Military Transition Job Search Tips

Searching for employment used to be a simple process. You would get your local newspaper, get to the classifieds section and look for job ads that would match your career profile and needs. While the arrival of the Net 10 years ago took the job market to the next level by increasing the number of opportunities available to both job seekers and employers, this also made the job search world more competitive than ever, most particularly during these times of high unemployment. As a result it is now essential to have a define strategy when it comes to job search.


  1. You need to know what you want. Prepare a list of what you’re looking for, whether it’s the type of job, wages, company, benefits or geographical area.
  2. Use the Internet to look for jobs. They are thousands of sites that you can go to, from the big ones like Monster and CareerBuilder to job sites that are specialized by profession or city. If there are companies you are interested in, you can also check their websites for openings.
  3. Prepare your military conversion resume. Your resume should not only be based on your profile and skills but also be customized to each job – so make sure to include any important keyword you find in the announcement.
  4. Prepare a cover letter that will emphasize the skills that you have that are related to the job you are applying to. This is also your chance to list things that might not fit in your resume.
  5. Apply to the jobs, following exactly their application requirements and deadline. It is important as not respecting their guidelines might get you disqualified even if you have what they want.
  6. Prepare for interviewing with these employers by knowing what you will say about yourself and anticipating their questions. This is essential as most companies set up the first interview over the phone so you want to be ready when they give you a ring.

Finally, if you do get to interview in person,  do not forget to send a follow-up letter to show them that you are still interested in the job. As a result you will get more chances to be part of the top candidates for the job.


Gail Esparan