I. Apply for and enroll in one of VETTED’s programs (see vetted.org)
—–VETTED provides the most comprehensive transition program ie. Industry: Knowledge, Experience and Network all in one package.—–
II. Or, You can try to do it on your own. We do not recommend going it truly alone but if so, here is a recommend path: PLAN –> Get clarity for the road ahead –> Find the right career path for you –> Grow and leverage your network –> Launch your search, in this order.
-Start up to 24-36 months prior to retirement if you can in order to take advantage of active duty education assistance, complete any certifications you are interested in and develop a practical plan. Start no less than 6 months from Terminal Leave.
-Make this your full time after-work endeavor. Remember, this is your next “Great Thing!”/career.
Execute this path by doing the following (there are many terms and programs in the following recommendations that you’ll need to find by googling which results in many more resources):
A. Corporate Track / (B. Entrepreneur Track-TBP, C. Higher Ed)
- Build your Transition/BackwardsTimeline/Calendar. ((includes: medical appointments/documentation, certifications, VA briefs, Troops to Teachers, Entrepreneurship, Higher ed, all SFL-TAP has to offer (Ft Hood SFL-TAP newsletter has a fairly comprehensive list)…, centurion military alliance, texas veterans commission and american dream u workshop (google these)… as well as **fellowship/internship** very important)
- Create an all-encompassing RESUME. Define what you did in civilian terms. Lots of free tools. Google ”free resume builders military to civilian” And “best resumes for 20xx”. Or return to your alma mater career services office for help. Other options: Google now has an MOS translator as well as COOL. Take your time and do a good job. You’ll go through many many drafts before you are comfortable. (Other sample option: register for Hire Heroes USA they will build your resume for free with your OER/NCOERs, SRB & Awards (not for everyone) Hire Heroes. We do NOT recommend paying anyone to help with your resume.
- JobScan.Co: THE RECOMMENDED TOOL FOR RESUME OPTIMIZATION. Jobscan is built from algorithms used in top Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). Optimize your resume keywords and get more interviews.
- Candorful : A free interview preparations service for transitioning veterans. Candorful provides veterans with a three series interview preparation package. They use the repetition method with immediate verbal feedback at the end of each session to prepare you for real world interviews.
- Ambition Box: THE RECOMMENDED TOOL FOR INTERVIEW PREPARATION. Know about latest job interview questions of various companies with their reviews and ratings. Search for aptitude test papers, salary breakup and much more.
- Bradley-Morris Career College : An OVERWATCH Strategic Partner, Bradly-Morris Inc. has been in the business of matching Veterans with the private sector for over 25 years. The BMI Career College resources is a great source as you prepare for the Job Search.
- Linked-In Learning
- Career Services at Princeton University
- Yale Office of Career Strategy
- Harvard Office of Career Services
- Create your LINKEDIN profile from your resume. Your local USO is the best place to get a high-resolution, free, good professional picture. Sign up for LinkedIn Premium approximately 8 months from retirement (Premium for service members is free for 12 months (google it). Take your time. Check other related service member’s profiles to make sure you are maximizing your profile. [Let your friends and network know you are looking for work. Leverage your Alumni and personal network].
- Complete any version of the CLAMS to figure out what your career priorities are and what you don’t want to do post transition. Challenge, Location, Advancement, Money, Security (google it for definitions). https://www.hireheroesusa.org/discovering-dream-job/ or https://core.tonyrobbins.com/wheel-of-life-4Also consider (+): benefits packages, stock options, culture, attire, flexibility etc. Rank your CLAMS + to figure out what your priorities are post retirement and what you REALLY think you want to do.
- Do your RESEARCH. Research companies you may be interested in based on the above. Use the companies website. If you are not sure which company to research google “best companies for ______”. You can use Indeed, Glassdoor, Fairygodboss and theladders.com (google-em) to learn more about companies as well as their Social Media, their LinkedIn (includes jobs, company information, people you may be connected with who work there), Google/Google News, themuse.com etc.
- Enroll and attend other helpful workshops: USO Pathfinders, American Dream U and Centurion Military Alliance. /// Fourblock if you’re going to school.
- Register for WorkInTexas, Veterans.gov, veteranrecruiting.com, USA Jobs, mynextmove.org/vets/, Indeed, ziprecruiter, careerbuilder, monster etc. You can select location and type of work to setup notifications. Look for job titles you think you’d like and can do, then pull down their description to refine your resume and LinkedIn profile. Don’t limit yourself by your MOS. If you had any additional duties in the military and you have experience in those areas you can apply these to your resume and LinkedIn profile as well.
- “Google” Free Training for Veterans and you’ll find some of the links below plus many many others:
- https://hireourheroes.org/training/ …Institute of Veterans and Military Affairs (IVMF),
- https://www.hireheroesusa.org/training-programs/ https://www.gijobs.com/free-program-helping-veterans-become-it-ready/
- VetsinTech,Salesforce vetforce training
- Cisco Cyber training (https://blogs.cisco.com/csr/cisco-offers-military-veterans-free-cybersecurity-training )
- BreakLine Education (Tech) http://breakline.org
- Deloitte (CORE) https://Inkd.in/dEMVAe4
- Veteran Career Transition Assistance Program (VetCTAP) https://www.vetctap.org
- REEBOOT https://www.nvtsi.org
- Patriots Path, Inc. https://patriots-path.org
- Veteran Transition Support https://Inkd.in/dd2XA-2
- Hope for the Warriors https://lnkd.in/drUbYJQ
- FourBlock https://fourblock.org
- Rebuilding Our Heroes https://lnkd.in/ehsVS3g
- VetsReady2Work https://www.melwood.org/
- The Honor Foundation https://www.honor.org/ -Navy Seals & Spec Ops
- USO Pathfinder https://lnkd.in/eRhSPHC
- SOF for Life (special operations personnel) https://lnkd.in/ewhUprp
- O2O https://lnkd.in/e75kz5T and Skillbridge
- STANFORD IGNITE FOR POST-9/11 VETERANS: Stanford Ignite is an academic program for individuals formulating, developing and commercializing ideas.
