Military Transition

Whether you’re retiring from the military or just “getting out,” transitioning to the federal government or the private sector can be difficult. We can translate your military service into language that the private sector and civilian HR people in federal government can grasp in order to be given full credit for your experience.  Most of those in federal HR—even in the Department of Defense (DOD) or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)—do not understand the difference between a corporal and a colonel, a brigade or a battalion. With recent reports showing that just one half of one percent served in uniform at any one time in the past 10 years, and only a third of those ages 19 to 29, have a family member who served in the military, translating your military work experience to civilian terms is important.

Federal Government Employment

If you would like to pursue federal employment, you must understand the process. While you may have attended TAP (Transition Assistance Program) class, getting a federal position requires much more. Here is how we can help:

  • We understand the various kinds of veterans’ preference and other hiring eligibilities you may have AND can help you craft your USAJOBS profile so that you take advantage of all of your eligibilities.
  • We translate your military experience into language civilian HR people understand.
  • We help you be strategic about the positions for which you apply—and how you apply—to maximize your opportunities for success.
  • We can help your resume standout. Most federal postings receive 500 or more applications; many of those are from veterans just like you. It is important that your resume stand out from the rest; it’s not enough to be rated best qualified; your resume has to be strong enough so that you get interviewed.
  • As a Certified Employment Interview Consultant (CEIC), Nancy Segal will personally coach you to communicate your achievements clearly, concisely, and in OPM’s preferred CCAR framework. Interview coaching is on an hourly basis and is typically contracted for following the delivery of your resume project.
  • We can refer you to resources to help too!

Private Sector Employment

Nominated for a Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) award for best military transition resume, we understand how to position you for success. Here is how we can help:

  • Write a resume that conveys your military experience in a way that will be of value in the private sector.
  • Create your LinkedIn Presence. Do you have a LinkedIn account? Does it have an appropriate picture? Is it key word rich? We can help ensure your online presence is professional and on target.
  • Develop a strong cover letter. While cover letters are not needed for all applications, you should definitely have a good one ready when needed.
  • Provide you with both formatted and plain text versions of your resume. You’ll definitely need a formatted, visually attractive resume for networking! However, you will also likely need a plain text version too for submitting applications online through various Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).
  • Prepare you to interview effectively.

Contact us to discuss your needs and to receive your customized quote for service.