Ex-Military Candidate's Resources  


We made a list of recommendations you that you should keep in mind when writing your CV for a civilian job, as the prospective employers might not be familiar with military jargon:


Military Acronyms

• Try to avoid all Acronyms regardless of if its military or civilian.


Military ranks

• Use your own Rank but don't use the abbreviations. When referring to others E.G. your Commanding officer civilians won't understand the significance of that so try putting it in a way a civilian may understand E.g. Commanding officer (CEO).


Military unit size

• Again a civilian won't know unit sizes so it's worth when referring to your Regiment or battalion adding brackets with an estimated size.
• Writing a CV is a difficult task in particular for the military community as a CV is essentially being big-headed and telling the world how amazing you are, which goes against everything you would have been taught throughout the training.


Less is more

  • Keep your CV to a maximum of two pages; you want a short punchy CV
  • When describing your experiences don't write a full book, keep the details limited but enough to provoke interest. As that experience may be a key talking point in an interview, which may appear boring and barely stand out on paper but be captivating during an interview.


SOURCE: Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

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  Ex-Military Candidate's Resources  


One of the most common inquiries when writing a CV is, how to write a profile introduction. 

It can be a challenge to transmit concisely and powerfully our personal qualities and traits; that's why we collected a series of words that will help you build a description of yourself, your skills, activities and achievements throughout your career.


Power Words: Personal Description


Active Assertive Attentive
 Agreeable Alert  Ambitious 
 Boundless Bright  Broad-minded 
 Calm  Capable Charming 
 Cheerful  Coherent Comfortable 
 Composed  Committed Compassionate 
 Conscientious Consistent  Creative 
 Confident  Cooperative Credible 
 Cultured  Decisive Detailed 
 Determined  Diligent Discreet 
 Dynamic Effective  Empathetic 
 Eager Efficient  Encouraging 
 Energetic  Entertaining Enthusiastic 
 Excellent Forgiving  Friendly 
 Fair  Faithful Fearless 
 Flexible  Frank Friendly 
 Generous Gentle  Honest 
 Harmonious  Helpful Honourable 
Impartial   Industrious Instinctive 
 Independent  Integrity Kind Knowledgeable 
Likeable   Leader Literate 
 Logical  Mediator Methodical 
Motivated Measured  Mature 
Objective Outgoing Organised
Patient Persistent Positive
Practical Proactive Professional
Placid Plausible Pleasant
Productive Receptive Reflective
Resolute Responsible Reliable
Resourceful Respectful Responsible
Sociable Selective Self-Assured
Sensitive Shrewd Sincere
Skilful Steadfast Stimulating
Successful Succinct Talented
Tenacious Thoughtful Trustworthy
Unbiased Upbeat Vigorous
Warm Wise  


Power Words: Actions


Achieved Adapted Administered
 Advanced  Assigned  Assessed
 Absorbed  Accelerated  Attained
 Attracted  Announced  Appraised
Approved Budgeted Bolstered
Balanced Boosted Bargained
Benefited Beneficial Built
Categorized Comply Created
Critiqued Closed Collaborated
Combined Controlled Consolidated
Designed Delegated Demonstrated
Developed Detected Efficient
Enhanced Excelled Exceeded
Enriched Established Fulfilled
Financed Forecasted Formulated
Generated Guided Granted
Helped Hosted Implemented
Investigated Increased Incorporated
 Initiated  Influenced  Integrated
 Innovated  Instituted  Justified
 Listed  Logged  Maintained
 Mentored  Measured Multiplied 
Negotiated   Observed  Operated
 Obtained  Organized  Prepared
Promoted Presented Produced
Programmed Provided Projected
Qualified Quantified Quoted
Recommended Recorded Refined
Revamped Reacted Retained
Recovered Reinstated Revised
Sustained Skilled Saved
Scheduled Shaped Solved
Supported Supervised Secured
Simplified Streamlined Strengthened
Triumphed Troubleshot Taught
Tutored Trained United
Unified Updated Upgraded

SOURCE: Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

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As a recruitment consultancy, we sift hundreds of CVs daily from entirely different industries: Marketing & Digital, IT & Cybersecurity, Office Support, Finance & Accountancy, Motoring & Automotive, Hospitality & Catering, Property Management, to name just a few.

Therefore, we decided to give you a few recommendations for writing a resume, that can apply to any industry or career level.

1. Professional Profile. We understand it can be challenging to summarise in a small paragraph all your education and professional experience.

Therefore, we advise you to take your time and make this section relevant to the job you are applying to. Highlight the skills and experience that you have and match them with what the company is specifically looking for, which leads us to the next recommendation: keywords.

2. Keywords. Most in-house HR departments and employment agencies use specialised recruitment software. When you upload a CV, it will most likely be "scanned" by the software and reveal itself when the recruiter creates a search with specific keywords that match your CV.

What is a keyword? A word that describes the content of your CV; for example, I am looking for a Digital Marketing Executive, and the company I am recruiting for requires specific skills from the candidate: SEO, SEM and Emailing Campaigns. The recruiter will first add in the search those skills (keywords), and the resumes that show up will be the ones selected for further consideration by the consultant.

3. Format. The simpler, the better. Surprisingly for many candidates, sending your CV in a Word format, without any tables or frames is a great option.

And what about the creative industries? Easy! Attach your portfolio in a PDF or link. It will look neater and organised, plus the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) will be able to scan your Microsoft Word CV, and you'll appear in most searches.

Another option can be to upload your 'fancy' curriculum and give the alternative to the company or recruiter to contact you if they need the Word format; this can be a great pretext to get a call from the recruiter and have a chat about the position.

4. Dates of employment. Always write the correct dates of employment and education on your CV. If for any reason you have a work gap, don't worry, explain further in a cover letter or email. These dates need to be accurate to match your profile on LinkedIn.

5. Video interview. Now more than ever, companies are embracing video interviews. As part of EllisKnight International's digital transformation, we've been using it for almost a year and a half as a vital and mandatory part of our recruitment process.

The benefits? Saving transportation money, reducing the time to hire and is more likely to be chosen by the employer as we are showcasing not just your skills, also your personality. Read here Video interview preparation: top tips.

6. Be perseverant. We all have been in the stressful situation of applying for a new job, could be as a graduate, looking for your next career move or a redundancy, etc. Do not get demotivated; invest at least an hour of your day getting organised and updating your CV. Need help with this process? Consult our "How to get a job quickly" blog article.


Good to know... 

Information regarding your references, photo, marital status, hobbies or date of birth is totally optional on CV (references are usually necessary only once a job has been offered); you are in your right to not include those personal details.


Practical advice when applying on Jobs on Facebook.

Facebook has recently launched its very own job board. We've been using it for a while and made an interesting finding: most candidates apply without uploading a CV or filling up the Facebook built-in application form.

Always take time to fill up the application form or upload your CV with a brief paragraph of why you should be considered for the job. Additionally, we always attach a link, in the job description, to our website where you can register and apply for as many vacancies as you wish.


Helpful resources
  • Do you require help with the whole document? Please download our pre-made CV in Word format. Just fill it up and start applying!

Download CV template 


  • Don't miss out this phenomenal free online course "Writing a Resume" by Linkedin Learning. The course targets US candidates; yet, has valuable information and tips that can be applied anywhere in the world. It also contains a "European Resume Design" section that can be of your interest.



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