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Military Experience to Civilian Job - Tips/Keys to a Successful Transition

Military personnel have the skills and experience the civilian world wants...discipline, knowledge, reliability, responsibility, persistence and commitment.

Focus on skills that cross the boundaries, such as:

  • Planning
  • Supervising
  • Auditing
  • Quality assurance
  • Team training
  • Second Language skills
  • Computer /Technology skills
  • Mechanical skills
  • Management experience
  • Safety maintenance
  • Administration (paperwork)
  • Hazardous materials handling
  • Drug & alcohol abuse prevention
  • Preventive maintenance (inspecting)
  • Job counseling
  • Security
  • EEO (experience with EEO program/ monitoring)
  • Maintenance
  • Inventory control
  • Accounting
  • Training
  • Scheduling

Look for leading employers that have been recognized for their support of the military.

Use your military network to help find civilian job contacts.

Attend Career Fairs - on base - employers looking for talented employee like you!

As an army spokesperson said: "Corporations, government agencies, and other organizations highly regard intelligence experience for selected civilian jobs, because it represents abilities that are usually associated with managerial and executive-level work abilities that establish integrity, loyalty, and trustworthiness."

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