Avoid military speak: Advice for that job interview
If you're a veteran trying to get your first job after leaving the military, you've got to recognize that it's a whole new world out there. And the people you want to hire you, don't necessarily speak your language.
To get the gig, you’ve got to drop the military lingo and talk like a civilian. Here’s a quick guide to help navigate the conversation.
|What you say||What they hear||What you should say|
|Rifle platoon leader||Rambo||Team leader, squad manager|
|E-5||“You sank my Battleship!”||Sergeant|
|Dress Blues||Wardrobe depression||Formal uniform|
|National Defense Service Medal, GWOT Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon||Medal of Honor||You can probably just leave these out|
|Inside the wire||An HBO show||On a base in a war zone|
|IED||GED?||Don’t talk about bombs|
|Marine, Sailor, Airman||Soldier||Let it slide|
|PCS’d||Pissed||Relocated, tackled new challenges|
|Combat experience||PTSD||Ability to perform under pressure|
|Battle rattle||Some kind of war noise||Body armor (but leave that out, too)|
|Humvee||That Hummer in the parking lot||Truck|
|General (Under Honorable Conditions)||Honorable discharge||If this applies, you might as well leave it and benefit from the confusion|
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