Military Experience: Culture Fit Red Flag or Nah?

Marqeta / Eng zibby-bean
Oct 24 16 Comments

How do recruiters/interviewers in non-defense/gov't companies view military experience on a resume?

In most industries it's viewed as an asset but since tech (especially the Bay scene) tends to be very left-leaning and culturally the polar opposite the military, does being a veteran stand out as a red flag as far as behavioral/culture fit?

Would it be better to leave it off my resume for applications at those places? Even though I fucking hated it and ironically wasn't a good culture fit for the military?

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  • Salesforce / Eng Full-Send
    Instant classification of a conservative trump supporter. Not good.
    Oct 24 3
    • Marqeta / Eng zibby-bean
      OP
      Yeah I ain't no MAGAchud.

      I joined for purely mercenary reasons (paying for college). The sheer amount of crypto-fascist wife-beating human garbage I had to deal with during my enlistment is one of the main reasons I GTFO'd.
      Oct 24
    • Google lSjX80
      This is not true.
      Oct 24
    • Salesforce / Eng Full-Send
      I'm just kidding. Of course.
      Oct 24
  • Amazon memnon
    they have no idea what to make of it.
    it’s just people in different industries just like any other 2 people from any other unrelated industries wouldn’t know much about the other.

    leave it in the resume but avoid babbling about too many details. and don’t use jargon, find relevant skills to the job and describe them for a general audience
    Oct 24 0
  • Amazon FPCf78
    It only matters if the experience is relevant to the position. If not, don’t include it. I’ve seen candidate try to include random awards or classes they took. Honestly just doesn’t add any value to the resume
    Oct 24 1
    • Marqeta / Eng zibby-bean
      OP
      This would be for new grad/entry level so I figure it's good to leave on just to show no gaps between HS and college and that I have held down a full-time job before.
      Oct 24
  • Depends on the company culture. It works well and is common in process driven corporations like AMZN or MSFT.
    Oct 24 0
  • Uber / Eng
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    Not going to be a problem. I have interviewed plenty of vets and for the most part, teams appreciate having folks with diverse life experience and an open mind.
    Oct 24 0
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    As a hiring manager in the Bay Area, I view it as a positive, particularly those with combat experience.

    They follow orders, aren’t afraid to raise issues early, and don’t freak under release schedule “pressure.”
    Oct 24 4
    • OpenTable Meliodas
      I left out the blindly qualifier for a reason.
      Oct 24
    • Amazon memnon
      Box poster obviously has no experience with this. Yes men don’t make a military. Dunno where he gets it from.
      Oct 24
    • OpenTable Meliodas
      Hollywood or maybe other countries with unremarkable militaries.
      Oct 24
    • Marqeta / Eng zibby-bean
      OP
      Unfortunately that seems to be where a lot of people get their notion of the military.

      Blind obedience hasn't been how it's done since like WWII at the latest.

      You don't want mindless robots in modern counter insurgency conflicts, you want people who can adapt quickly and think on their feet even at the lowest level which are both essential qualities for good devs.
      Oct 24
  • Box
    kindn3ss

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    Negative big culture red flag. Lots of ‘yes-men’ mentality.
    Oct 24 0
  • Chase Narvo
    I never had a problem with military record being on my resume.
    Oct 24 0

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