Job Search Tips for a Smooth Military Transition

Posted by Amanda Augustine

05:35 PM

Five targeted tips for military professionals in transition.

It's important to always remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. As retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, Walter Hitchcock, first said, “Freedom isn’t free.”

So what better way for a career coach to serve our troops than to provide them with job-search advice? Read on for five targeted job-search tips for military professionals.

Highlight your strengths.

Emphasize key words, accomplishments, and transferable skills on your resume in order to be more easily captured by online applicant tracking software (ATS).

Get out there and network.

Create an online professional profile, participate in discussions on social media sites, and coach your kid’s soccer team. You might meet someone who shares your interests and who can help you find a new opportunity.

Don’t stress the resume gap.

Searching for a new job now can take an average of 6-8 months. Find ways to bridge that potential time by doing volunteer or contract work, or participating in professional organizations.

Reach out to recruiters.

Their sole purpose is to recruit top talent for the organizations they represent. If you fit the bill for some of the jobs they are looking for, recruiters can be your best friend in this process.

Reach out to veteran organizations.

They are great resources for leads, companies hiring, and places to network with other veterans and active military members who understand the process you’re undertaking.

TheLadders is committed to serving those who have served our nation by helping them find opportunities that match their skills and expertise. Please click on the following link to download a complete list of resources for military professionals.

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