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Veterans Resources

One of the biggest challenges for veterans when writing a resume and interviewing is selling their military experience to civilian managers.

If you still have your Transition Assistance Program (TAP) books, those are excellent resources for making the conversion. For example, they provide a chart for converting ranks to civilian titles:

E7 to E9     Director, Supervisor, Dept Manager, Operations Manager
E4 to E6     Asst Manager, Supervisor, Section or Team Leader
E1 to E3     Production Worker, Technician, Team Member

Even terms like “Basic Training” that most people would recognize from TV and movies need to be translated to something professional and civilian like “Introductory Military Training.”

Coaches in Career Services can help you polish the language, but you know best the skills you developed. Think beyond the tasks that you did, and think about the skills required to do that task.

An employer wants to know about your skills not what you did.


My Next Move logo

My Next Move - Part of the Dept of Labor’s Database of occupations.  Vets can enter their MOS and get a list of similar civilian jobs.  You can also research all jobs, not just those related to your MOS.


USA Jobs logo

USA Jobs - The Federal Government has a good record of employing veterans. Veterans have technical skills in areas of critical importance, and many also already have security clearances required for some Federal positions.


St. Lawrence County One-Stop logo

SLCounty One Stop employment resources offer Priority of Service to veterans and their eligible spouses. If you served in the military, you will be given first priority for jobs and training for which you are eligible and qualified.

More print resources are available in Career Services. You can also make an appointment to talk to a Career Coach about your career by calling Career Services at (315) 386-7119 or emailing careers@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton Career Services Office
Miller Campus Center, Room 224
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

Office: (315) 386-7119
Fax: (315) 386-7980