The Military to Civilian Transition

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently released a report: The Military to Civilian Transition 2018, A Review of Historical, Current, and Future Trends.

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Use civilian terms. Have others review your resume. Use clear, non-jargon language. Visit our resume/cover letter page for more in depth pointers!

Résumé tips!

Watch video clips on how to craft a stellar résumé, what not to do in an interview, and the benefits of working for the government.

Cover Letter

Your cover letter serves as your first writing sample and an opportunity to communicate your enthusiasm and professional strengths to a prospective employer. A successful cover letter will capture the attention of the reader in a professional manner, direct the reader to the strongest points of your resume, and persuade the reader to invite you for an interview.

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The Interview

Watch this video to see what not to do in an interview and visit our interviewing page where we provide some tips to assist you in framing your military career for civilian ears and understanding. We also provide some advice on how to avoid common pitfalls that may arise in negotiating cultural differences between the military and the civilian workforce.

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Panelists Discussion

Then watch our panelists discuss ways to improve your interview skills as they analyze what "Melissa" did wrong.


Don't underestimate the importance of networking! You never know when a contact will come in handy. Visit our networking page for more in depth pointers about the benefits of broadening your network!

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Veterans Legal Professional Network

Veterans Legal Professional Network

The Veterans Legal Professional Network (VLPN) is a central hub for discussions pertaining to the civilian legal field. The overall intent is to help military community legal professionals remove barriers of entry into civilian legal careers. Who should join? Military/Former Military/Retired Military and their spouses with experience in the legal profession are encouraged to join this group. Additionally, company representatives or military transitioning office staff are also invited to join if interested in helping to recruit/place legal professionals from the military community into civilian positions.

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Benefits and Compensation

Legal professionals transitioning from military or government service to civilian employment will have to consider what they want and what they need in a compensation package. In the military, the process is easy - you get paid a specific salary depending on your military rank and years of service.

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Benefits of Government Work

Watch this video to hear about the benefits of government work from a military lawyer who made the transition to the civilian public sector.

Military Lawyer Profiles

Visit our Military Profile page to view interviews with military lawyers.

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