1) Learn about civilian occupations (research the career field you desire to enter, as well as the company you wish to work for)
2) Create and customize resumes (create a master resume of each type; chronological, functional and combination. The most common resume in the civilian world is the chronological) Stay away from common military acronyms and jargon. Should be no longer than two pages.
3) Acquire interviewing skills (attend workshops and rehearse)
4) Master the techniques of completing print or electronic employment applications (some job applications can be quite extensive)
5) Master the unwritten rules and etiquette related to searching for a job (understand how to go about researching an organization where you want to work. it’s okay to call them and find about more about them)
6) You have to get comfortable bragging about yourself (something I still need to work at)
7) Master the art of networking (create professional profiles on sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook)
8) Understand how to translate your military expertise into civilian terms (do not use military jargon) Such as, Sergeant First Class translates to First Line Supervisor in civilian terms.
9) Learn to write short and effective cover letters for your resume (this is your introduction to the potential employer and convinces them how well your skills, attributes and abilities match their needs)
10) Become familiar with USA Jobs and how to create a resume and submit an employment application on this system. Resumes here can be up to five pages long due to the amount of information that you should be submitting (in depth duty description and accomplishments for each unit of assignment/duty position)
11) Gain a good understanding of the Veteran’s Preference (title 5, USC 2108)