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Transitioning A to Z: "C" and "D"

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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 move on to “C” and “D”.

professional email address for your military to civilian career search

“C”: CONNECT. CONNECT. CONNECT.

In a job search, one can never Connect too much. It’s also important to remember that you must be easy to connect with as well.

Connect: Make sure you have a professional email address for your military to civilian career search. Use your first and last name. It’s not easy these days to get the user name you would like, but you have several options. First, play around with underscores and dots at sites like Google and Yahoo, attempting to secure your professional email: Joe.Smith@gmail.com, Joe_Smith@gmail.com, JSmith@gmail.com, J.Smith@gmail.com, or J_Smith@gmail.com. Don’t use a family account: TheSmiths@gmail.com, KarenandJoe@gmail.com. Don’t be cute: TopDog@gmail.com, FoxyMarine@gmail.com or LovetheLadies@gmail.com.

Connect: Join LinkedIn. Join Groups. Connect with people in groups. Connect with CivilianJobs.com on LinkedIn. Connect with other veterans. Attend mixers. Join professional business groups like the Rotary Club or Kiwanis.

Connect: Work backward. Instead of looking for a company that might be hiring someone of your skill set, research companies that interest you. Review their job opportunities and contact the hiring manager. You might even ask if they have a special initiative for hiring veterans. If so, ask to speak with their contact.

Connect: Write a personal handwritten thank you note to whoever interviewed you. Personal notes are rarely done anymore. A brief email directly after the interview is fine, but if you want to stand out, a personal handwritten note will do it - don’t forget to check your spelling!

“D”: DON’T GET DISCOURAGED.

One of the most stressful times in one’s life is looking for a job. It’s subjective and often has so many moving parts. It’s difficult to know the best course of action. If you don’t get that job you thought you were perfect for, it’s ok. Don’t get Discouraged. You’re in great company.

Walt Disney lost his job with the Kansas City Star newspaper in 1919 because his boss said he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

Sidney Poitier, one of America’s most respected actors, was once told in an interview, “Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?”

Steven Spielberg tried three times to get into the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television and three times was rejected.

Babe Ruth struck out a record 1,330 times, but also hit the most home runs when he was playing. Dr. Seuss’ first book was rejected 37 times, yet he went on to sell over 600 million copies. And, Abraham Lincoln lost eight elections before becoming President of the United States.

Like these figures from history and culture, don’t get discouraged - stick with your search to find a great civilian career.

See the complete A to Z list

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