It’s Time to Tackle Your Transition To-Do List

It’s Time to Tackle Your Transition To-Do List
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The holiday season is in full swing … but can you say the same thing about your career transition?


After you’ve checked off the last few items on your shopping list, it’s time to work on your transition toolkit. Here’s what you’ll need:


A Robust Network. Continue building this at every opportunity: Not just networking events and career fairs, but when you’re at your child’s school, church, the golf course, or even the playground.


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A 30-Second Commercial. Anytime you’re asked “So what’s next?” or “What  are your plans?” be ready to respond with a great deal of enthusiasm and energy. A succinct elevator pitch captures your who, what, and how in 30 to 60 seconds. Get more advice from MOAA at this link.


A Stellar Résumé. Be sure to work on crafting an award-winning, targeted résumé highlighting the specific, key skills with accomplishments your target employers are looking for.


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An Up-to-Date LinkedIn Profile. We live in a social media world, so your online presence is crucial to your transition and your networking efforts.


Sharpened Interview Skills. This is important for what can be an anxiety-filled ordeal, especially for military members who haven’t sat for a civilian job interview in decades, if then. Remember: You got to the interview, which means you’ve been judged as at least minimally qualified. Now, it’s time to highlight how and why you are the best candidate for the job.


Salary and Negotiation Know-How. Do your salary research and review common negotiation tactics – the skills are similar to what you’ve learned about buying a home or a car. Employers expect you to counter their job offer, so be prepared with appropriate research data.


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About the Author

Capt. Pat L. Williams, USN (Ret), PhD, PHR®
Capt. Pat L. Williams, USN (Ret), PhD, PHR®

Williams serves as MOAA's Program Director, Engagement and Transition Services. She served 35 years in the Navy in multiple high visibility leadership positions. She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources.