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Transitioning A to Z: "E" and "F"

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 move on to “E” and “F”.

job opportunities available for veterans

“E”: Explore and Eggs

You’ve probably spent the past few years thinking about your transition to civilian life, but thinking isn’t actually transitioning. Now that you are in the window of opportunity, Explore all your options from location and industry to job market and position. There are job opportunities available for veterans, but they may not be in your first choice of location, industry or position.

And as you continue with your search, don’t put all your Eggs in one basket or allow yourself to eliminate a company, a location, or even a particular type of job before you educate yourself with all of the information available. With thousands of opportunities in corporate America, many of the great places to work for former military are outside the Fortune 500. In fact, many former military find a fast track to success with jobs in privately held firms and/or with jobs located outside of major metropolitan areas.

“F”: Focus and Foot

Your Focus will be tested in your job search, especially when it comes to your resume. Remember that to a large extent, resumes aren’t there to help you get a job - they are there to potentially eliminate you from a job. When a recruiter or HR administrator is trying to pare down a stack of resumes from 100 to just a few for consideration, one misspelling or grammatical mistake can be the reason a resume ends up in the “circular file”. As you are working on various versions of your resume, find a place where you can truly focus on your task. It’s not something any of us are used to doing in our everyday lives, so it requires extra concentration. After you are done, have someone else read over it. Then focus, and re-read it for yourself. Come back to it later and re-read it again. This focus will help your resume stay in the “keeper” pile.

Get off on the right Foot! Once you’ve taken your new job in corporate America, make sure you hit the ground running. Just like in the military, you only get one chance to get off to a great start. Your first month on the job will likely set the tone for your entire career:

- Come in early and stay late.

- Ask questions and be enthusiastic.

- Volunteer for tough, demanding assignments.

- Be willing and eager to get your hands dirty.

- Solve problems rather than give reasons why things can’t be done.

See the complete A to Z list

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