Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life
There are excellent resources to assist you in transitioning into the civilian job force. If you have not already done so, check your base for information on their Transition Assistance Program (TAP).
Leave the Jargon on BaseThe hiring staff at civilian companies may not understand military structure, acronyms, and processes. If your resume focuses on your military experience, make sure to translate your skills and accomplishments into civilian terms. If they do not understand your qualifications, you may be overlooked for the position.
As a member of the military, you’ve undoubtedly moved several of times during your career; therefore, you are able to easily adapt to new environments and situations. Adaptability is just one example of the many transferable skills acquired throughout a military career. Take time to identify your transferable skills and present them to hiring staff on your resume and during interviews.
The federal job search process is different from searching for others jobs. If you are interested in searching or applying for a federal job, it is highly recommended you make an appointment with the career center. We have additional resources available and can assist you with this process. In the meantime, visit the USAjobs.gov website to search listings and learn more about the application process.