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How to Successfully Transition from Military to Civilian Life

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November 18th, 2019

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January 9, 2020 - 9:57am
We’ve written frequently about change and career transition on the AJO Blog, so when Veteran Car Donations recommended the following infographic, we thought it important to share it with our audience, along with some recommended resources for veterans and employers. 
"The good news is that job options are plentiful. They range from work in a large, military-friendly company such as FedEx, which employs 425,000 workers, to opportunities with a small company employing fewer than a hundress workers. You can consider starting a business as a sinlge proprietor or purchasing a franchise. In addition, jobs are available in local, state or federal governments." - John Henry Weiss
Military Career to Civilian Life
Whether you are an HR professional, an agency recruiter, a hiring manager, or a veteran transitioning to civilian life, take a moment to review this infographic.
Next time you meet a military professional, ask how you can support his or her return to civilian life.
Veterans are also invited to read our selection of posts on career transition.
This infographic was created by Veteran Car Donations

Recommended Reading & References

  • G.I. Jobs is a great source of military recruitment information, including articles, tips and online tools to help military transitioners explore different career and post-secondary education options. You'll find specific, how-to advice on everything from choosing a college to writing a resume and interviewing. A great place to find transition-related content is the site's military transition resource center.
  • Military.com is a division of Monster Worldwide and the largest online military and veteran membership organization connecting servicemembers, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service — employment, government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, great stories of military life or missions, and much more.
  • Operation Job Search: A Guide for Military Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Careers John Henry Weiss. Operation Job Search is the ultimate guide for US military veterans seeking employment after discharge. It provides information about the civilian workforce, rubrics for navigating one’s career, and a list of essential resources to consult during the job search. Also included are sections dedicated specifically to suggestions and resources available to female veterans.
  • The 5 Best Job Search Tips for Veterans. Glassdoor's five tips will help you become the best candidate you can be.
  • Veterans Day 2019: From the Armed Forces to the Labor Force - In this post, Indeed.com analyzes their data to reveal which jobs and locations veterans prefer in their search for work outside the military.
  • Veterans entering the civilian jobs market can face hurdles -  This post includes Monster's fifth annual Best Companies for Veterans list, primarily in the IT, government, security, IT and consulting industries, as well as Monster’s “Military Skills Translator,” which is designed to translate the skills acquired in an M.O.S. (military occupational specialty) into civilian equivalents.
  • Veteran Opportunity Report - Understanding an untapped talent pool. LinkedIn's Veteran Opportunity Report explores the current state of veteran employment and how challenging it can be for veterans to face the realities of not doing work that makes full use of their skills and abilities. There's a summary for veterans and one for employers.  
  • Changing Lanes is a free training program that offers new skills for a career in the collision repair industry offered by Caliber. New classes start every seven weeks with job placement opportunities offered at a Caliber location upon successful completion.

Veteran Car Donations is a national organization that partners with veteran non-profits, collecting vehicle donations on their behalf, to provide assistance to veterans and their families. Through their partnerships, they have helped veterans acquire both technical and life skills to help them thrive while transitioning to civilian life.
They created this infographic to help both veterans and employers understand the transition from military life to civilian life. It is important for HR professionals who could potentially hire veterans to acknowledge their transferrable military skill set and understand their transition a little better.