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.