A Smooth Landing
Below are just a few tips that will help you organize and promote your skills and performance abilities in today's corporate environment.
Planning for Transition
- Begin developing a strategic transition plan at least 90 days before completing your service
- Identify industries and roles that align with your strengths and experience
- Leverage on-base or online transition resources like ACAP or TAP transition sessions, employer roundtables, and recruitment events
Create Your Network
- Join professional groups related to your field
- Create a presence in social networks, such as LinkedIn
- Volunteer in your community—you never know who you'll meet
Working the Room
- Attend professional networking events and, if possible, learn what you can about attendees prior to the event itself—LinkedIn is a great tool to help you learn more about others with similar skill sets and career aspirations
- Be prepared with your "conversation starters"
- Know what you bring to the table and rehearse your 10-second “elevator speech”
- Stay engaged with your new contacts and follow-up
- The U.S. Labor Department's O*Net Center offers Crosswalk Search: an online tool for translating military experience into civilian experience