Transitioning From the Military to Civilian Life

For those making the switch, start as early as possible

hen you transition out of the military, no one is just waiting to hand you your dream job. No one handed you anything in the military — you had to work hard for it. Have the same mentality when transitioning. To be successful, start early, be deliberate, and don’t get discouraged.

Treat your transition like a full-time job and start at least a year out. A year out, create your resume, build your LinkedIn profile, start attending networking events, and schedule phone calls and meetings with people in the industries you’re interested in.

Perception when getting out of the military: The next day, you get a text from a company offering you a job for $200,000
Perception when getting out of the military: The next day, you get a text from a company offering you a job for $200,000
The reality is you have to start early, with things like resume workshops and writing down things like what your skills are
And doing things like sending networking emails and updating your LinkedIn
The reality is you’ll start interviewing and recruiters will reference a military movie they saw and offer jobs packing boxes
Reality is you have to get books on interview tips and keep networking
The reality is you’ll get lots of rejection emails for companies you apply to
The reality is you have to keep going to networking events
You’ll get out of the military and you’ll be job hunting for a few months
Keep going to networking events and sending emails connecting with people
And eventually you’ll land that job!

Dad. Husband. Army vet. Enjoy running, cycling, cooking, and guitar.