How to Find Key Words in Job Descriptions to Tailor Your Resume

Who are you?

My name is Jonathan Barreda and I am a Marine Veteran who deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Helmand Providence.

What do you do at NextOp?

At NextOp, I am one of the Employment Team Coordinators who works with the veterans to assist them in their search for employment in their desired industry.

How to Find Key Words in Job Descriptions to Tailor Resume

Having a resume that stands out when given to a recruiter can be challenging and confusing. I use the term confusing loosely because I can get an opinion from multiple people and still not have a clear direction of what should be included in the resume. Something else that can be challenging can be a special task that requires time and a selection process to pick out a job. I personally read the resume and either highlight repeated words that can be considered hard/soft skills and recommend that there is an emphasis on those specifically highlighted words. Rule of thumb is that if an employer is looking for a certain candidate they would expect the resume to answer all of the requirements on the resume itself.

There are some tools that I wish I would have known when I started my transition from the Marine Corps. The website JobScan.co can be a great asset because you can easily see what are the words that are mostly used in the job description and you can capitalize on explaining your accomplishments. Another source that I found very useful was O-net Online and that site helps you see what type of jobs would be closest related to your military specialty. At the end of the day, NextOp is here to assist in translating military experience to civilian terms.


MEMORIES for Military May 2017

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example” — Benjamin Disraeli

NextOp’s Military May Mentorship & Fundraising Campaign kicks off May 1st, the first day of National Military Appreciation Month! Highly motivated Fire Teams of supporters compete against each other to raise awareness and funds that will help get more veterans employed. Aimed at easing the post-military transition process, our goal is to recruit more mentors that would like to guide veterans into long-term careers, raise funds to help NextOp improve our employment programs, find more job opportunities, and reach more veterans in need of our services. Learn more about our Military May Mentorship & Fundraising Campaign here.

CELEBRATE THE SERVICE MEMBERS IN YOUR LIVES!

Help us recognize our nation’s veterans and their service to our country by submitting military pictures to anna@nextopvets.org. Please be sure to include the name of the service member and branch of service.


Vaughn Construction: Carpenter Helper in Houston, TX

Vaughn Construction

Opportunity Title: Carpenter Helper
Location: Houston, TX

Closed Date: 05/10/2017

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Vaughn Construction is one of the largest contractors in Texas, and a leading builder of research, healthcare, higher education, and biomedical facilities in the marketplace. They are known for focusing on the entire construction process not just the result, enabling them to deliver the absolute best value to all of their clients. Just like the military, they are very detail oriented.

Job Description

Vaughn is seeking a highly motivated leader. The Carpenter Helper will be working closely with the journeyman to learn his/her responsibilities. The following is a list of some tasks the Carpenter Helper will be performing, but it is not an all-inclusive list of job duties.

Responsibilities:

Performs a variety of tasks involving strenuous manual labor in heavy construction projects.Maintains a clean

  • Maintains a clean jobsite; Pick up all tools and equipment and secure jobsite each day in order to eliminate potential hazards.
  • Handles and stores materials.
  • Loads and unloads trucks, and hauls and hoists materials.
  • Ensures that proper safety and incident reporting procedures are followed. Brings problems to the attention of the supervisor.
  • Preparations for concrete pour including installing embedded items and cleaning.
  • Constructs built-in-place or prefabricated wooden forms, according to specs, for molding concrete structures.
  • Erects built-in-place forms or assembles and installs prefabricated forms on construction site according to blueprint specs, using hand tools, plumb rule, and level.
  • Maintains excellent attendance and punctuality.
  • Constructs, installs, and repairs structures of wood, plywood, metal and drywall
  • Helps install foundations, walls, floors, and roofs using materials such as: wood, steel, metal, concrete, plastics, and composites of multiple materials.
  • Erects scaffolding, ladders for assembling structures.
  • Cleans work areas, machines, or equipment, to maintain a clean and safe job site
  • Works with plumb bobs, sighting rods, or other equipment to aid in establishing reference points and lines.
  • Reads blueprints.

Minimum Requirements

The ideal candidate will be motivated to grow within the company and learn the duties and responsibilities of the journeyman carpenter.

 

  • Strong work ethic, unwavering integrity.
  • Must meet all of NextOp’s minimum requirements.
  • Strong leadership, work ethic, accountability, team work, and integrity a must.
  • General understanding of Construction or held a related construction military occupation.
  • General understanding on how to use hand and power tools.
  • Must have a clear understanding of safety OSHA regulations.
  • Must have an accelerated learning curve able to learn new skills quickly and efficiently.
  • Must have a good grasp of math that will allow him/her to learn how to read blueprints and make construction calculations.
  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug screening.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred, but not necessary.

