If there is one thing that private corporations are looking for in their workforce it is leadership skills. And if there is one place where the best leaders shine it is the military. Having military leadership skills is a huge plus to put on your resume when seeking civilian employment. Here are five ways that military leadership will transfer to the private sector:
The Best Training in the World
It is no secret that being trained by the U.S. military, you receive the best training in the world. As a leader in the military, you had the backing of trillions of dollars of research and development that went into your training and the procedures that you follow. This translates to a level of practical application that is unmatched in the civilian world and serves you well in the workplace.
High Levels of Responsibility
Even at the lower levels of military leadership, there is still a high level of responsibility. Lower and mid-level managers in the military see a huge workload and must oversee far more complex and involved tasks compared to civilians in similar leadership positions. This higher level of responsibility means that you are capable of multitasking and keeping your priorities in order. You are competent to handle a leadership role because you are trained and forged in the fires of the military to rise to the occasion every time and handle your responsibilities effectively.
Performance Under Pressure
The pressures of the office can never compare to the pressures faced in combat. With lives being on the line, the pressure faced in battle can be enormous. The fact that you can handle any deadline thrown at you in the civilian world is an enormous advantage. Employers love the fact that they can trust you to perform your duties. Use this trust to the best of your ability no matter what distractions and pressures you face each day.
Lack of Micromanagement
Aside from boot camp, the idea that military personnel are extreme micromanagers is a myth. The military must trust that the people under their command. These people can adapt to changing situations on the ground and can react appropriately to any given environment. The people you command are briefed and clearly informed of their objectives. It is the expectation to perform with little interference from their leaders. This lack of micromanagement is part of the leadership and management style of the military and it translates well into the leadership philosophies of many Fortune 500 companies.
A leader must be willing to make the same sacrifices of himself that he asks of those beneath him. He must have the self-discipline necessary to succeed in situations that call for extraordinary perseverance. The military teaches a discipline and attention to detail that is unrivaled in anything that the private sector has to offer. From the time you get up in the morning to your uniform inspection, to physical fitness and a pursuit of perfection on the job, the discipline that you learn in the military will transfer to the civilian sector. This will find you better prepared to deal with obstacles that you face on a daily basis than your civilian counterparts without this training. There are few men or women who have the level of discipline required to succeed in the military and you are one of them.
The training that you received in the military gives you an advantage over your competition. It is hard to put into words. You have the training, discipline, and courage that is battle tested. You can use these skills in whatever career you choose from this point forward. And employers will love you for it.