Advice for Military Transitioning to the Civilian World

Advice for Military Transitioning to the Civilian World

As Critical Facilities Recruiting Specialists, we have seen a steady trend of military professionals transitioning into the data center facilities market and making immediate and long-term impacts. The folks we have worked with out of the military include specialists such as Navy Nuclear Electricians, Navy Nuclear Machinist Mates, Air Force Power Production, and Army Power Generation Backgrounds. These individuals not only have a solid technical foundation to transition into the data center space, but they have gained countless intangible skills that will make them a valuable asset to any organization. Pkaza is not the only company that recognizes all that military professionals bring to the table, which is why they typically have their pick of several job prospects once they make the leap into civilian life.

Aside from Military professionals leveraging the Transitional Assistance Program (TAP), there are additional key factors for these individuals to consider to make the job search as efficient and focused as possible.

When posting a resume or updating your LinkedIn profile, be as detailed as possible about the nature of your search.

1. Include what industries you are interested in
This will cut out many of the inquiries that are not in your desired field(s). You don’t want relevant inquiries to fall through the cracks if your email is being watered down by positions you have zero interest in.

2. Include your official transition date
This helps everyone be on the same page from a timing standpoint. We see military professionals activate their resume or social media 6+ months in advance. There is nothing wrong with being proactive but it is critical to include the month/year of when you will be available. You don’t want to have to field calls and emails about immediate openings when you know you are several months away from being able to entertain them.

3. Include the location(s) that you are interested in
This goes to the same logic as including the relevant industries of interest. On LinkedIn especially, candidates will include where they are stationed but nothing about where they are looking for work. If you are only interested in a handful of locations but they are not listed, you will get countless emails and calls for any and all locations. Perhaps you don’t specify because you are open to any location. It is still important to highlight that you are willing to work anywhere. Some recruiters/employers might have the mindset that they don’t want to waste their time by reaching out to you if there are no indications that you have any interest in the locations where they have openings.

Thank you for your service,
The Pkaza Team