VETERAN TRansition ROADMAP

The EF LEGION Veteran Transition ROADMap is intended to provide an easily understandable and executable process to kickstart your next career.

Veterans are faced with information overload when it comes to transition resources, making it increasingly difficult to decipher which programs or resources are credible and effective. The EF LEGION Veteran Transition ROADMap is a compilation of best practices and effective, reputable veteran transition resources to hedge your chances for a successful transition.

GOLDEN RULE TO A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION

No organization or person can or should own your transition for you. You are solely responsible for your transition, so take ownership!

01 KNOW THY SELF

The job search starts with taking a personal inventory of your skills, attributes and motivations. Self-assessment before job hunting is key. Know your strengths so you can play to them and know your weakness in order to augment them.

When you sit down for an interview, they’re going to want you to be able to tell them who you are, what you know and what you can contribute. If you’re unable to immediately describe your skills and abilities, interests and passions, motivations and aspirations, you’re not going to get the job.

Great Tools for Self-Assessment: These tests are also commonly used by Hiring Managers during the hiring process.

02 CAREER AND INDUSTRY RESEARCH

It’s okay if you don’t know what industries or careers interest you outside the Military. Use the below resources to identify and research potential industries and functional roles of interest. Remember, part of the career and industry research process is also eliminating industries or jobs that don’t interest you. These resources also provide average salaries for industries and functional roles. You have to put the time and effort into identifying your next move. No one will do it for you.

Great Tools for Career and Industry Research:

  • Glassdoor: Glassdoor is a website where current and former employees anonymously review companies. Glassdoor also allows users to anonymously submit and view salaries and get the inside scoop on companies .
  • Career Leader  : 96 of the Top 100 MBA programs use this assessment to help identify industry and functional roles for each candidate.
  • Vault.com  : Vault.com provides Rankings and Reviews to find the Best Companies to work for and the Best Internship Programs.
  • Careers.org : Careers.org is a top guide to career resources, jobs and occupations, online education and degree programs from online schools and universities in the US *
  • LinkedIn : LinkedIn is a powerful to research both industries, jobs, and specific companies.

03 MENTORSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING

As the saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Networking is an art and a powerful means to research different industries and jobs, while receiving mentorship from proven industry leaders. As a Veteran, you should be looking for assistance with your transition from private sector professionals, regardless whether they served in the military or not. Talk to everyone you can while building meaningful relationships.

A word of caution as a Veteran – Never ask or look for a hand-out, rather ask for a hand-up from your network to help you gain the right opportunity to kickstart your next career.

Great Tools for Mentoring and Networking:

  • American Corporate Partners : ACP aims to ease the transition from the military to the civilian workforce. ACP is the only nonprofit organization engaged in national corporate career counseling for our returning military.
  • Veterati : A top mentoring network platform for the military.

04 EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR A NEW CAREER

While you may have the ‘soft skills’ companies are looking for, you have to accumulate the requisite ‘hard skills’ tosucceed in specific industries and functional roles. The military wouldn’t send you directly to a Special Operations Unit or expect you to fly a multi-million dollar aircraft without the proper training, and the private sector expects potential hires to have the baseline skills required within their respective industries. Put the work in to educate and retrain yourself to succeed in your next role.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING RESOURCE

05 RESUME AND INTERVIEW PREP

Your resume is the first look a corporate leader or hiring manager gets at assessing you. The resume has to be well written, both quantitatively and qualitatively portraying your past performance, accomplishments, attributes, and potential for leadership within their company. Due to technology, your resume cannot contain spelling or grammatical errors, or it will be rejected by most company’s Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). A good resume takes months if not years to perfect. It’s okay to use a professional writing service to take a first attempt at your resume.

Interviewing is an art and you must be prepared to convey your personal value proposition and brand while remaining personally authentic. While the company may be interviewing you, you are also assessing if the company is the right cultural fit for you and if they will be personally invested in your career development. Mock Interviews through your personal and professional networks are the best means to prepare for the interview process.

RESUME AND INTERVIEW RESOURCES

06 EXECUTE

Now that you’ve done your due diligence, the next step is to step into the arena and take action. This process is not easy, but you are amongst the most resilient leaders in the country. Remain patient, be emotionally intelligent, and use each opportunity to expand your network. And remember, every ‘No’ gets you one step closer to ‘Yes’ and identifying the right opportunity for you.

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