From Military to Corporate Workplace - Raytheon Rayvets Share Their Advice
Veterans get a lot of advice about the "military to civilian" transition. Virtually all of it is well-meaning -- and some of it is actually useful. However, it is a rare opportunity when Veterans who have landed-well in the corporate world can share their personal and candid stories and advice with those in the throes of the transition process.
Still Serving Veterans and Raytheon's Huntsville-based Rayvets joined forces to do just that on Friday, 17 November 2017 in a special workshop entitled "Navigating the Real Military to Civilian Transition: A Coaching and Networking Event."
A diverse panel of Rayvets was asked to share their advice on the job search and on successfully navigating the new civilian terrain. Here are the highlights of that dialogue:
Practical Advice About the Job Search
- One resume does not fit all (tailor your resume)
- Networking is critically important to finding the right job; begin early
- Don't jump on the first offer
- "Let it go!" - goals, desires, paths change!
- Scope of job; can it change? "Yep!"
- Be clear about what you are really looking for in your job search
Acclimating to Corporate Life
- The sense of urgency often characteristic of the military is often not the norm; "slow your roll"
- Learn to slow down and readjust
- Civilian companies work on a different timeline (sometimes years); "take victories along the way"
- Understand your environment
- Educate yourself; adopt civilian standards
- Be patient and learn your new role
- Recognize that there is a need to be tactful and "PC" (politically correct)
- Being "in charge" right away may not be desirable; learn the business and the culture
- You may "move up and down" within the company
- Get out of your comfort zone
- Be willing to diversify your skillsets
- Map out your career path and know the company's expectations
- Mission is important, but so too is business
- Customer is "right"; adapt to the customer; it is not up to them to adapt to you
- Your uphill success could be based on the dollars you manage and not people
Transition as Process
Still Serving Veterans helps clients making the military-to-civilian transition to understand that transition is a process. It can also be an emotional rollercoaster and requires the selective letting go of the past, an exploration of options, and the adjustment to a new place and space. This process is shown graphically here.
Stlil Serving Veterans also wants to thank Redstone Federal Credit Union for their gracious support of this workshop!