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Preparation Steps

Step 1: Identify and translate your skills and experience for a civilian workplace.

One of the barriers employers face when hiring veterans is understanding how military skills, experience, and strengths translate to the knowledge, skills, and other abilities that employers need. You can minimize this barrier by writing down your skills, training, and strengths and anticipating how they will aid you in the job you want. Visit the following skills translator and career-finding sites to aid you in this process.

Step 2: Write your resume

Your resume is your opportunity to highlight your skills and strengths. Focus on accomplishments and competencies that civilian employers value.

Include the following information in your resume:

  • Objective statement
  • Skills
  • Experience
  • Education

This online resume builder allows you to create a resume by filling in form fields. 

Step 3: Prepare to interview

After you have applied for a position, you may or may not receive a request for an interview via phone or email. Here are a few tips that can improve your chances during an interview:

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early
  • Do some research on MSU, the department you would be working in and the position you applied for
  • Translate military vocabulary to civilian/office culture vocabulary
  • View more interview tips here

The following are some interview questions you might expect during an interview at MSU:

  • I have reviewed your resume but would like to ask you to begin by giving me an overview of your education and experience as they relate to this position and why you are interested in this position.
  • Please elaborate on one of the work experiences listed on your resume.
  • What were your major responsibilities?
  • What were some of the most difficult duties of that job?
  • What special skills and knowledge were needed to perform the duties in your previous jobs? 
  • What unique talent do you offer? Why do you feel it is unique?
  • What else should I know about your qualifications for this job?