Friday, November 10, 2017

6 Great Steps Toward Veteran Career Management Success

More than anything, military veterans want to feel productive and useful after their service. In
addition to the stress of transitioning into civilian life, many veterans are concerned about post-deployment career opportunities. The military offers awesome training, experiences, and education but it can be challenging to translate military experience into skills and qualifications that employers understand.  Below are a few practical ways to arm yourself for today’s job search:

1. Determine the job you want in the civilian market. Many veterans will leverage their skills from their time in the military to align with the civilian equivalent. Use these skills translators to help tighten your focus.
2. Play up your moments of brilliance. This is not boasting. Cite specific, performance-based achievements on your resume. Here is an example bullet point:
  • Saved company $100,000 yearly by developing new shipping and inventory system.
 Learn how to create effective accomplishment statements.

3. Build your LinkedIn account to highlight your Professional Headline. Your LinkedIn "Professional Headline" is the one-sentence description of you that appears below your name on your Profile.
It appears with your name and photo in everything you do in LinkedIn (make a comment, start a discussion, send an invitation to connect, etc.). “Civilianize” your military job title on your Profile so that employers will understand how your experiences can fit into their organization.

4. Join groups on LinkedIn that relate to the career you are searching for. Engage in conversations with other professionals to make connections and become well-versed in the industry happenings. Join WGU – Western Governors University Alumni and Students  group to connect with other WGU military veterans to build your professional network.

5. Develop a list of target employers and research each company you are interested in. Know what they do, how long they’ve been doing it, and what their current needs might be so you can target your resume and talk about how you can be their solution with confidence in your interview.

6. Go to job-fairs well prepared to network with targeted companies. Research companies and prepare thoughtful questions ahead of time so you are able to focus your day on making REAL connections with representatives, without wasting their time.

We are proud of and support all of our military veterans and have curated Resources for Veterans to assist you on this journey toward career success. We empower and encourage all WGU students and graduates to explore, develop, and actualize individual career paths by providing current resources and strategic guidance. Please do not hesitate to contact a career specialist for personalized student-veteran career assistance.

For personalized, one-on-one career support, contact WGU Career & Professional Development today!