by Mike Arsenault - Director of Candidate Services
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Bradley-Morris answers questions from transitioning military job seekers.
Q: It will still be a little while until I am out of the military, but I am leaving my duty station. I am wondering what kind of records I should ensure I have before I transfer to make a transition to my next career easier.
A: If you don’t already have an “I-love-me-book” with all of your awards, commendations, write-ups, etc. in one place, you will want to compile one, since that is a good resource from which you can build a resume or outline your military accomplishments. As far as official military paperwork, depending on what type of position or role you are interviewing for, a safe bet is to have your military evaluations and any training certifications/proofs of completion handy. You will also want to have your DD-214 readily accessible upon your termination of service as well.
Also, make sure you get a personal email contact (not @.mil) and/or phone numbers from all of your supervisors - you might need to utilize them as references in your civilian career search. In addition to filling the important references block on job applications, who knows, some day you may reach out to your friends and fellow service members to interview with or hire them as civilians! Just keep this information in a safe place as it contains some potentially sensitive contact information.
The military, for the most part, does a good job of out-processing service members, but these items will be invaluable once you transfer.
Mike Arsenault is Director of Candidate Services at military placement firm Bradley-Morris, Inc. He can be reached at (800) 330-4950 ext. 2105 or by email at marsenault (at) bradley-morris.com.
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