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Transitioning A to Z: "O" and "P"

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 “O” and "P”.

Be Organized As You Transition Out

“O”: Be Open and Organized

Job hunting is difficult on many levels, beginning with how it affects your self-esteem. Transitioning military go from having job security and an expert level of job knowledge to being a new employee just starting out in a company. If it’s any consolation, you’re not alone. Every single person seeking employment, military or not, is working with the same level of anxiety. That kind of nervousness might lead to narrowly focusing on potential jobs. It’s important to be Open to all opportunities. Look at positions you might not otherwise, especially if it fits with your interests and skill set. Job interviews are for you to learn about the position, just as much as it is the hiring manager’s goal to learn about you. And also, be Organized as you transition out, separating out companies, job descriptions and industries. Keep detailed notes and make sure you indicate follow up needs on an action plan for each. This step will provide a great reference point as you learn about corporate America.

“P”: Polish, Present and Process

What’s your elevator speech? The one you use when a hiring manager asks, “Tell me about yourself?” You’re selling a very high value commodity - YOU - and it’s important to keep focused on the selling Process. How Polished is your speech? Do you change it up with each interview? For the most part, don’t - stick with what is comfortable. Having a good opening that sells yourself to the interviewer will set you at ease and show the confidence that is important as you begin. Present yourself as natural and not rehearsed.

Remember, great sales people maintain relationships. As you interview, even if a job doesn’t work out, stay connected if appropriate to the interviewer via email or LinkedIn. Networking is a powerful tool in today’s social media age. Stay grounded about who you are and what you have to offer. Job hunting is a Process. Keep to the mission. You will be employed.


See the complete A to Z list.

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