8 Steps to Improve Your Post-Military Career Search and Transition Plan

8 Steps to Improve Your Post-Military Career Search and Transition Plan - USAA Member Community


This is part four in a series on military-to-civilian transition. Check out the first article in this series: 9 Steps to Understanding the Current Business and Hiring Environments

As you interview, network, and learn about various opportunities, make it a point to adjust and improve your GIO list  and continue to add networking contacts. Your career search is not static. A great many professional opportunities can be unlisted and your networking contacts will help you discover opportunities and companies that you did not know existed.


Here are eight steps to improve your post-military career search and transition plan:


  1. Rehearse interviewing and gather resume feedback at networking sessions. The goal here is to highlight strengths that you have that the company needs.

  2. Continue to update, add or delete opportunities on your GIO matrix.
    - Remove unsuccessful GIO combinations
    - Add new opportunities

  3. Continue to update your network on your progress and any successes that you have had.

  4. Make any updates and changes to your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages to reflect your resume and cover letter.

  5. Continue to look for ways to fully translate your military skills to business to demonstrate your full range of potential.
    - Based on feedback from your networking sessions, look to translate your military experience and skill sets into areas that the company needs.

  6. Continue to read, network and explore ways to create more options for your transition.

  7. Follow up on applications and stay in contact with network for new opportunities.

  8. Accept the job offer that meets your needs and begin your career!


A military to a civilian career transition is a challenging task.  Using and following a detailed career transition checklist is the best way to ensure that you find all the opportunities to make your second career as successful as your first career in the military. Success in military to civilian career transition is more than finding a job. Success is finding a career at an organization that you respect, fills you with a sense of purpose and mission to continue on the attributes of military service.

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Related stories:
Part One: 9 Steps to Understanding the Current Business and Hiring Environments
Part Two: How to Plan and Target Your Career Search, Networking and Transition Plan
Part Three: 9 Ways to Execute Your Post-Military Career Search and Transition

Related resource:

Leaving the Military - USAA

About the blogger:
Chad Storlie is the author of two books: Combat Leader to Corporate Leader and Battlefield to Business Success. Both books teach how to translate and apply military skills to business. An adjunct Lecturer of Marketing at Creighton University and Bellevue University in Omaha, NE. Chad is a retired US Army Special Forces officer with 20+ years of Active and Reserve service in infantry, Special Forces, and joint headquarters units. He served in Iraq, Bosnia, Korea, and throughout the United States. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Special Forces Tab, and the Ranger Tab. In addition to teaching, he is a mid-level marketing executive and has worked in marketing and sales roles for various companies, including General Electric, Comcast, and Manugistics. He has been published in The Harvard Business Review blog, Business Week Online, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and over 40 other publications. He has a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Georgetown University.




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