Post commision

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  1. future_navy

    future_navy Member

    Dec 14, 2014
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    For all the vets out there how was the process of finding a job as a service academy grad after finishing your commission? Do you believe it is slightly easier than someone who came out of a civilian university?
  2. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

    Jul 13, 2011
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    Depends on what you want to do when you get out. I had more job offers than I knew what to do with. It all depends on the state of the economy, what you majored in, what you did while on Active Duty and how you sell yourself. The Service Academies have robust alumni networks. If you know where you want to head when you get out, contact the alumni assoc for that area. Send your resume, ask for it to be sent around, ask if they have some recommednations. Most alumni love to help out fellow alums. When I got out I went to DC. The DC area is obviously very large and tons of alumni. We used to have networking nights even with the other SAs, shared resumes, network building, etc. These were always good. The SAs also host 4 career conferences every year called the Service Academy Career Conferences (SACC). They are held in DC, San Diego, Savannah and I think Seattle if I remember right (you can google it). These are huge hiring fares for all the SAs. They usually get 75-100 employers and graduate programs. These are great events. There are also head hunting firms that specialize in hiring military officers. Some of these can be good and bad, some require exclusivity clauses, some are very open and transparent. Most of my friend who have made the transition have done very well in the civilian job market and landed jobs very quickly. You learn about these from your peers and decide if they work for you. Its all about building your network as much as it is with a resume. Getting your foot in the door is one thing, what you do with opportunity is another. The great part of being a civilian... you can always leave if you don't like it!

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