Go For It Career Consulting has announced a comprehensive set of career consulting services designed to assist military members transition into the civilian workforce.

More often than not, service members leaving the military end up under-utilizing their skills when transitioning into civilian careers. While this is in part due to a competitive job market, many service members state that they do not know how to effectively market their skills and end up taking less than optimal jobs after separation because of this.

Go For It Career Consulting works closely with military members to develop transition plans and preparedness to face both expected and unexpected challenges along the way.

Go For It Career Consulting offers the following tips to military members considering or preparing for transition:

TIP #1: Start Early. Planning and preparation are crucial in a successful transition from the military to the civilian workforce. Service members should consider beginning the transition process as early as two years prior to separation.

TIP #2: Research. Knowing and understanding civilian career options in vital in making best fit choices. Career assessments can assist military members in identifying civilian occupations that correlate to the job skill sets that they gained while in the military. Research builds knowledge and knowledge lends choices that can lead to more satisfying and successful outcomes.

TIP #3: Improve career search skills: Remaining up to date on the most recent trends in resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search strategies and salary negotiation is imperative for anyone navigating today’s job market, especially those who have been out of the civilian sector for a while. Just as important is learning to speak the language in the civilian sector. Learn how to translate military jargon into universal skills and abilities that civilian employers will not only understand, but appreciate. A career consultant can assist you in all of these areas.

 TIP #4: Network, Network, Network. The old time adage, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know still holds a lot of weight in today’s competitive market. Whether it’s talking to veterans who have already made the transition or attending job fairs and meeting potential future employers, the more relationships established and fostered now, the more plentiful the opportunities may be down the road.

Although the transition to civilian life can be challenging, many resources exist and military members should be encouraged to take full advantage of them.