Transition Tips

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

Additional Guidance

  • The U.S. Labor Department's O*Net Center offers Crosswalk Search: an online tool for translating military experience into civilian experience