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Ask the Recruiter

by Mike Arsenault - Director of Candidate Services

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Let Mike know your questions for future articles by emailing them to marsenault (at) This month’s Q&A is below:

Q: My experience is wide ranging and could fall into several job positions. Do you think I should create more than one military to civilian resume?

A: Great question. Ideally, yes, especially when you are submitting your military to civilian resume online. When uploading your resume to apply for a job, many times there are filters that look for specific skills, phrases, or acronyms on a resume. These types of filters are meant to help the recruiter sift through hundreds (sometimes thousands) of resumes and only review the most likely matches. For a transitioning service member who may not have the exact civilian-termed skills, this can put you at a disadvantage right off the bat.

So what is the solution? Number 1: Do your best to customize your resume for the specific job description to highlight your matching military-learned skills in civilian terms. Number 2: Seek out employers that have a dedicated military recruiter, or military recruiting page on their web site. It is likely that these employers understand that it might take a military specialist on their side to fully translate military skill sets for their company’s needs. Number three: Seek out a professional military resume writer such as to assist with the task.

Q: Do hiring managers really scour the web looking for social media accounts of potential hires?

A: Some do. I can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure you scrutinize your online social persona. Remember - the internet is written in ink.

In fact, ask your spouse or a friend to search for you on Google to make sure you know what stories, photos or even websites with which you are associated. Remember, a friend can tag you in a photo that might sink your chances for being hired. If you feel something is questionable, untag yourself.

Your email address creates a footprint as well. An employer can simply do a search on your email moniker and find posts and comments you have made. Be sure to create a new email account that is basically some combination of your first name and last name when engaging in job search so that there is nothing that can be linked to it or interpreted improperly.

Mike Arsenault is Director of Candidate Services at Military Recruiter Bradley-Morris, Inc. He can be reached at (800) 330-4950 ext. 2105 or by email at marsenault (at)


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