This phase is designed to help you translate your military experience into a meaningful resume, begin networking, and research companies that are looking to hire.
There is no one-size fit all approach to transition. However locating a potential employer or that next steps, and securing an offer or acceptance option that will be meaningful to you is important. While Phase I builds a firm foundation, Phase II begins to build the transition strategy in action.
You should plan to set aside time each week for your transition tasks and job search as well as explore fellowship opportunities to help grow your network. Lastly, it’s all about bringing that mission to an end successfully. Be sure there are no loose ends and always follow-up.
TASK 7: FIND A JOB
Start with the basics who, what, where, how, why and when
Make sure you capture all that you have done, and all those great accomplishments that conveys into experience. Then decide where you want to be and what you want to be doing. The rest will begin to unfold on your career map. Quick tips include:
TASK 8: MARKET YOURSELF
Tell your story
You’re unique and bring a wealth of experience to the table. While everyone’s journey is different, how you market yourself needs to be unique. What do you want people who first meet or interview you to remember? Quick tips include:
TASK 9: BUILD YOUR NETWORK
Expand your network one contact at a time
People can open doors you may not have known existed. Think about those in your community, your service programs, your social networks, etc. Who might be able to make a connection that will matter? Also consider professional networks that can help you transition easier into the civilian culture.
Attend a Networking Event
Join Social Networks or Professional Networks
Build Your Network Every Day
TASK 10: NAIL THE INTERVIEW
Practice with expert tips and tricks
Marketing efforts to include how you market yourself, takes practice. How you develop job leads, contacts and referrals is all based on experience. It doesn’t hurt to practice your approach. Consider leveraging peers, friends, and former supervisors as part of this network. Quick Tips include:
Attend an Event to Assist with Marketing & Networking
Do a Social Media Check-up on Facebook or LinkedIn
Access Reading Room Resources to Get Updated Tips
TASK 11: TARGET JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Initiate a target cycle
Find, negotiate and accept a meaningful and financially viable employment opportunity. Search smarter not harder for job opportunities such as using other online platforms; leveraging job centers; and attending hiring events. Quick Tips include: