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Veterans Get a Leg Up in the Job Market

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Dan Savage, the head of veterans programs at LinkedIn.com, put together a great blog post that includes all of the steps he thinks veterans should take with regard to LinkedIn.

The blog includes the two new LinkedIn Learning Pathways the site has recently launched, which include over 45 hours of training on how to get a job and how to pursue higher education.

In both of these paths, you’ll find the following three courses, specifically designed for the military and veteran community.

Military Times will soon launch Rebootcamp, a new web/mobile site focused on transition out of the military, as well as education, employment and entrepreneurship. It will be an extremely useful, interactive, and informative resource for service members and veterans, helping them further their knowledge and aiding their transition to civilian life. The site will feature interesting and funny videos, straightforward tips, and most importantly, the voices of those who have been there and done that!

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Now, you have the opportunity to share that experience with others. There is power in the narrative — your narrative. How was that transition process? Others want to hear about your experience transitioning to civilian life.

The reality of military jobs and careers is that they eventually come to an end. You may quickly discover your career success in the military lacks a precise counterpart in the civilian world. Many service members can relate to and recognize that leaving military service and transitioning to civilian life has significant life-changing implications for them and those around them.

It is probably unlike any transition you’ve experienced before, and unlike any you will ever experience again. For some, the transition has been smooth sailing, charting a new course with an exciting career and lifestyle. For others, the rejections are terrible experiences and stressful on both the ego and the family.

Self-reflection to decide on your post-service purpose is a critical first step and a valuable exercise for a successful transition.

Remember that military experience provides training and work experience valued by employers. Self-reflection to decide on your post-service purpose is a critical first step and a valuable exercise for a successful transition. “What career do I want to pursue?”

Rebootcamp wants to hear from you about your transition experiences. Your stories should have a focus on education, employment, entrepreneurship, and/or other transition issues. Please make your submission between 500 and 750 words. Talk about what surprised you about leaving the military, what was easy, what was hard, and what lessons you learned along the way. Send your submission to [email protected]

Leaving military service? Get down to your local Transition Assistance Center and into the hands of a transition counselor. Use social media platforms to broaden your knowledge and enhance your post-service opportunities.

Related: We Can Reach People, Convey the Veteran Experience [2]

You will leave military service career-ready, connected, and resourced with a network of mentors, employers, and education opportunities to successfully transition from military to civilian service.

Dr. Katherine (Kat) Harris is a veteran spouse, expat, and former military contractor with over 20 years of expertise in military/family transition, career counseling, higher education, organizational strategic planning, and international relations. An OpsLens contributor, she has conducted seminars and workshops for many Department of Army commands. This OpsLens article is used by permission.

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