How to develop career strategies from military officer to civilian

How to develop career strategies from military officer to civilian

Developing military-to-civilian transition strategies

If you plan to use the skills and experience you gained in your military job to land a suitable civilian position, you need to know some important strategies. Many military personnel face challenges when they leave active duty. They do not know how to deal with these challenges properly and as a result they and their families suffer a lot. You can make the military transition smooth if you follow some basic strategies.

Discuss the transition with your family

Before you leave your military job, discuss with your family the challenges of the military-to-civilian transition. Career changes can be stressful for a family, as this transition may involve physical relocations, a reduction in income, and the loss of a support network. You can develop a family budget well before you leave the military and start saving money. Research geographic locations that have potential job opportunities. Consider the schools, cost of living, and other life factors in that location. Realize that stress is normal at this stage. Being prepared and seeking help can make the military transition smooth.

Problems in the demilitarization of language

Many military personnel find it difficult to write a resume. It is difficult for them to properly translate military occupational specialties to meet the requirements of potential civilian employers. It takes time to figure out how to demilitarize language.

Using inappropriate resume styles

Using an inappropriate resume style is another problem the military faces. More often than not, they write ineffective content, articulating a huge amount of data to potential employers. You can solve this problem by reviewing resume examples and samples available online.

Lack of understanding of current interviewing methods

More often than not, veterans lack knowledge of current methods in the behavioral interviewing process. Although they have valuable skills that are valued and in high demand, they cannot find suitable civilian employment because they do not know how to present themselves in the interview market. You can eliminate this problem by following the skill transfer strategy. To write a successful resume, you need to understand how to separate your skills, talents, and experience from the actual military environment in which you acquired them. You need to identify all your skills and relate them to your current career goals. Then present them in an appropriate manner that can be easily understood by a civilian employer.

If all your skills, qualifications and experience are embedded in your military work, it may be difficult for an employer to recognize them. Therefore, you need to showcase your skills without focusing on your service record as a military officer. Changing the wording and presentation to suit the civilian word can help you succeed in finding the right job. Be sure to highlight your skills and experience prominently so they get the attention they deserve. Finding a good job that matches and uses your military skills can be difficult, but it helps you get an exciting and very rewarding career.

Written by: Shadeed Eleazer

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