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Military to Civilian Transition Timeline

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Are you separating from the military within the next year and not sure where to begin your job search? To help get you started in the right direction, Orion has created a transition timeline guide to ensure you are doing everything possible to prepare yourself for success in the civilian workplace.

The timeline is an important tool to help provide a guideline for transitioning military officers and technicians leading up to your separation.

12 months out: At this point in your transition, it is important to start to work with a military recruiting firm and begin to actively engage with a Recruiter. Orion is the largest military recruiting firm, does not require exclusivity, and allows for geographic preferences.

The next step at this stage is to start to understand and research the different types of industries that are available, and determine where your interest lies.  A Recruiter will be able to help guide this process, and be available for any questions that may arise.

It is also important to use this time to start working on your social media presence. Create a LinkedIn account, and start working through the suggested reading list for transitioning military.

Subscribe to The Hunter, Orion’s monthly e-newsletter for military job seekers. You will stay up to date on industry trends, articles of interest, Orion hiring events, and featured job opportunities.

9 months out: Start to focus on your resume. Look at sample resumes, and send your resume to your Recruiter for feedback, so that you know you have a solid product.

6-4 months out: Now that your resume is polished, it’s time to start working on interview preparation. Learning how to research companies, how to handle different types of interviews (phone, virtual, and in person), working through commonly asked interview questions, and checking out Orion’s pre-recorded interview preparation webinar are key action items for these few months.

Participate in mock interviews with your Recruiter. Take what you’ve learned over the course of the last few months and practice, tweaking your answers to be the most successful. You will also want to make sure that your Recruiter understands the parameters of your job search, including location, industry, salary requirements. This will give your Recruiter a good game plan to help support you in your job search.

At this stage, your Recruiter will also recommend a hiring conference for you, based on your projected timeline and geographic preferences.

3 months out: You are ready to attend a hiring conference, company exclusive hiring event, or be submitted to an opportunity for direct placement. Your Recruiter will continue to contact you as new opportunities arise. It’s important to stay in regular contact with your Recruiter throughout the hiring process.

Transition date: Start your civilian career! Your Recruiter will continue to keep in touch as you begin this important next step.

The military transition timeline was created to help your military to civilian transition be as smooth as possible. The goal is that by the time you transition, you will have secured a civilian career.  

For more transition guidance, check out our military transition resources page, listen to our podcast, From the Battlefield to the Boardroom, and view our episodes on transition resources.

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