Transitioning out of the military can feel daunting and a huge undertaking...and it is (a huge undertaking). However, the sooner one starts the process, the more manageable transition will be.
I've come to learn that the "sweet spot" is 24 months out. It's far out enough to have a good pace, while still taking care of one's "duties".
When it comes to the "transition profile", there is no real "one size fits all" approach. What I can advise is that it be deliberate, succinct and for goodness sake, use a profile picture that is NOT IN UNIFORM! It's imperative that the mindset be "post-military" oriented - military experience can be articulated without a picture in uniform! Again, "post-military" mindset is key! To this end, here are some tips:
-Invest in a professional headshot (Laura Hatcher is a military veteran who is a splendid choice https://www.laurahatcherphotography.com/);
-Identify the industry of interest and the specific role being pursued (there is a difference between "HR" and "HR-Payroll and Benefits" or "Management" and "Wherehouse Operations Management");
-If help is needed with identifying the "perfect" post-military role, The Commit Foundation has a phenomenal program that offers complimentary coaching (https://www.commitfoundation.org/pursueyourpurpose);
-If the industry/role being sought requires a type of attire, i.e. a suit, invest in getting a few tailored suits (Salute 2 Suit is a military friendly company https://salute2suit.com/);
-Have a detailed plan in which to count down to "transition D-Day" (Message me for a 24month blueprint);
Bottom line, have a plan, find a mentor/advisor, and don't sell yourself short!
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