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November 15, 2019 - 1:31 pm

Dear transitioning military member,

Like you, I have been in that moment where you don’t know what your next step is. Transitioning out of the military is hard only if you don’t follow these basic tips:

1. Start planning your transition with at least a year before your Date of Separation (DOS).
2. Decide exactly what you want to do out of the military.
3. Start building your Resume and LinkedIn account. These two things are key to a good transition.
4. Utilize all the available resources.
5. Network with as many people as possible. The power of Networking, in combination with a good Resume and LinkedIn account, is what’s going to get you that dream job.
6. Don’t be afraid of failure and/or rejection. Just like every company isn’t perfect for you, you aren’t perfect for every company. You will get rejection emails and/or phone calls.
7. Get as many education and self-improvement opportunities accomplished before your transition.

To give you an example of all of this put into play, I will share a quick summary of my transitioning story. I was in the Air Force for six years when I decided to transition. I had one year left. The military was all I had done with my life but I took advantage of opportunities throughout my career. I had completed my Associate’s Degree in Logistics and my Bachelor’s in Accounting. I had taken advantage of training opportunities and gained my HAZWOPER and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification. Now it was the time for me to start planning my transition. The first thing I did was build my Resume and LinkedIn account. Second, and the most important part of my transition, I started Networking. I met many veterans during my transition and also became part of many virtual communities assisting military members with transitioning. One of those communities was VETS2INDUSTRY. VETS2INDUSTRY and the people behind it were key players in my successful transition. From offering assistance, to sharing stories, to checking up on their members, this community is strong and it’s there to help you. Utilize it. Long story short, I found a job that’s exactly what I was looking for and wouldn’t have been able without the assistance of resources like VETS2INDUSTRY.

Happy transition everyone,

SSgt Christian Reyes
U.S. Air Force

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