Transitioning

Transitioning from the military to civilian life is a process.  Provided here are the steps and resources to ensure a smooth transition.  This page is designed to be a one-stop shop to create and execute a successful plan in finding your post-military career.

Preparation

Role Research

The hardest part of transition from the military is knowing where to start and when to start the planning process.  Here are two articles that provide a structured approach to navigating military retirement process and putting together your plan of attack:
 



Where are you in the Military Life Cycle?
The National Resource Directory is a great resource for starting out your planning for transition, finding benefits and the right agency for issue resolution.

Transitioning back into the civilian world after spending four years or more (or a career) serving in the military is a change that many military families dread making. And for good reason – figuring out where you will live, where you will work, what kind of work you will you be doing, where the kids will go to school – all are life-changing decisions when compared to moving from post-to-post or base-to-base. But the military’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) helps make the process easier. Ironically, many military families are reluctant to take advantage of the TAP program..... 
https://news.clearancejobs.com/2018/07/20/what-really-happens-during-the-transition-assistance-program/

Setting Family Expectations

For many kids, just like their parents, transitioning outside the military means adopting a new lifestyle — these families may no longer have the built-in support system they had when they lived on or near a military installation. Kids may also experience uncertainty if a parent is looking for new employment or adjusting to their own life changes. The Department of Defense (DoD) has resources for transitioning families:  https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/2018/04/04/military-parents-transition-civilian-life-kids/


Market Research

 

Marketing Material

Business Card Reimbursement: This is a pilot program the US Navy Supply Corps Foundation is currently offering. The program pays for an initial set of business cards and the templates for those Supply Corps officers who are transitioning from the military. The current process for reimbursement is to go to Vistaprint.com, create / design your business cards, and order them. Once you have purchased the business cards, send a copy of the receipt to transition@usnscf.com, and the Foundation will reimburse you up to $50. We also ask that you save the business card template(s) that you design / use and send them to us also.

 

Networking

5 Steps to Building a Winning Network  

Networking is about creating a group of acquaintances and associates and keeping it active through regular communication for mutual benefit. Here are 5 simple steps to start to develop a base for an effective network: www.military.com/military-transition/employment-and-career-planning/5-steps-to-networking.html

Transition through connection with LinkedIn

The fundamental process of networking has not changed and is still the best way to find a job. What has changed are the tools that expedite the networking process – namely, LinkedIn and Facebook, along with other online resources where you can identify people you know and people you want to know because they work in the industry and/or profession you are targeting. LinkedIn is a great social media tool that helps you maintain and build a professional network, showcase accomplishments, and stay up to date on industry trends. In order to use LinkedIn to its full advantage, follow these tips to benefit and expand your professional network: https://www.legion.org/usaa/tips/239031/leverage-your-linkedin-profile-career-success#.Ww8PAuP5quk.email
 

Application and Interview

Professional Certifications:
Depending on the professional field that you want to be employed in you might need a professional certification to boost your hiring chances. The GI Bill provides eligible applicants reimbursement of applicable fees that require a license, certification, or admission test to an institute of higher learning. The VA.gov site: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/licensing_certification.asp  provides the detailed information on how to apply for up $2,000 reimbursement.  

Professional certificates can be also attained through your accumulated military experiences and skills obtained.  The process to document the jobs you had in the military can be a very daunting. The following article from the Project Management Institute assists in the skills documentation process: https://www.linkedin.com/ pulse/converting-military- experience-project-management- 1-prigge-mba-pmp/?trackingId= qrcY3d%2BlSQSWUfvaDucJXQ%3D%3D


Resume Development:

10 reasons why recruiters aren't reading your résumé: Many job seekers spend a lot of time creating a résumé, and applying for jobs, but never get called for an interview. Why? There are many possible reasons why recruiters might not be reading your résumé, starting with these 10…. To find out what these 10 compelling reasons are read the full Star Tribune article here.
 
 

Employment Offers

You've applied for jobs, and you're finally getting an offer — what next? The truth is, companies will expect you to negotiate their offer, but they do have an established salary range that they will not violate. With preparation, you can better assess any offer against your needs and your personal value. This will help you find a “win-win” scenario where both you and the company are satisfied – the ultimate objective of the negotiation process. For tips on how to negotiate the best salary, see this Military.com Veteran Jobs article.
 

Other

Veteran Job Sites
As a veteran, you can take advantage of all job-search websites and apps. But there are quite a few sites devoted exclusively to helping veterans:
 

Job Postings

Use the link above to find job postings specfic to the skillset of the Supply Corps community.