- The Essential Military-to-Civilian Transition Resource

Top Ten Military Transition Tips

by Craig Griffin - SVP Operations - Bradley-Morris, Inc. (BMI)

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Craig Griffin

When it comes to your military-to-civilian transition, it can be easy to overlook an important step. With this in mind, be sure to check off these ten tips as “done,” and you will likely be on your way to a successful civilian career.

1. Be “The Early Bird”. Don’t wait until you’re 30 days away from separation before starting the military to civilian transition process. The ideal time to begin preparing for your transition is one year before you are available to begin employment in the civilian workforce.

2. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. You want to give yourself as many options as possible. Applying for jobs with only one company, working with a “handcuff” or exclusionary placement firm or working with only one military to civilian transition resource is not in your best interest. Take advantage of all the free services that are available (military placement firms, military job boards, military job fairs, TAP/ACAP) and don’t be afraid to network on your own to find a military connection (VFW, former military you know, military associations such as AUSA, MOAA, Marine for Life, etc.).

3. Get ready for inspection. Realize that the job search process opens you up to a new type of scrutiny from your perspective employer. Make sure you have a professional email address and answering machine message, and that you’ve deleted any inappropriate material or "cyber-skeletons" posted on social networking sites, etc. Better yet, don’t post any inappropriate material in the first place - it can live forever in search engine caches, even after you delete it. Shift your focus from social to professional networking sites. BMI recommends to our candidates.

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