Wednesday, December 16, 2015

6 Steps for Preparing to Work with a Military Recruiting Firm

Beginning a civilian job hunt as you transition out of the military can be an intimidating task. Successfully connecting with a recruiter can be a crucial step on your way to being employed. In order to get the most benefit out of using a military recruiting firm, there are six steps you should accomplish to prepare yourself for the job hunt process.
  1. Update your professional social media. On LinkedIn, include a picture of yourself in a civilian outfit appropriate to the type of position you are seeking. You can also include that you are transitioning in your headline, and make sure any career information and position descriptions are up-to-date. This will help recruiters connect with you and will also signal employers that you are ready for a new career. Finally, you should join transitioning military groups for access to networking and career opportunities. For example, the Orion International Military Network has over 4,000 members and offers great opportunities for networking with other veterans seeking civilian jobs, as well as current listings of careers available through Orion.
  2. Talk to your chain of command.  Let them know that you are planning to transition and enter the work force.  Your chain of command will be much more supportive and willing to grant you the time off required to interview if you engage with them early on in the process.
  3. Choose a firm with which to work within six to eight months of your separation or retirement. This is a personal decision, but many factors may come into play. First consider what types of industries and positions they offer, and, if those are a match for your skill set. Some firms only work with certain ranks or require exclusivity, which can be limiting.
  4. Gather all applicable documents that your recruiter will need to complete your profile. These include college transcripts, if applicable, evaluation reports, professional references, and a resume.
  5. Consider where you want to live and work.  While your hometown may seem ideal, the more geographically flexible you are, the more career opportunities that will be available to you.
  6. Be open-minded.  Come into a conversation with your recruiter with some ideas on where you want to go professionally, but also be open minded to different opportunities that you had not considered.  There are literally hundreds of good companies and any number of industries that may be an outstanding fit for your background and experience that they may not know about.  A good Recruiter can provide a candidate with a much broader number of opportunities to consider.
Following these steps can make that initial contact with a recruiter much easier and may even make for a speedier path to a new career! Click here to find an Orion recruiter near you.

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