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Smooth Transitions: Begin Building Relationships

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You are already a member of the strongest network of people in the world: veterans of the U.S. military. We know the last thing you want to do when you transition out of the military is hang out with other veterans—we all go through that phase. Get this feeling out of your system as quickly as possible. Go relax somewhere, get "nasty" and grow your hair out, and get away from everything military. Afterwards, when you run out of money an... more

Out of Uniform: Resume Tips for Making the Transition

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You're leaving the service and are faced with the daunting task of developing your resume. No doubt your military career is studded with accomplishments, but even the most decorated veteran needs to figure out how to make the transition to a civilian position. Follow these tips to draft a high-impact resume that shows how your military experience is transferable to a civilian job. Define Your Civilian Job Objective You can't effectively... more

Orienting Freshly Transitioned Veterans

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Employee orientation, as a whole, is one of the most neglected functions of most organizations. Unfortunately, it becomes a check in the box rather than the important function required to help socialize any new employee into the norms and expectations that will help make them both successful. Successful orientation programs for any epmloyee accomplish the following (at a minimum): ... more

Military Skills Translator: Petroleum Specialist

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If you're an Army Petroleum Supply Specialist (92F) looking for a job, check out your skills and the civilian jobs they're suited for, based on the MOS Skills Translator. Army, 92F, Petroleum Supply Specialist One of the biggest barriers to searching for jobs is understanding how the skills you learned in the military translate to the civilian workforce. features a powerful tool that breaks down the unique abilities... more

From Mentor to Protégé: The Civilian Transition


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Navy veteran Frank Villanueva recounts his military transition experience and offers some insights. I joined the military at age 18, after quitting college and having no clue as to what to do with my life. I rose through the enlisted ranks fairly quick and spent most of my military years as a supervisor. After spending over twenty years in the US Navy, I felt that I had achieved a level of comfort and seniority to be considered a senior ... more

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