Roads To Military Transition Success

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Dr. Jim Sandefer, PhD, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, provides some insight into military career transition. If you are separating or retiring from the military soon, then review this presentation for some helpful tips.

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Roads To Military Transition Success

  1. 1. WELCOME to the Webinar Basic Transition Fundamentals a complimentary service offered by Sagana Group www . militaryresumes.org
  2. 2. The 1 st Road to Success <ul><li>You can choose the first of two roads: </li></ul><ul><li>1 st -- You’re simply looking for a job. </li></ul><ul><li>This job search is driven by: </li></ul><ul><li>a. Financial need, or </li></ul><ul><li>b. Personal preference </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom line -- I need a job NOW! </li></ul>
  3. 3. The 2 nd Road to Success <ul><li>This road is more complex </li></ul><ul><li>2nd -- Pursuing a long-term career </li></ul><ul><li>Driven by want vs. need </li></ul><ul><li>a. I’m financially comfortable now </li></ul><ul><li>b. I want a profession/career field change </li></ul>
  4. 4. Answer This Question NOW! <ul><li>Which road are you prepared to pursue today ? </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Basic Transition (getting a job) <ul><li>Resume -- an essential transition element </li></ul><ul><li>Overlooked element: The Human Aspect </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety can be a significant issue for those transitioning into the civilian job market </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety is often caused by inadequate transition preparation or none at all </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Wake-Up Call <ul><li>Instead of seeing Military Uniforms you may be surrounded by suits, T-shirts, shorts and sandals </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate Realizations about being a Civilian: </li></ul><ul><li>a. No more rank (you’re simply Mr. or Ms.) </li></ul><ul><li>b. No military jargon (and no LES) </li></ul><ul><li>c. Civilian work ethics are not standardized </li></ul><ul><li>d. The boss is a 30 year old civilian -civilian </li></ul>
  7. 7. Getting a Handle On It All Part 1 <ul><li>Do some goal setting </li></ul><ul><li>a. Where do you fit in? </li></ul><ul><li>b. What are your strongest attributes? </li></ul><ul><li>c. List your strengths and weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>d. Use these during your job/career search </li></ul><ul><li>Accept uncertainty as part of the process </li></ul>
  8. 8. Getting a Handle On It All Part 2 <ul><li>Patience -- Patience -- Patience </li></ul><ul><li>The transition process takes time </li></ul><ul><li>Secure the assistance of professionals (Resume & Transition Specialists) </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t over think the situation </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrate -- stay focused </li></ul><ul><li>Take deep breaths and relax -- often </li></ul>
  9. 9. Identifying and Pursuing a Second Career <ul><li>Use your options: </li></ul><ul><li>a. Most Effective: Target a Specific Job </li></ul><ul><li>b. Identify a Niche Area </li></ul><ul><li>c. Consider a Broad Career Field </li></ul><ul><li>Get a Professionally Prepared Target Resume </li></ul>
  10. 10. Answer the Following Questions <ul><li>1. Have you identified a career field or </li></ul><ul><li>specific job? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Which one of these options will make you </li></ul><ul><li>happiest with your professional civilian </li></ul><ul><li>occupation and life in general? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Are you comfortable with your career field </li></ul><ul><li>options? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Additional Considerations <ul><li>Do you know the performance skill sets </li></ul><ul><li>and critical experiences employers are </li></ul><ul><li>searching for in filling the positions or </li></ul><ul><li>career fields you’re interested in pursuing? </li></ul>
  12. 12. If you have not already done so, Do the Following <ul><li>Correct shortfalls in skills, education, training, experience and competence </li></ul><ul><li>It may involve some major lifestyle changes: </li></ul><ul><li>a. Going back to college </li></ul><ul><li>b. Completing intense Technical or </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized Training Courses </li></ul>
  13. 13. Assessment: Ask Yourself the Following <ul><li>Professional: Does the job or career field I plan to pursue offer an acceptable range of pay and comfortable work environment options for me? </li></ul><ul><li>Are these job possibilities exciting and motivating for me ? </li></ul>
  14. 14. More Questions <ul><li>Workplace relationships: </li></ul><ul><li>a. Will I be comfortable with the potential </li></ul><ul><li>professional relationships offered in the </li></ul><ul><li>work places I am considering? </li></ul><ul><li>b. Will I be associating with people for </li></ul><ul><li>reasons that feel respectable and correct </li></ul><ul><li>to me? </li></ul><ul><li>c. Do these professional relationships have </li></ul><ul><li>the capacity for being acceptably </li></ul><ul><li>fulfilling? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Considerations <ul><li>Stop! </li></ul><ul><li>Take a hard look at your current situation : </li></ul><ul><li>Which transition road is most advantageous and </li></ul><ul><li>realistic for you to travel at the moment? </li></ul><ul><li>a. Getting a job NOW, or </li></ul><ul><li>b. Settling into a comfortable second career </li></ul>
  16. 16. Learn Through the Transition Process <ul><li>Research confirms: We learn through experience-- The Transition Process is a Big Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Be vigilant, make adjustments as necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Take your time, think, decide and then take action </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing the correct road is half the battle </li></ul><ul><li>Then move forward with confidence and success </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Professionals can help! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Your Next Step <ul><li>Review the information contained on our website: www.militaryresumes.org </li></ul><ul><li>Have more Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Click Contact Us tab at bottom of our Home Page </li></ul><ul><li>We Respond Promptly </li></ul><ul><li>Our Transition Specialists are ready to Assist You TODAY! </li></ul><ul><li>Ready to get your Transition Underway? </li></ul><ul><li>*Click “ Order Resume ” tab at bottom of our Home Page </li></ul>
  18. 18. Thank You! from the Career Transition & Resume Professionals at Sagana Group www.militaryresumes.org <ul><li>Your interest and participation is appreciated </li></ul>

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