A Leap Of Faith
So a friend of mine recently reviewed my website and had this advice for me: make it more personal. I want this website to be useful to YOU, so I am providing useful information based upon my experiences. But perhaps it would be better if I told my story first, in a way that can benefit you, the veteran who is making a transition to civilian life yourself. So here it is…
My Military Civilian Transition Story, Part One
The same month I made the decision to voluntarily separate from the U.S. Air Force, the stock market collapsed and we had all those “bailouts”. Far be it for me to get into a discussion about that fiasco, but my concern was that I had a 2 year old daughter at home and I was staring another possible deployment to Afghanistan in the face, so it was time for me to leave military life for my family.
I did not actually separate until the following summer, so although the economy was still bad, things had calmed down to some extent by that time. I knew what field I wanted to be in (financial planning), so that was what I applied for, but I used some of the military to civilian job hunting companies that are out there too, specifically Lucas Group and Orion International.
Allow me to digress and enter into a discussion about companies like Lucas Group and Orion that recruit from the military for corporate America.
Even before I left the military, I was talking to a guy named Dan at Lucas Group. He was a great guy and a true professional. We later became good friends and I still talk to him today. I have nothing but good things to say about Dan and Lucas Group, and I would be happy to speak with anyone who is thinking about working with Lucas Group or another company–just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can have a private conversation if you would like.
The one thing I will say about working with Lucas Group or similar military recruiting companies is that you have to be flexible. The more open you are to moving to different areas of the country, interviewing for different jobs in different fields, the better off you will be. Lucas Group does not charge you for their services, but companies only pay Lucas Group when they sponsor you and then you get hired. It`s a business and you have to be willing to consider anything Lucas Group throws your way, even if it is not necessarily your dream job.
I found that the best way to use Lucas Group is to accept any interview they are able to find for you and then worry about the particulars of the job itself IF you get the job offer. It does not hurt to do as many job interviews as possible, if only for practice and improvement purposes.
If you want to read more about Lucas Group, clink on this link to go to their website.
(Full disclosure: I am not affiliated with Lucas Group in any way, I only provide the link for convenience purposes.)
The Story Continues…Tomorrow
So, in the end, working with Dan at Lucas Group allowed me to achieve the job offer that I ended up accepting. More on that tomorrow…stay tuned for Part Two of my story.