Currently in the process of submitting applications.
Carlos - I'd start with LinkedIn - companies find talent there so having a strong presence on that site is a good start. Realize that everyone you know is a potential job lead - start to compile a list of the top 50 people you know who could help you further your civilian career. Where do they work and do they match up with any target companies or jobs you've identified? If so. can they make an introduction for you. Multiply every person you know by 3 introductions they can facilitate for you - that's one way to start expanding your network. If you'd like to discuss a strategy please contact me at email@example.com
IF you know the civilian job that you want, ask for an "informal interview" with a few people who are already doing that job. As a part of the interview process, ask him/her about local professional associations of like-employed people. For example (only), if it is a Human Resources position that you seek, you should be told about the local SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management) chapter and when/where they meet. Go to their meetings, pick brains, and make a good reputation for yourself by volunteering for the group.
If you do not know what kind of a position to look for, this FREE website will be of help:
If you need help interpreting the results, I'd be glad to help a fellow Vet - also free.
Foremost, thank you for your service. Suggest you set up a gratis account on LinkedIn... hundreds of interest- and geo-based networking resources. Wish you success!
My suggestion would be to take a passion of yours and join a group of civilians that meet around that passion or hobby. This will both help you expand your network and begin your cultural transition. A site like Meet Up is a great place to start.
Thanks for reaching out! ACP AdvisorNet is a great place to start networking. By visiting our Community page, you can search for individuals with whom you can connect based on their area of professional expertise, zip code, branch of military service, and more. You are able to send private messages to both Advisors and Fellow veterans in order to build connections and establish professional relationships.
Please let us know if we can help further. Thank you for your service!
All the best,
What Job field are you going into? there is meetup.com which has meetups for pretty much anything you can think of.
Great book on networking. "Never eat along" by Keith Ferrazzi.
Have you considered an apprenticeship with an organization?
Hi Carlos, As several others mentioned LinkedIn is a great place to start. Be sure to tag your profile as a Veteran and there are several military LI groups you can join as well. Once you become more active in LinkedIn, and connect with people you know, start applying for positions. You will find a prompt on the job with people who you are connected to already that work there or mutual connections. I would recommend asking those people to connect you with either the hiring manager if they know them, or perhaps someone in recruiting at that company. This can put you in front of the other applicants. Happy hunting!
Carlos, thank you for your service. I agree with some of the comments here-- definitely use LinkedIn, reach out to others from your service branch but also join groups for companies that you're interested in and talk to the people in those groups (many of which will be employees of that company and can help), find local groups in your community: Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Club, and veteran groups that support transitioning vets. Mostly talk to everyone you know and use them to spread the word. Don't be afraid to ask people to ask people in their network. Happy to talk to you more about it. Feel free to email me directly if you'd like (firstname.lastname@example.org) Wish you the best.
Thanks everyone, I appreciate the help! I just reached out to members of the alumni community and I was really surprised at how receptive they have been to help. I have my first informational interview later this week.
What type of work do you hope to do? That's a great place to start. Let me know; I might have a few ideas.
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