7. SHOW OFF YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE AND TRANSLATE IT INTO CIVVY LANGUAGE
It is key to remember that the vast majority of people looking at your profile on LinkedIn won’t have any association to the military. Your profile should be understandable regardless of background. Therefore, it is essential that you explain what you did in the military and ‘translate’ military specific jargon or job titles. Here are a few tips on how to best do this:
Translate your military job titles
Unless you are lucky enough to be interviewed by someone who is ex-Forces, it is likely people aren’t going to know what your military job title means. So, you’ll need to help by explaining it to them on your LinkedIn profile and on your CV. For example, if you were a ‘Company/Squadron Second In Command’ in the Forces a title such as ‘Operations Manager’ might be more suitable, or if you were a Platoon/Troop Commander you might put ‘Project Manager’ and so on… To give your experience context I would recommend listing the equivalent civilian title first and putting your actual military role in brackets. If, however, you have a title that is immediately translatable – this is often the case with logistics or engineering roles – don’t change it!
Explain your military role
Quite a lot of military jobs don’t translate well into civilian language so you will need to briefly tell people what you did in each role and why it was important. Use keywords to highlight your skills and achievements so you are searchable on the platform for them.
Highlight key achievements
It can be tempting to just write a job description when creating your LinkedIn profile. Try to avoid falling into this trap by pulling out the key things you did and achieved in each role and, where possible, back it up with evidence.
Include facts and figures
Civilian organisations like numbers, so include key figures such as how many people you led and trained, or the value of the equipment and kit that you were responsible for.
Keep things short and sweet
Make sure you don’t overwhelm people with the sheer volume of your accomplishments! If for example, you were in the military for 22 years then don’t list every single job you did during that time. However, if your military career was shorter, then it is important to see your career progression and when you promoted.