During your transition from the military, you need to take stock of what skills you have and what skills you need for the civilian career you are targeting. It may make sense for you to pursue a certificate or earn civilian credentials in your field. Research shows that well selected education and training provide the best returns on investment, and having the right credentials can give you a competitive edge for landing the job you’re after. But how do you know what civilian credentials you should acquire?
You can use the following websites to identify civilian credentialing requirements:
2. America’s Career Information Network
Another method of researching skill requirements is by using Linkedin. With your free Linkedin account (which I highly recommend you set up if you haven’t already) you can search for people who have the same type of job you’re hoping to land. Study their profiles to see what education, certification, training, and skills they possess. This will give you a good indication of what is required for that position.
Be sure you clearly understand and take advantage of the excellent educational benefits you earned through your military service. Use your G.I. Bill and Tuition Assistance benefits to get the education and training that will help you land a great job.
This article was written in part from an excerpt of “The Military to Civilian Transition Guide.”