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Transitioning A to Z: "M" and "N"

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 “M” and "N”.

Seeking Military Connections In The Civilian World

“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.

“N”: Network outside of the Nest

Looking for a civilian job is in itself much like leaving the military nest - will I fly or fall?! As it pertains to networking, this is certainly true. Networking is one of the hardest tasks for job seekers whether they have a military background or not. Unless you possess a naturally outgoing personality, networking feels a bit out of our comfort zone.

However, some key job leads can be developed from this type of in-person interaction. So it is important to find opportunities to Network. While previous advice discusses seeking military connections in the civilian world, in this case we are suggesting to look for civilian professional society meetings in your area, outside of the military Nest, that you can attend. The great thing about some of these societies (such as the American Society of Transportation and Logistics or the American Marketing Association for instance) is that the local chapters have affiliations with national organizations. So even if your preferred market is not local to your area, one of these local networking connections could lead to an out-of-market opportunity. Plus, the only way to get more comfortable with in-person networking is to do it!

 

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