No Career Left Behind

Let your experience do the talking.

RESOURCES FOR YOUR SUCCESS

Big Transition, same passion

We recognize the change from military lifestyle to civilian is not seamless, especially when thinking about how to apply your unique skillsets to career experience.

IDENTIFYING YOUR EXPERTISE & SKILLSETS WITH INDUSTRY

You have a wealth of technical and advanced training from your military career, often earned through rigorous qualification processes, classroom work, and lengthy on-the-job-training.

You have been a leader, the first line of defense, and the subject matter expert. Those skillsets will be valuable in your next career.

The Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) is a document available to uniformed service members to aid in the preparation of resumes and job applications. This document translates the training you received during your military career into civilian-friendly terms. This will help you align the similarities between your training and skillsets to the requirements in a job listing.

VMET

ALIGNING MILITARY TO CIVILIAN

You have incredible discipline, unique skillsets, and experience of a warrior. The challenge is translating this from military semantics to civilian. We recognize this could be difficult when trying to highlight your abilities to correspond to your fields of interest.

You have inspired us to create materials to support you for a successful conversion of your background to industry standards.

These tools are designed to help you apply your military career into work experience in a seamless way by emphasizing the key components to assist in applying for a position at LLNL.

LANGUAGE

Below are some common terms we have developed for your reference. This serves as a general guide some terms may vary based on discipline.

Military Civilian LLNL
TS/SCI or Secret DoD Top Secret or Secret DOE Q-Level (TS) or L-Level (Secret)
O-4 thru O-6 Director, Deputy Director, Manager Division Leader, Manager
O-1 thru O-3 Operations/Department Manager Engineer, Associate, Specialist
Senior NCO Personnel Manager First Line Supervisor/Technical Specialist
Squad/Fight Leader Technical Coordinator/Technical Lead Team Lead, Technical Coordinator
MOS/AFSC/RATE Career Specialty, Field, Trade Technician Technologist, Trade, Coordinator
Supply or Logistics Specialist Supply or Logistics Specialist Supply Chain/Distribution/Material Handler
Recon/Intel Analysts, Security Manager, OPSEC Intel, Data-Collection, Analysts  Information Security, Security Analyst or Manager, OPSEC, Counter-Intelligence
Infantry/MP/Security Forces Security Personnel  Security Officer
Regulations, Instructions, SOP Policies, Guidelines, Compliance Policy and Procedures, Compliance
Subordinates Direct Reports, Employees Personnel, Technicians, Direct Reports

 

PREPARING YOUR RESUME

The resume creation process is no simple task, but it's important as it is our first impression of you. We have put together some recommendations to help you get the process started.

Prepare your resume to be tailored specifically to the job description.

Focus on several areas of strength and how they had successful impacts in your career.

Demonstrate how your military experience aligns with the job postings requirements and responsibilities.

Communicate how your role was necessary for the project, mission, or task at hand and your direct impact on the outcome.

Highlight any awards or service recognition you have received for your efforts.

Showcase your ability, role, and results while in a teamwork and/or diverse environment.

Consider your audience when pulling together content, utilize our terminology table to help you best simplify military language to civilian.

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INTERVIEW PREPARATION

The interview process is an exciting step in getting closer to your desired position. We look forward to the interview process because we get to learn more about yourself and you get to evaluate if we are the right place for your next phase of your career.

Impressions are everything, so we have gathered some tips to help you in your interview preparation.

Research about LLNL to get a better understanding of who we are, what we value, and our mission as a DOE National Laboratory.

Study the job description you are being interviewed for. What made you want to apply for this position?

Familiarize yourself with the resume you submitted so you can elaborate on some of the key points you included, have additional examples and details prepared for follow up questions.

Have questions ready to ask the interviewers to ensure you have a clear understanding of the position, what you can expect daily, your responsibilities, and opportunities it will have if you are selected.

Consider how you handled challenging situations or individuals, your opportunities versus strengths, and ability to go above and beyond protocol.

Be confident in yourself!

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CONTACT US

For general questions, website feedback and all other inquiries please contact us at military-veterans [at] llnl.gov.

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