Helping the BRAC Affected Civilian Employee of the Military: A Primer for Resume Preparation

By Patricia Van Haste

Throughout the United States, many civilian employees of the military are undergoing a BRAC (Base Realignment and Closing). This means that either their commands are leaving their present areas or entire bases are closing. For those whose commands are moving from their present locations, a choice by the individuals involved is being made not to accept a transfer with their position to the new area; therefore, within a few months or a year, they will be displaced. For those whose bases are closing altogether, the situation is also the same. They too will be out of work within a relatively short period of time. Career coaches and counselors involved with BRAC affected employees need to understand both the personal and career oriented dilemmas that these workers face, and help them organize, prepare and write the most effective resumes possible. Nowhere can this issue be better seen then in the Washington, D.C. area.


What are the characteristics of BRAC affected individuals?

BRAC affected civilian military employees share the following characteristics and face the following issues:

Taking Charge

Besides understanding the uniqueness of these workers as described above, career coaches and counselors must help BRAC workers take charge! Some ways of doing so include:

BRAC affected military employees are special individuals, many of whom have served their country both as active duty and/or for many years as civilian employees within the military system. In order to help them successfully transition into new roles perhaps in other parts of the federal system, or even the private system, career coaches and counselors need to understand and appreciate their unique situations, encourage them to accept the challenges of preparation for transitioning into the rest of the federal system and/ or the private sector, and to accept and acknowledge the need for new skills, if necessary. As with other displaced workers, the pain of separation from former professional lives may be sharp, but with the understanding and encouragement of the career coaches and counselors working with them, a successful transition can be achieved.




Patricia A. Van Haste, MA, GCDF, MCDP, is a global career development facilitator in private practice in the Washington, D.C. area. She is presently working with BRAC affected civilian military employees, especially in the areas of resume and KSA preparation. She can be reached at pat@vanhaste.com. Her website is www.vanhaste.com



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