Dr. Matthew Fleming Stephenson is known as the person who may have said, “There’s gold in them thar hills!” encouraging miners to seek gold in Georgia rather than head to California during the Gold Rush back in 1800s.
You’ve struck gold in a way, and might not even know it, yet.
When it comes to managing your career while in uniform, you have plenty of golden resources and people in support of all the human resources component stuff. For example, all those personnel management activities such as; personnel records, training throughout your military career, performance evaluations, and pay and promotions can be easily identified to anyone in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. You cannot escape this massive administrative arm of the military, but you need to capture the “hidden benefits” found within this important part of the military career management system.
Why? Because one day you’ll make that military-to-civilian career transition. All these career information programs, systems, and processes can help you once you become a veteran in ways you may have never thought of.
In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to turn “GOLD” into a “GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY”. Before you run out and travel to Alaska, Canada, or Guyana to start a mining operation, keep in mind the “GOLD” consists of pages found in your official military personnel files. I’m talking about the military schools you went to along with the evaluations you received. In addition, it is possibly a performance evaluation that demonstrates the value you bring. It could be an award you received and the details written about what your accomplishments.
Take a moment to think about the vast amount of personnel management resources you have at your disposal. Everything you do while in the military is documented. Every class you take results in a recap of your academic performance. Every training class results in an evaluation. Your performance – physical or work-related – gets systematic and periodic “ink-to-paper” with detailed analysis and review of your actions and how well you carried out your job.
This my friends, is GOLD!
Consider your personnel file as a treasure map with all your skills and experiences. Here are three ways to uncover “precious metal” to help you land your next position:
OK, now that you know a little bit about how your personnel management experience might come into play as a Veteran, now it’s time to get busy collecting and reviewing all the various documents that tell your personal personnel story.
Go for the GOLD!
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