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Translate Your Career from Military to Civilian with Lessons Learned for Vets


Many servicemembers who leave active service go on to have careers in the civilian sector. The skills you gain in service to the country are often in high demand, but do you know how to talk about them to an employer? For you to transition from a military career to a civilian one, you should know how to identify the skills and experience that will transfer to a non-military setting. To better market yourself to a civilian employer, you will need to take steps such as rewriting your resume to highlight your transferable skills, creating or updating your LinkedIn profile, and practicing your interview skills.

Sarah Bumgardner, AAFMAA Director of Partnerships and Member Engagement, recently spoke with Lori Norris from the Lessons Learned for Vets Podcast about making a smooth transition from a military background to a civilian career. Norris has assisted thousands of military servicemembers in their successful transition out of all branches of the military. A Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and certified Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC), Norris founded her company, Get Results Career Services, in 2004 to help job seekers with their job search. In 2005, she began volunteering at Luke Air Force Base, where she facilitated portions of the Transition Assistance Program. In 2017, Norris launched the Veteran Transition Network.

To learn more about making a successful military transition, watch the discussion below. To listen to the Lessons Learned podcast and access its archive of hundreds of shows, visit nextforvets.com/podcast.