New Free Guide Shows Military Veterans How to Transition Military Skills to Civilian Job Market

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The free guide, Transitioning to the Civilian Job Market shows returning U.S. military veterans how to translate military expertise, responsibilities, and accomplishments into marketable skill sets hiring managers need in the civilian job market. J.T. Kirk has 25 years experience in various hiring manager positions for Fortune 500 companies.

Former Fortune 500 hiring manager and author of Confessions of a Hiring Manager, J.T. Kirk, announces the publication of "Transitioning to the Civilian Job Market: Proven Strategies for Returning Military Veterans." The free guide can be downloaded from the publisher website (

Three-Step Process For Converting Military Expertise To Civilian Expertise

According to Kirk, most returning military veterans have difficulty with converting their daily tasks and responsibilities into marketable skills needed by hiring managers in the civilian job market. Kirk explains: “The difficulty they face is seeing how their day-to-day responsibilities contribute to accomplishments at a higher strategic level. Converting military expertise into marketable skills for the civilian market involves three steps: (1) Identifying how daily tasks and responsibilities align with core competencies (skills sets); (2) Configuring core competencies into areas of functional expertise; and (3) Mapping areas of functional expertise to fields, industries, and professions in the civilian job market.” Kirk’s free guide explains how this is accomplished with several illustrated examples.

Communication Skills Are Essential For Returning Military Veterans

Kirk’s guide also mentions the need for strong communication skills, but tailored for the civilian workplace. He cautions all returning military veterans to work hard to drop the military slang, use of acronyms, abbreviations, and other forms of military language that will hinder getting hired in the civilian workforce. “Civilians without military experience cannot relate to communication that is laced with all types of military lingo,” says Kirk. “The informal nature of workplace communication will be an adjustment for many returning veterans but it’s important to remember that building mutually beneficial professional relationships depend on clear communication.”

J.T. Kirk is president of J.T. Kirk Industries: The Job and Career Foundry. He is the author of: Confessions of a Hiring Manager: Sage Advice for Fearless Job Seekers and Career Changers in a Confused Economy; 50 Things You Can Do NOW to Help Keep Your Job; and Confessions of a Hiring Manager Rev. 2.0: Getting to and Staying at the Top of the Hiring Manager’s Short List in a Confused Economy. Kirk has a 25-year career in various hiring manager positions for Fortune 500 companies in oil and gas exploration and microprocessor design. He lives in Austin, Texas, and can be reached directly at jtkirk(at)austin(dot)rr(dot)com.

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