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Transitioning A to Z: "I" and "J"

by Military Transition News Staff

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In upcoming issues of Military Transition News, we will be listing everything a service member needs to know about transitioning, from A to Z.

This month, we tackle “I” and “J”.

Impress The Civilian Interviewers

“I”: Impress Them

Anyone can look good on paper, but what a company wants is someone that truly impresses them! It’s not easy to do, because it requires a confident feeling from within, not a perfectly coiffed look on the outside. Companies want people that fit in with their team. Be the kind of person that they can’t do without. Impress the civilian interviewers and they will do whatever it takes to sign you on.

“J”: Job Search, Job Fairs, Job Boards


Transitioning from the military to a civilian job can be difficult. It’s not always easy to find a civilian job that matches a military rank or MOS exactly. One of the best ways to familiarize yourself with the workplace is to consistently conduct your Job Search via Job Boards using “civilianized” keywords that best match your current and past job responsibilities. Similarly, try to investigate every booth at military Job Fairs to see if there is a match at those civilian employers for someone with your background. Savvy employers sometimes send recruiters who come from a military background, so make good use of your conversation time with them, especially if they are from your branch of service. With persistence, you should be able to find a great fit for your work experience and skills.


See the complete A to Z list

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