Preparing your transition

Transitioning from the Military to the civilian sector might be overwhelming so here are three factors that you should take into consideration when preparing your conversion:

 

Plan early: do your homework and figure out for which industry and company you would like to work. Also if you need some certifications and traninings, get on this early so you have everything employers need when it's time to interview.

 

Determine your strengths: Employers are looking for specific skills so if you have them, make sure they get translated clearly from military to civilian jargon during the military resume writing step. If you don't have them, find skills that are similar or will be as effective to get the job done in your new position.

 

Prepare your interview: rehearse the "tell me about yourself part", anticipate questions they might have and prepare your answers so that you don't get taken by surprise during the interview.

 

Gail Esparan