If have you have been in the military for at least seven years, chances are that you may have had a deployment overseas. Is that true in your case?
It can be tricky to communicate to employers the "value" of your deployment to civilian employers. In the grand scheme of things, deployment can turn into an asset if you're competing against job-hungry candidates in the civilian workforce. Apart from the military or those who in a career devoted to social service, the majority of the population would resist the feat of being sent to a foreign country and facing potential combat action? (Here's where you could use a deployment experience as a strong response to a conflict management question in an interview!) I have a simple acronym to help you, known as BRAG.
B stands for "barriers you overcame."
While in theatre (the centre of action), you likely overcame seemingly endless barriers such as the opposing faction, lack of resources (physical and human), danger, communication in a foreign country, fatigue affecting the ability to problem solve and make decisions, etc.
All of the above barriers can be highlighted in an interview to set you apart.
R refers to "results you generated."
In your military career, think about how you made an impact. Examples may include how you provided leadership in deeply troubling circumstances, under highly stressful conditions or how you improved communications and relations with the local population.
A signifies achievements.
Take the time to think about your career milestones over the last few years. Would roles did you take? Were you promoted to a higher rank? Invest some time in figuring out what precise achievements led to your promotion.
G refers to groups you directed or supported.
Teamwork is the hallmark of military service. Platoons, companies and units all convey the notion of getting the job done via a teamwork framework. Currently, many civilian positions involve some level of teamwork that supports a company's mission statement and strategic planning.
The takeaway? Whether you are still active in the military or about to transition to the civilian workforce, use the BRAG acronym to your advantage.
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