Operation: Transition to Civilian is a forum where transitioning military personnel can get information on resources and events, and share experiences.
Operation: Transition to Civilian is the page to visit to learn about the various resources available to assist and ensure a successful transition. Individuals can find information on any transition topic, whether seeking to immediately enter the civilian workforce, enter a trade school, or pursue a college or professional degree.
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Let me hear from all of you out there who will be separating from the military in the next 6 months.
Did you know that you can have a Veterans Service Organization review your medical claim and offer assistance prior to submitting?
If you are in the Augusta, Georgia area: On the spot interviews will be conducted for temporary staff on Wednesday, October 21st at: Augusta Georgia’s Department Of Labor (DOL) office 601 Greene Street Augusta, GA 30901 From- 1:00pm to 3:00pm If you or someone you know is in need of temporary employment (90-days) please come out for these interviews. As previously stated it is imperative that candidates be able to successfully complete a Criminal History Background. Come dressed for the interview...first impressions are lasting.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Augusta Youth Development Campus in Augusta, GA is looking to hire 10 temporary staff members. Candidates must possess a clean criminal history background check. Pay rate is $8.50 per hour. Work hours are Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (no holidays, weekends, or overtime). Job duties and requirements: Constant heavy lifting is required. Candidates are required to submit to a security search upon entering facility each time. No cell phones, weapons, alcohol, cigarettes, or other types of contraband are allowed on the Campus. Only bring what is needed for the day. Candidates will not have an contact There will with the youth housed at the facility. For more information or to apply, contact Tasha Williams Callands at 706-792-7506 between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm, Monday - Thursday. http://junius-hr.com/services-2/professional-development/placement-services
The Army Major's promotion list will be released soon. Good luck to all who were in the zone of consideration. Transitioning to the Field Grade arena is a tremendous accomplishment. However, in light of the Army's changing personnel staffing policies and directives, the selection rate will not be very high. Therefore, many will not be selected. Although, heartbreaking, being a non-select isn't the end of the world... end of your life... end of your relavance. If this your 1st look for Major, there is always next year. If it is your 2nd look, you should have already begun preparing for the transition out. But if you haven't begun this transition, its not too late. Here are the 3 things you need to do now to begin preparation for transition to civilian life. 1. Contact you installation Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program Center and schedule an initial consultation. As a result of the VOW Act of 2012, Soldiers are allowed 24 months to use the SFL-TAP services and resources. Don't think you are tied to that 24 months. If your timeline extends, the SFL-TAP folks understand and are flexible. 2. Assess your skills and determine your education and training requirements for the field or industry you plan to enter upon departing the Army. Look into certifications and licensures. There are many programs for Veterans that offer low cost training. 3. Network, Network, Network. I cannot express this enough. Social media sites like LinkedIn are great. But, you have to be active when using it. Also, LinkedIn offers 1 year of free premium service. Other Network opportunities are social organizations, industry associations, churches, and volunteering. It is not a detrimental event when one is pasted over for a promotion. The detrimental event occurs when one does not prepare himself/herself for a successful transition to the civilian sector.
"A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you're in and take advantage of it." - Nikki Giovanni
6 Must Do’s to Ensure Your Transition from Military to Civilian is Successful (Continued) 4. BEING “HOOAAH!” IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS BEING HEALTHTY. Go on sick-call! You’re not a wimp if you do. Get those aches and ailments documented. When adjudicating your claim with the VA you will have to show them how those aches and ailments are service connected… telling them isn’t enough. At least 6 months before your last day on Active Duty, be sure to make two copies of your medical and dental records. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your records reviewed by the VA, DAV, AMVETS or American Legion to provide guidance on filing your claim with the VA. Attend the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) briefings (see local installation SFL-TAP office for schedule).
6 Must Do’s to Ensure Your Transition from Military to Civilian is Successful (Continued) 3. GET A DEGREE, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE. Visit the Education Center and sign up for classes and skills inventory. You want to put the odds in your favor when you begin applying for those dream jobs posted in periodicals and on career sites. To do this, you must have a competitive edge over the other candidates applying for the same position. Having a degree, certification,and/or licensure in the field you seek employment increases that competitive edge greatly. You can also increase your odds by applying for positions of which you are 95% or better fit. Some much sought after certifications are SPHR, PHR, PMP, PgMP, and CAPM. There are plenty of other certifications in other industries. Share if you know of any others.
I've been overcome by life events over the past 2 weeks. But I'll be posting more in the next couple of days. In the meantime, please do not be bashful with your questions, comments and experiences with transition preparations. Also, let me know if there is any interest in be a site facilitator.
6 Must Do’s to Ensure Your Transition from Military to Civilian is Successful (continued) 2. IDENTIFY AND CLOSE GAPS. Identifying and closing the gaps that exist between being a Service Member and becoming a Civilian is key to a successful transition and employment search. The two most critical tasks are evaluating skills sets and networking. Skill Sets. Are the skill sets that you’ve developed in the military transferable, translatable, adequate or relatable to the civilian sector? If they aren’t, then research the industry you plan to enter and determine the requirements. There are numerous websites that can assist with this research. Among them are: Department of Labor (www.dol.gov) Indeed (www.indeed.com) VA For Vets (www.vaforvets.gov) Hero2Hired (www.h2h.jobs) Professional Network. What does your professional network consist of? Is it comprised of people who can actually put you in front of a hiring manager? If you do not have anyone like that in your network, then you need to. Suggestions would be to join civilian organizations like professional/trade associations, volunteer, or attend networking events. One organization that sponsors nation-wide networking events is Network After Work (www.networkafterwork.com). Identifying and evaluating your transition gaps will give you an 6idea of how employable you are, as well as, whether or not it’s a good time for you to leave the military (if it’s your choice). Visit your installation transition services office for more information or inbox me. Next week: 3. GET A CERTIFICATION, DEGREE, AND/OR LICENSURE