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Veterans in Washington, D.C. participate in Google's 'Help a Hero Get Hired' event, a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace, on June 18, 2013. The workshop paired veterans with Google employees, several of whom are former military, to get their resumes reviewed and also gave them one-on-one coaching, interview tips and job search advice.
Veterans in Washington, D.C. participate in Google's 'Help a Hero Get Hired' event, a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace, on June 18, 2013. The workshop paired veterans with Google employees, several of whom are former military, to get their resumes reviewed and also gave them one-on-one coaching, interview tips and job search advice. (C.J. Lin/Stars and Stripes)
Veterans in Washington, D.C. participate in Google's 'Help a Hero Get Hired' event, a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace, on June 18, 2013. The workshop paired veterans with Google employees, several of whom are former military, to get their resumes reviewed and also gave them one-on-one coaching, interview tips and job search advice.
Veterans in Washington, D.C. participate in Google's 'Help a Hero Get Hired' event, a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace, on June 18, 2013. The workshop paired veterans with Google employees, several of whom are former military, to get their resumes reviewed and also gave them one-on-one coaching, interview tips and job search advice. (C.J. Lin/Stars and Stripes)
Swati Dostli, a recruiter for Google, gives tips to military veterans on polishing their resumes on June 18, 2013. Twenty veterans participated in the Washington, D.C. event as part of Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired," a career development workshop for veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace.
Swati Dostli, a recruiter for Google, gives tips to military veterans on polishing their resumes on June 18, 2013. Twenty veterans participated in the Washington, D.C. event as part of Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired," a career development workshop for veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace. (C.J. Lin/Stars and Stripes)
Veterans in Washington, D.C. participate in Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired" event, a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace, on June 18, 2013. The workshop paired veterans with Google employees, several of whom are former military, to get their resumes reviewed and also gave them one-on-one coaching, interview tips and job search advice.
Veterans in Washington, D.C. participate in Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired" event, a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace, on June 18, 2013. The workshop paired veterans with Google employees, several of whom are former military, to get their resumes reviewed and also gave them one-on-one coaching, interview tips and job search advice. (C.J. Lin/Stars and Stripes)
Veterans in Washington, D.C. participate in Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired" event, a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace, on June 18, 2013. The workshop paired veterans with Google employees, several of whom are former military, to get their resumes reviewed and also gave them one-on-one coaching, interview tips and job search advice.
Veterans in Washington, D.C. participate in Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired" event, a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace, on June 18, 2013. The workshop paired veterans with Google employees, several of whom are former military, to get their resumes reviewed and also gave them one-on-one coaching, interview tips and job search advice. (C.J. Lin/Stars and Stripes)
Harry Wingo, a former Navy SEAL who now manages veterans programs out of Google's Washington, D.C. offices, stands in front of a list of action words suggested for use on resumes during a career development workshop for veterans on June 18, 2013. Twenty veterans participated in the Washington, D.C. event as part of Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired," a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace.
Harry Wingo, a former Navy SEAL who now manages veterans programs out of Google's Washington, D.C. offices, stands in front of a list of action words suggested for use on resumes during a career development workshop for veterans on June 18, 2013. Twenty veterans participated in the Washington, D.C. event as part of Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired," a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace. (C.J. Lin/Stars and Stripes)
Swati Dostli (center), a recruiter for Google, gives tips to former Army Sgt. 1st Class Sue Campbell (right) on how to polish up her resume on June 18, 2013. Twenty veterans participated in the Washington, D.C. event as part of Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired," a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace.
Swati Dostli (center), a recruiter for Google, gives tips to former Army Sgt. 1st Class Sue Campbell (right) on how to polish up her resume on June 18, 2013. Twenty veterans participated in the Washington, D.C. event as part of Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired," a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace. (C.J. Lin/Stars and Stripes)
Marine Sgt. Bobby Rivera gets his resume reviewed and job tips from a Google employee during Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired," a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace. Twenty veterans participated in the June 18, 2013 event at Google's Washington, D.C. office.
Marine Sgt. Bobby Rivera gets his resume reviewed and job tips from a Google employee during Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired," a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace. Twenty veterans participated in the June 18, 2013 event at Google's Washington, D.C. office. (C.J. Lin/Stars and Stripes)
Veterans in Washington, D.C. participate in Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired" event, a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace, on June 18, 2013. The workshop paired veterans with Google employees, several of whom are former military, to get their resumes reviewed and also gave them one-on-one coaching, interview tips and job search advice.
Veterans in Washington, D.C. participate in Google's "Help a Hero Get Hired" event, a career development workshop for military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace, on June 18, 2013. The workshop paired veterans with Google employees, several of whom are former military, to get their resumes reviewed and also gave them one-on-one coaching, interview tips and job search advice. (C.J. Lin/Stars and Stripes)

WASHINGTON — What are some of the most important things for military veterans to keep in mind when they’re looking for a job in the civilian world?

Get rid of the military jargon, show how your experiences while serving match the skills companies are looking for, and use numbers to help quantify the translation for civilians, according to job recruiters at Google.

“You really want to help connect the dots for recruiters like me who do not know about the military,” said Swati Dostli, a recruiter for Google, which held career development workshops for veterans around the country this week. “What are the skills sets that you have? How does it translate to some of these core competencies such as innovation, communication, problem solving skills, decision making?”

Twenty veterans came to Google’s Washington, D.C., office to participate in its "Help a Hero Get Hired" workshop, where the Internet giant paired their employees with military veterans looking to transition their skills and experience into the civilian workplace. So far this year, the Google Veterans Network has run 15 of these workshops in 12 cities across the country as part of the company’s annual week of community service.

The employees, several of whom were former military themselves, helped veterans polish their resumes and also gave them one-on-one coaching, interview tips and job search advice.

“I’m hoping to make (my resume) relevant to the civilian sector,” said Marine Sgt. Bobby Rivera, who is currently stationed at the Pentagon and will be leaving the Marines next year. “Just more eyes on it, and having someone sit there with you...is a big deal. You only getting better by being critiqued, so it’s definitely welcome.”

And the number one tip from a former Navy SEAL now working at Google?

“Use numbers,” said Harry Wingo, who was a SEAL for 6 ½ years and now manages veterans programs out of Google's D.C. office. “(Say) ‘I improved things this percent’ or ‘these are how many personnel I worked with,’ ‘this is the dollar value of some of the equipment that I used.’ That translates. Numbers are the language of business.”

Check out the video above for more tips.

Veterans can go to http://vetsresumebuilder.appspot.com to create a formatted resume.

lin.cj@stripes.com Twitter: @cjlinSS

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