Summary — Career Transition

As you begin the exciting — and maybe unsettling — move from a military career to a civilian career, keep in mind these key points from this topic:

  • Minimize the stress of transitioning to a civilian career by following simple steps and using a wide variety of resources.
  • Complete a personal assessment to help identify your wants and needs from a civilian job.
  • Create a list of your skills and achievements and then de-militarize them.
  • Spend time researching careers that interest you or fit your needs.
  • Network with current contacts as well as past acquaintances.
  • Evaluate your financial position during transition.
  • Set SMART goals.
  • Leverage your personal assessment and SMART goals to create a winning resume.
  • Be prepared for any type of interview.
  • Research the company, practice answering questions, and create a list of your own questions for the interview.
  • During the interview, listen closely, present well, answer intelligently.
  • Review your job offer and negotiate items that are most important to you.
  • Accept or decline the offer graciously — if accepting, make sure the offer is in writing.

You have completed Career Transition.

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