Wednesday, March 20, 2013

When to Begin Your Transition to a Civilian Career


Making the transition from military to civilian life is an exciting time in the life of a veteran. Your location, career, and compensation are among the many things that will be changing. Many service members come to us asking when they should begin thinking about this transition. Orion usually begins working with military professionals who are approximately 18 months from their planned start date. Based on that timeline, you can use the following checklist as a guide to ensure you are doing everything possible to prepare yourself for success in Corporate America.

18 – 7 months prior to your separation date
  • Attend a base visit presentation and/or schedule a base visit interview.
  • Conduct an initial phone screen with an Orion Candidate Recruiter to determine initial interests and establish general target locations. Your recruiter will send you an initial preparation packet.
  • Establish your timeline. Let your recruiter know your planned Earliest Start Date.
  • Begin your professional reading in target areas using our suggested reading list.
  • 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 and Orion hiring events and featured job opportunities. It’s a great way to get a jump start on your civilian career.
  • During this time, we will be in contact with you every couple of months to check in, and determine your progress.
6 – 4 months prior to your separation date
  • Attend a base visit presentation and/or schedule a base visit interview.
  • Contact your Orion Candidate Recruiter about your preferences. Make sure you clearly communicate the industries that you are looking for, your salary range, and geographic preferences. Keep in mind that the more flexible you are, the more opportunities we can show you.
  • Complete your resume using one of our two resume formats.
  • Continue professional readings.
  • Complete interview preparation as assigned by your Orion Candidate Recruiter.
  • Your Orion Candidate Recruiter will recommend a hiring conference for you based on your projected timeline and geographic preferences.
4 months prior to your separation date
  • Finalize plans to attend a regional hiring conference as recommended by your Orion Candidate Recruiter.
  • Continue professional readings.
  • Conduct a mock interview with your Orion Candidate Recruiter.
  • Ensure resume is completed in accordance with Orion resume standards. 
  • Send a final draft to your Orion Candidate Recruiter for review.
  • Call your Orion Candidate Recruiter to finalize your transition timeline.
3 months out - separation
  • Attend a hiring conference, mini-conference®, or be submitted to an opportunity via 
  • direct placement.
  • Your Orion Candidate Recruiter will contact you as opportunities arise. Please stay in regular contact with your Recruiter throughout the hiring process.
Transition Date
  • Begin your civilian career! Your Orion Recruiter will be in frequent contact with you as you start your new position and beyond.
  • Join Orion’s Alumni Club to keep in touch with Orion and your fellow Alumni.
  • Subscribe to The Bullseye, Orion’s monthly newsletter for Orion Alumni. The Bullseye provides career and professional development advice, articles on industry trends and current economic information, and updates from fellow alumni.
You can learn more about how to successfully transition into the civilian workforce here.

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