transferrable skills and experience when writing up your new civilian-workforce friendly CV. For more information, please feel free to visit their website by clicking here.

See related article: Life after the defence – Dealing with unstructured days and flexibility in the workplace, by Matthew Coppola

An effective de-militarised CV is one that highlights and promotes your relevant skills and experience while being tailored and personalised to the needs of employers in fields that you will be seeking to work in.

Some valuable skills and competencies to highlight include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical
  • Professional
  • Diligent
  • Courteous
  • Driven
  • Motivated
  • IT literate
  • Quick learner

According to the Australian Government website, www.veteransemployment.gov.au, the civilian workplace is a lot less structured. People in the Defence have a strong commitment to safety, teamwork and communication (see https://www.veteransemployment.gov.au/veterans/civilian-workplace) and these traits are highly sought after by employers.

See related article: Life after the defence – Dealing with unstructured days and flexibility in the workplace

Published by Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog matthewcoppola.com

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