Posted on Jan 27, 2014
SFC Rich Carey
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Military Veterans, you have made the transition from the military back into civilian
community.



Thinking back to the time when you left the military and in connection what you
know now, "What would you do differently making the transition?" and
"What advice would you give to our current service men and women
today?"



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SGT Ben Keen
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Making the transition is not easy.  Nothing is a slam dunk.  The advice I give to those currently in the service is to start preparing for the transition no less than 365 days out.  Do your research.  Look at where you are thinking of moving to.  What is the job market like?  Is the job you are trying to get available in that area?  How far is the VA hospital from there?  These are just a a few of the questions you really need to have answers to.

Once the ball starts rolling, it picks up speed very fast and you need to be able to work with whatever situation you find yourself.  Make sure your resume is on point.  If you need help with writing a resume, ask!  There are a lot of people willing to give you pointers.  Remember, civilians don't understand all the terms we use.  Most don't care about the number of awards you have received, rather, give them the reason WHY you got them.  Make sure the resume works for you.  

Start working on your network.  Start here with RallyPoint.  Then move onto other sites like LinkedIn to get more point of views from civilians.  This way you have both the military point of view and the civilian point of view.  

Lastly, stick to it.  You may throw hundreds of applications and resumes and may only get a  handful of interviews but that is okay.  Keep going at it.  Use each interview as a way to learn things.  Take the good and the bad out of the interview and apply those lessons to your next interview.  Stick with it and you will find yourself in the job force soon enough.
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SPC Rebecca Lovie
SPC Rebecca Lovie
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trying to spread the word about this... I believe prayer and uplifting fellow comrades would help tremendously with the transition process... Give our soldiers this opportunity please!!! http://www.risespiritualcadence.weebly.com
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GySgt Harold Sarnes
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My retirement plan would of started 2 plus years out from retirement instead of one.  Have copies of your military records medical and SRB and keep them updated until you retire and then keep them in a safe place.  During the final physical claim every injury that happened while on active duty.  Keep your retirement plan written and update as needed.  

Have a resume that civilian employers will understand.  Keep your resume current.  Don't be afraid to send out your resume.  Practice, practice, practice and practice for job interviews.         
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SSG Kenneth Randolph
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Apply army values and work ethics to any civilian career and you will succeed and accomplish your goals. Stay focused and don’t allow low standards performing employees to get you off track.
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