Darby Project Mission: To facilitate a successful transition for Army Ranger veterans from active military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose. RLTW!
First welcome to the Army Ranger Alumni – also called being a veteran. It doesn’t matter if you served one enlistment or forty years every Ranger becomes a civilian one day. The Darby Project is a networking operation that can make your transition easier if utilized. We are able to connect you to Ranger veterans that are living a civilian life in an area that you desire to live or are successful in a career field that you desire to make your new mission. When connected to a “Guide” or “Future Guide” it will be a Ranger buddy with as many similarities as possible and each will hold the other accountable to do the hard right over the easy wrong.
Some things to consider when making the transition into civilian life. To be attractive to potential employers you must have a basic online reputation and a personal brand. Without the power of social networking tools, you are invisible on platforms where recruiters and hiring managers search for job candidates.
In order to make a successful transition here are three steps to use as a reference:
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 ask.
Lastly, transitioning into civilian life is a transformation, but when exposed to the power of personal branding, you will take control of your career and perform with more focus and satisfaction, thus making yourself more attractive to University’s, employers and potential clients for your own business.