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March / April 2012

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If I Had It To Do Over... Advice From Veterans

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Courtesy of S.K. Vemmer/Released

When transitioning, change is good - but sometimes difficult - and despite the resources out there, returning back to the civilian world takes many by surprise. Loss also produces opportunities, especially if one has the chance to plan for it.

In this spirit, we asked several veterans to look back and share their transition experiences: what they got right, what they didn’t, and how they would approach it if they had to do it all over again.

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You had me at Hello

So what type of introduction will make recruiters salivate to schedule you for a sit-down interview? Surprisingly, it’s not as difficult as you may think: Dress in business attire. When you greet a recruiter, lean forward, extend your right hand, introduce yourself, look the person directly in the eye and say, “Can you tell me more about your company?"

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Work hard? Of course. Work smart? Even better!

Most military service members lack the necessary tools to conduct a job search. And, even with the best intentions, most civilian employers are not prepared to hire separating military personnel and veterans. So how do you, the reader of this column, address these issues? Work hard and work smart.

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Military to Civilian Transition

Transitioning home: Jason Dickie

Civilian Job News recently caught up with Jason Dickie in Boston. The 1996 West Point graduate took some time to speak with us about his transition from the U.S. Army to the civilian workforce. Jason served five years as a field artillery officer in Texas before returning home.

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Military Spouse Series: Mission Transition - Weathering the storm together

You make new friends. You look for a new job. You help your children acclimate. You make nice with your spouse’s co-workers. You diligently search for and find the right hairstylist, doctor and orthodontist, or at least the ones for right now. At some point, after one tour or too many to count, you do those things for what you imagine will be the last time - in a military transition.

Article Sponsored by: Wil-Trans

Military Spouse Transition

Ask the Recruiter

What questions do your peers have about the military transition and job search process? Here is this month's first question:

Q: Recently, a hiring manager asked if I had any questions about the job I was interviewing for and I felt awkward. What kind of questions should I be asking? Usually, the entire interview is about the job, so I’m stumped.

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