Serving in the military is an incredibly brave and selfless act. At Wood Staffing, we’d like to thank you for all you’ve done for our country. Dedicating years of your life to protecting the U.S. makes you a hero, and we’re pleased to welcome you back safely to civilian life.

Returning to civilian life may not be an easy road, so use these tips to get on the right track to securing the fulfilling career you deserve.

Maximize the Transition GPS Program

As a transitioning service member, you’re required to enroll in the Transition Goals, Plans, Success program — Transition GPS Program — so take it seriously. Rather than coasting through the program to get it over with as quickly as possible, learn all about the benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), because you’ve earned them. Services such as individual transition planning and a number of employment workshops aren’t all mandatory, but they can be hugely beneficial in helping you create career goals and a plan to achieve them.

Use Your Education Benefits

If you’re thinking about heading back to school, take advantage of the tuition assistance benefits available to you. Qualifications vary according to many factors, but you may be able to use programs like the Post-9/11 GI Bill or the Montgomery GI Bill to have the government pick up the tab for your education. Don’t miss this chance to build a brighter future without going into student loan debt.

Inventory Transferrable Skills

When searching for a civilian job, it’s important to remember you already have a solid skill base to work from. You gained a lot of highly transferrable skills during your time in the military, so use these to market yourself to potential employers. From being an excellent leader and thriving under pressure to an outstanding team player, any company would be lucky to have you on their team, so sell yourself.

Focus on Military-Friendly Employers

Serving your country is an amazing thing, and many employers recognize this by actively recruiting veterans. Consider searching for opportunities at these companies, because they truly appreciate your sacrifices and want to help you succeed.

Partner with a Local Staffing Firm

Ready to transition back to civilian life with a new career in Southwestern Michigan or Northern Indiana? At Wood Staffing, we’re so grateful for your service, and we’d like to help you take the next step by connecting you with a rewarding clerical, industrial or professional opportunity.  Contact us today to learn more about our job opportunities in Benton Harbor and beyond!

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