Use your benefits, GI Bill, Veteran Retraining, disability... Use them, it makes a difference.
It is a different culture, use that cultural sensitivity training until you know the new left and right limits.
Service Values apply in the civilian world and take a little time to add humility to the list.
One of the biggest items that helped me to transition was to pay off all
bills prior to exiting.
-A big problem I see with most Veterans is their RESUME. I have reviewed
resumes from O-6 on down and they write as if they are in the military, civilianize
-Another area of concern is focus, I have heard many times when I ask this
question, What type of job do you want to do? "I don't
know............" Know what you want and scale it down to 15 seconds,
-Don't underestimate the power of networking, 85% of jobs are found through
someone you know or meet.
-Go to a job fair not looking for a job. ??? WHAT? Type up some resumes visit different
industries at the job fair, ask them about their company. You are researching.
Then ask them if they have a moment to look at your resume and make some
suggestions. Let them write on the resume or you write what they tell you.
Thank Them and don’t try and justify or dispute them, say thank you. Go home
make the corrections and apply online.
Set realistic goals.
Be a self starter.
Keep the high expectations and fantasy island what ifs quiet.
Set limits and boundaries on what you like and dislike, be readable to others.
Attitude check. Keep a positive energy field.
Get up for Early Motivation on Mondays. Civilians are energized on Monday mornings so be cautious.
Do not go into a situation where you demonstrate a chip on your shoulder, just because you are a veteran. You are in their, civilian, work environment neck of the woods.
Be prepared to defend your skills, knowledge's and abilities and/or education.
Demonstrate a personal passion for those skills you bring to the table.
Be humble learn.
Maintain your health
Get used to your name. Joe Smith versus Sgt or Captain Smith.
Or let the civilians create a nick name for you.
Stay up on your current events.