Military transition to the civilian workforce can both be exciting and challenging new adventure. It is no easy task to align separation, maximize career potential of your military skills, and relocate to a new place. Here are ten tips for you to make military transition smooth and more successful in the corporate world:
Get started now. If your separation date is known, you should have ample time to prepare for adjusting. Avoid the temptation to delay and begin to create a career action plan. Make good use of your time. The decision on what type of work you want to pursue and what you are qualified to do should require stress-free considerations.
Remember that you have many options. You may opt to further your education to enhance your skills and search new careers. Or, if you think you are ready, you may directly go and join civilian work force. There are about dozens of resources that can help you out such as Your Military Transition Assistance, Military Career Resource, Military Family Service and whole lot more. These resources can counsel you on what to expect and help you find a sense of direction.
Keep all your profiles from various sites and files as professional as possible. You will be open to scrutiny by prospective employers. Keep and maintain a professional email address, answering machine or voice mail and be sure that you have shifted your social networking to professional networking.
Include your family’s best interest in the military transition period. Do not immediately move back home. Use your military move as leverage for relocating to the city on your new job. Be sure that you sign up for the gap insurance for yourself and your family. This is to avoid uncovered insurances that your new employers will not shoulder just in case you go beyond the 90 days allowable time for your job search.
Reinvent your resume. Update your credentials beginning with your resume where your military skills are specifically addressed. Give that resume a boost so it can be used in your job search in the corporate world. There are many online. They can help you put up together your military-to-civilian resume.
Focus on your strengths. You were trained for success and you can easily sell yourself in your chosen field. Former military individuals are well-disciplined, can adapt to new work environments easily, and are fast learners even in the areas of financial analysis, human resource, and administration.
Job transition is a big adjustment, so be patient with yourself to avoid becoming frustrated from overly-high expectations. Reach out to support groups that can help you such as the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). They can assist you in giving support in going to the civilian work.
Make your job application address the employer’s needs. Research about the job, what skills are required, and what the aspects of your military life are that match those skills.
In looking for a job, do not be afraid to explore options that you don’t think would work for you. Some jobs may not seem to fit your profile at first, but do not hesitate to try other fields before making up your mind in treading down another career path.
When you land that dream job, hustle your way up the corporate ladder.Your success in a new career is often determined by your first month.
- Be early to work and late to leave.
- Initiate in leading new projects
- Always ask with sincere enthusiasm
- Offer solutions instead of enumerating the reasons why things can’t be done.
You were once in the military; your performance and capabilities were tested. Now you should bank on those to get the job you want. You can market yourself on those effectively and focus on how your military skills and abilities can contribute in the company.