In our previous articles in this series, we have been discussing several thoughts to consider when working on your resume, as you transition from a government or military position. Here is our final, crucial tip:

It’s Time To Flaunt It!

It is normal to feel uncomfortable with the idea of “selling yourself.”  Typically this is a skill that is not in your regular wheelhouse. If you are transitioning from a military or government career, it has most likely been a long time since you have had to look for a job. I often find some transitioning job seekers incredibly resistant to promoting themselves. It is okay to feel this way, but to be successful in your job search; you still have to do it.

One trick to getting more used to this is to change your thought pattern. Instead of focusing on myself and what I need, I focus completely on that recruiter and what they need.

Recruiters work in a demanding time-sensitive environment. The best way you can help them is to make sure they have all the pertinent information they need about your abilities, as quickly and concisely as possible. A recruiter needs to know what you can do for them so they can make an informed decision. If they don’t have that information, the person that it hurts is you.

Promoting yourself is not about putting down your competition, it is not about exaggerating, and it is not about bragging. It is about stating facts proven by the results you’ve accomplished in your career. Over time, this little trick of just trying to be proactively helpful, will assist you get over the “selling yourself” hump and promote yourself in a friendly, non-pushy way.

  • What is it that recruiter needs to know about each particular role on your resume that would help them make a qualified decision?
  • What are the most critical skills and accomplishments that you bring to the table?
  • What problems could you solve for their organization or what growth could you make possible?

The purpose of your resume is not to get you a job. Your resume’s sole intent is to introduce you to your next employer, as well as intrigue and entice them. Your resume must make them pick up the phone and call you. Your job search is a long sales pitch, and your resume is the marketing tool that helps you get in the door. The rest is up to you!

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Not only the trailing spouse of a US State Department Foreign Service Officer, Julie Mendez once also held a clearance and served as the Community Liaison Office Coordinator at the US Embassy in Rome, Italy. Now a Career Coach and Certified Job Search Specialist with JSM Career Coaching, Julie Mendez serves as the lead Career Coach at’s “UnCareer-Fair” events. She believes her calling is to aid clients in finding fulfilling work that utilizes their unique talents. Julie Mendez can be reached at and