When transitioning out of the military there are many changes that a Ranger will undergo and The Darby Project is here to help with resilience, reintegration and redirection into civilian life.
Contact The Darby Project at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are transitioning, in the middle of a transition, or in need of assistance.
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In order to make a successful reintegration into a civilian career here are three steps to use as a reference if you are seeking employment:
First, start utilizing social media to build a robust and compelling promotional platform for the job and career path of your choice. You must highlight your strengths. When told thank you for your service simply reply with something along the lines of, “You’re welcome.” Do not insult the civilian by saying, “Don’t thank me.” The struggle with talking about yourself and your successes, often saying “We” versus “I” needs to be changed. Hiring managers aren’t looking to hire a squad or platoon; they want to hear about your successes and accomplishments in first person. Develop an “Elevator Speech” which is a short narrative that clearly and concisely articulates your background, skills and talents. Having a focus and personal brand strategy enables you to identify the opportunities to pursue, align your passion with your work, and specify the roles and companies for whom you want to work.
Second, military service trains for adaptability and resourcefulness. If asked by an employer do not say, “I can do anything. What do you need?” This is not the answer civilians are searching for when competing for meaningful jobs. Civilians are trained to be concise, direct and intentional in their career strategies. Hiring managers are accustomed to this. When a veteran is too vague in describing their goals, it makes it hard for hiring managers to see where they can add value to the company.
Third, a hiring manager is used to civilian language, certifications and accomplishments. Your military accomplishments and MOS don’t often translate to this but in order to get a civilian job you must emphasize your “transferable skills”. On the surface, it might look like an easy fix to demilitarize your resume to resemble civilian language and descriptions but it is not easy. If you need help with your resume contact The Darby Project team.