7. Do I need training?
One of the biggest barriers that Veterans cite in their transition is a lack of industry-specific skills and training. Getting this training while still in uniform or as a veteran greatly increases your chances of success to get hired into your new career field. In addition, there are many programs available to get certification for veterans such as onward to opportunity. With training and certification, many veterans have found employers lining up to hire them.
8. Should I use my GI Bill?
Look carefully as you select a training and certification program. Many out there are subsidized by donors or employers and don’t require you to use your G.I. Bill. That would keep it available for you to get advanced education or to pass it along to your dependents.
Most veterans don’t get jobs from job boards. Networking is the big secret. As you’re approaching your transition it’s time will spent to increase your network and also tap into your network of better instead of going ahead of you to better understand a particular career field. They cannot only help you decide what career but also give you insights to better prepare yourself.
10. Establish your civilian personal brand
While there are many programs to help translate military skills, but there are few that support vets in learning to communicate that translation effectively. Veterans face multiple hiring disadvantages from stereotypes in the civilian world perpetuated by Hollywood and the media. Veterans have been trained to act as a unit and are in need of training and guidance in the art of self-promotion. A personal brand is an operating system veterans will use throughout their entire career. Look for programs like Onward To Opportunity to develop your personal brand.