- DARTMOUTH NEXT STEP: The transition from the military or athletics into the civilian world is complex and demands new skills and knowledge. Tuck’s Next Step program is your partner to navigate that transition and set your sights on a new horizon: a career in business. 4.
- BREAKLINE: BreakLine’s career transition programs for veterans provide a direct and affordable pathway to the world’s leading companies.
- WARRIOR SCHOLAR PROJECT – The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) empowers enlisted military veterans by providing them with a skill bridge that enables a successful transition from the battlefield to the classroom; maximizes their education opportunities by making them informed consumers of education, and increases the confidence they will need to successfully complete a rigorous four-year undergraduate program at a top-tier school.
- SERVICE TO SCHOOLS: Service to School (S2S) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides free application counseling to military veterans. Their goal is to help veterans gain admission to the best universities possible and to help them maximize their education benefits.
- MBAVets: Founded in 2009, the MBA Veterans Network® is a professional networking and advocacy organization dedicated to connecting military veteran students and alumni of the world’s top-ranked universities with employers who value their elite academic credentials, military leadership abilities, and limitless career potential.
- Student Veterans of America (SVA): Veterans interested in continuing their education as they transition from military service will learn more about local SVA chapters and the organization’s initiatives supporting Veterans and families in higher education and have opportunities to join local chapters and attend national live and virtual events.
- Simplilearn: Simplilearn, one of the world’s leading certification providers, offers short-term online training courses to help professionals get certified and get ahead. Simplilearn has developed a new Corporate Skills Apprenticeship for Veterans. Enroll now to obtain a ‘business acumen’ certification and increase your employability.
- Emeritus Institute of Management – Global IVY Education:– EMERITUS offers management education programs in collaboration with three top ranked business schools: MIT Sloan, Columbia Business School & Tuck at Dartmouth.
- Training the Street: Training the Street provides financial training courses to prepare students and professionals to earn a career in finance training, financial professionals, and investment banking.
- Coursera: Learn online and earn valuable credentials from top universities like Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies like Google and IBM.
- EDx: Flexible learning on your schedule. Access more than 1900 online courses from 100+ leading institutions including Harvard, MIT, Microsoft, and more.
- Udemy: Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace with over 65000 courses and 15 million students.
- Vetforce: Vetforce is the Salesforce job training and career accelerator program for military service members, veterans, and spouses.
- VETS2PM: VETS2PM helps Military Veterans become Project Managers! Global demand for experienced, qualified project managers (“PMs”) currently outstrips supply by 76%!
- PM-ProLearn: Prep with the PM-Pros to pass the PMP Exam using a proven, structured, and immersive system.
- MVPvets: The mission of MVPvets is to assist, and prepare, transitioning military veterans for meaningful employment in life science companies.
- Operation Code: Operation Code is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to aid military, vets and their families learn coding and web technologies.
- Galvanize: Galvanize is a 21st Century school for entrepreneurs, engineers, and data scientists.
- General Assembly: Master new skills in design, marketing, technology, and data — online or at our campuses around the world.
- American Society for Quality (ASQ): ASQ provides the quality community with training, professional certifications, and knowledge to a vast network of members of the global quality community.
- Sign up for mentorship programs: American Corporate Partners, and Veterati (there are no dumb questions and every engagement can result in success). There are multiple veteran mentorship programs including: veteranmentornetwork.org/ , ementorprogram.org/veteran-ementor/ , standbesidethem.org, MilitaryCivilian-Career-Coaching-Connection-MC4-, https://www.commitfoundation.org/
- Select your top 5 companies or StartUps based on your CLAMS, Company research and Job research. Connect and follow them on LinkedIn and Social Media. Setup calls, coffee and informational interviews just to get to build a relationship and or understand the company or job they do. Google “Veteran Resource Group” to identify companies that have VRG and are most veteran active and friendly, not just paying lip service.
- Apply for veteran program opportunities: Delloite U, Delloite CORE Leadership Program, Bank of America military transition, Johnson & Johnson military veteran leadership development program , Disney’s heroes work here, JPMorgan Chase & Co. military and veterans programs, etc. also check “texvet.org” for a good list of transition, education, employment and business opportunities here).
Prepare for Interviews along the way:
- Get an ***Internship or Fellowship in order to start your reintegration into the Private Sector (don’t call it “civilian sector”). –Career Skills Program- Or: Idealist.org SimplyHired.com Careershift.com USAJobs.gov GoAbroad.com Student Conservation Association Experience.com
- Be REALISTIC and HUMBLE with your expectations. You spent xx number of years becoming an expert in _______ as did the person at company X that is a domain expert that you will be working for, interviewing for or competing with for a position. Your best chance at employment is being able communicate your value to them by relating your experience to the position or problem sets that company is having**
- You have to NETWORK to GET Work (LinkedIn, Informational interviews, Calls, Let your friends and family know you are looking, Go for coffee, (Meetup and Eventbrite in the city you want to work). Work on your elevator pitch without it all being your military background. Make sure to capture your volunteer events, community involvement, family, extra-curricular activities & hobbies. —————————————————————————————————————————————– ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-B. Entrepreneur Track… TBP.
For 40 year olds and over also checkout the following which have great career tools:
Lastly, remember, “The possibilities are endless but, they are not free.” – Dr. Melgar-C’De Baca