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This reference booklet can help civilian employers understand the potential skills that transitioning service members and veterans may have developed through on-the-job experience. The booklet offers quick-access summary tables listing the criticality of each skill for performance in select military occupations; and a sampling of vignettes that illustrate on-the-job experiences relating to these nontechnical skills. The booklet can help civilian employers better evaluate résumés, conduct interviews, and make informed hiring decisions by increasing awareness about the skills veterans have to offer.

The booklet is derived from research reported in What Veterans Bring to Civilian Workplaces: A Prototype Toolkit for Helping Private-Sector Employers Understand the Nontechnical Skills Developed in the Military.

This research was sponsored by the Transition to Veterans Program Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. It was conducted within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

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