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Transitioning A to Z: "S"

by Military Transition News Staff

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In the upcoming issues of Military Transition News, we are reprising the A to Z list of everything a service member needs to know about transitioning. One of the “greatest hits” is the letter “S”.

 “S”: Be a STAR

Think back to all the interviews you’ve had. Does any one thing stand out? Some job seekers feel a need to try and squeeze all of their experience and accomplishments into every question, often veering off into a circle of topics that rarely ties up into a complete thought. One way to avoid this issue is to become a STAR!


The STAR Method can be used when crafting your resume, developing a presentation and answering interview questions. It is not rocket science, but something that, as adults, we often forget to follow when we engage in some form of sales. After all, job interviews are all about selling ourselves as well as our skills, and it is important to demonstrate the how our past experiences relate to our overall career progression.


The STAR Method can be summarized as follows:


S – Situation: A brief introduction

T – Task or Target: What/why the situation presented itself

A – Action: What actions were taken to affect the situation?

R –Result: How well did you resolve the situation?


Tying an interview answer to your actual experience and communicating the results of that experience helps provide your interviewer with a greater understanding of your value. For instance, if asked, “Have you ever managed a long-term project”, you could answer using the STAR Method as follows:


S – Yes, in my previous job, I was responsible for implementing a new maintenance plan.

T – I was given the project in January with a May 1 rollout goal. The plan was to cover the entire facility.

A – I assembled a cross-functional team that covered all of the key systems and implemented project milestones.

R – The maintenance plan was rolled out a week early and to date has resulted in a 15% improvement in system uptime compared to the prior time period.


The STAR Method is not meant to be a lengthy story. Make sure you are communicating in a manner that is easily consumed. Then, STAR can provide the best opportunity to be heard and understood.

See the complete A to Z list.

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