I will be retiring in an area that I am not from and does not have an industrial/business connection to the military or military intelligence background. I am using USAjobs to have my resume/status updated for any federal jobs that become available in the area. I would like to work management, project management, leadership, team development, or team training for a non-profit or a company that helps people or animals. I know that 80% + jobs are made through connections and I want to mitigate that factor in anyway possible.
My company - Navisite - has a division called "America's Job Exchange" to help veterans like you. Look here: https://www.veteransjobexchange.com/
On LinkedIn, type the name of a business in the area you’re Retiring to and “Veteran.” If someone there IDd themselves as a Vet at that company, you may be able to connect, and then offer them a coffee if they could sit down with you one day or field a phone call. Contact the local VFW, American Legion or any other Vet Service Organizations in the area and let them know what you’re after. Good luck. Retirement is great!
I agree. Become involved in a service organization and attend Chamber events like Business After Hours etc. Another option is to become involved in your local city, township or county government. Sit on a Park Board. See if there are any appointed openings on boards too like, Planning and Zoning. Even a neighborhood association helps build connections. Lastly, some areas have community colleges that offer continuing education classes or seminars for a low cost or no cost. You meet people and learn something. If you have a passion for any of the above that is the best way to connect. Do something you feel comfortable with first.
I would suggest going to LinkedIn with a vengeance. Get the upgrade to the level above the free one and start searching for companies in your target industry that are in the area. Also, check out the "Economic Development" department of the community you are targeting. This organization and/or the "Chamber of Commerce" will have a listing of their sponsors. These folks are dedicated to the community since they are supporting organizations that look for companies to either come there area and/or expand. If you want, send me an email with your expected location and I may be able to connect you through my network of almost 6,000 connections. email@example.com
Every local community Has a Chamber of Commerce and other community development groups that can be that network for you. Kiwanis and all other "social organizations" also offer vast networking opportunities.
Most major employers are very active in these groups and will be pleased to welcome you!
Thank you all for your guidance. Very good suggestions and great actions to start the ball rolling. I appreciate it.
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