 

Benefits Offered:

  • Craft Skills Training

 

Voluntary Offered:

  • Health and Dental, Vision, HSA
  • VOL Life Insurance
  • AD&D Insurance
  • Disability (short)

All applicants must meet NextOp’s minimum program requirements:

  • Post 9/11 Veteran
  • Honorable Discharge
  • Able to pass a Background Check and Drug Screening
  • Have a Valid Drivers License and Driving Record
  • E-7 and Below

HOW TO APPLY

  • STEP 1: QUICK RESPONSE FORM

    Get your NextOp Registration process jump started by filling in the Quick Response Form below. Please make sure to attach your resume.

    Once the Quick Response Form is submitted, you'll be prompted to move on to STEP 2 – completion of the full Registration form.


Military Construction (MILCON) Summit

Join us at Fort Hood in April 2017!

Bringing skilled transitioning Soldiers and Construction Industry professionals together.

ABOUT MILCON

Military and construction industry experts will come together to highlight upcoming reductions in force, major issues impacting soldier transition into the construction industry, as well as provide direct networking opportunities for soldiers and construction professionals.

Organizations Speaking at MILCON

NextOp Veterans Jobs in Houston

NEXTOP, INC.

NextOp recruits, trains, and places high-performing middle-enlisted military leaders into Industry careers.

NextOp provides companies with world-class, skilled candidates and coaches them on how to be effective employees. Our mentors work with each transitioning veteran to adjust to their new roles and cultivate the necessary skills to excel in field work, increasing satisfaction and reducing turnover for these positions. We serve those who have served so many—our hardworking veterans.

Speaker and Presentation

John Boerstler, Executive Director

NextOp Process  NextOp Process »


Veterans in Construction

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)

ABC is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.

Speaker and Presentation

Mike Glavin, ABC Workforce Policy Director

Construction Industry Workforce Data Construction Industry Workforce Data »


NCCER

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created in 1996 as The National Center for Construction Education and Research. It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. Sharing the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, these companies created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry.

Speaker and Presentation

Mark Thomas, NCCER- Senior Manager, Programs NCCER

Construction Credentialing Programs for Engineering Soldiers & Officers Construction Credentialing for Soldiers »


The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

The Society of American Military Engineers leads collaborative efforts to identify and resolve national security infrastructure-related challenges. Founded in 1920, SAME unites public and private sector individuals and organizations from across the architecture, engineering, construction, environmental and facility management, cyber security, project planning, contracting and acquisition, and related disciplines in support of national security.

Speaker and Presentation

Joe Schondrel, Executive Director SAME- Society of American Military Engineers

MSG Jason Parlor, US Army School of Engineering- NCCER Construction Credentialing Programs for Engineering Soldiers & Officers


The Soldier for Life- Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) Fort Hood, TX

The Soldier for Life — Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) is a centrally funded commanders program that provides transition assistance services to eligible Soldiers. Public Law is the foundation of the Transition Assistance Program initiative, along with DOD and Army policy.   SFL-TAP supports the Army’s Active Component recruiting effort by producing successful alumni. Those who are capable of translating Army skills, training, and experience into rewarding careers are living billboards promoting the Army as a great place to start.

Speaker and Presentation

LTC Jon Sowards, Soldier for Life Central Region Director

Permissive TDY Policies and Soldier Life Cycle  ARMY 101 »

Martin Traylor, Fort Hood SFL-TAP Transition Services Manager

Transition Assistance Program Transition Assistance Program »


Did you miss MILCON?

Don’t worry you can still register with NextOp

We will help you with your veteran hiring needs

Date and Time
Thu Apr 20, 2017
7:30 AM – 7:30 PM CDT
Fri. Apr 21, 2017
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM CDT
Location
Texas A&M University Central
Warrior Hall, Multipurpose Room
1001 Leadership Place Killeen, TX 76549
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MILCON PROUD SPONSORS

Title Sponsor

AECOM is a global network of experts working with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges. Delivering clean water and energy. Building iconic skyscrapers. Planning new cities. Restoring damaged environments. Connecting people and economies with roads, bridges, tunnels and transit systems. Designing parks where children play. Helping governments maintain stability and security.

Installation Sponsor

Veterans in Construction

PCL Industrial Construction Co. is a diversified heavy industrial contractor, based in Atlanta, Georgia, and Houston, Texas, with extensive experience in the power, oil, gas, chemical, cement/aggregates, mining/minerals, and pulp and paper industries. An expansive project portfolio consists of work throughout the United States.

Soldier Social Sponsors

Turner Industries Veteran Friendly Employer
KBR Veteran Friendly Employer

Corps Sponsors

Performance Contractors Veteran Friendly Employer
Webber Veteran Friendly Employer
Jacobs Veteran Friendly Employer
Brock Group Veteran Friendly Employer

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