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Transitioning A to Z: "C" and “M”

by Military Transition News Staff

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In the upcoming issues of Military Transition News, we are reprising the A to Z list of everything a service member needs to know about transitioning. Two of the “greatest hits” are the letters “C” and “M”.

“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: As a military experienced job seeker, 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:,,,, or Don’t use a family account:, Don’t be cute:, or

Connect: Join LinkedIn. Join Groups. Connect with people in groups. Connect with 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!

”M”: Mind your Move
Don’t automatically use your military Move to go back to your home of record. There is no better way to expand your job possibilities than to open yourself to new geographies. Consider some new states or regions to live in, then wait until you have a job in what could potentially be a new location.

A huge advantage for a military-experienced job seeker is that many times, their military move can pay for relocation to the city of their new job. For a company that might otherwise have to pay for a civilian to relocate, this could be the leg up you need.

See the full Transitioning A to Z list at:

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