Updated: Sep 7, 2022
1. Job Searching Early:
Some employers allow you to apply up to 180 days before the end of your contract. Make sure to take advantage of this window as it can take a while for them to call back! Another option is to pass your resume to recruiters that specialize in veteran job placement.
2. Ask Veterans for Help:
The transition process is complex and most service members don’t know where to start. Don’t be afraid to ask for help since the veterans that do have a successful transition rarely come back and show others how to do so. LinkedIn is a great tool for networking and offers LinkedIn Premium for a year for free! Here is an example of a veteran using his network effectively during the transition process: https://tinyurl.com/y78zczch
3. Know Your Benefits
Utilize the VA for everything that you can. It is a great service and there are individuals, called VSOs, there that can help you navigate benefits. The most important part is that the help is free! The link to VSOs is here: https://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/index.asp
4. Financial Preparations
For medical retirees, it can take an additional month before you receive your first payment, and other active duty members may be forced to prep at the last minute. Try to have a plan in place for what to do if you cannot find a job immediately after you get out. Avoid using debt to get you by, as this can be very expensive and hard to catch up afterwards.
5. Use Additional Resources
Many fee-only advisors can help look at your financial situation, regardless of finding a new job or not. There are also non-profits that can help provide additional resources or mentorship (Links to some helpful organizations mentioned below).
American Corporate Partners: https://www.acp-usa.org/
Veteran Mentor Network: https://www.veteranmentornetwork.org/
Veterans on Wall Street: https://veteransonwallstreet.com/