The Definitive Post-Military Job Search Handbook

Everything you need to know to build a career you love

Welcome. Relax, We've Been There –

Tell us if this sounds familiar: You're contemplating leaving the service – or have already left. You're facing the prospect of building a brand-new career from scratch. And this prospect is just slightly terrifying.

If so, you've come to the right place.

That's because we've been there. Shift was built by veterans who've been in that exact same predicament: Where (and how) do we go next?

And we've gone from leading bomb squads, nuclear subs, and Green Berets to do work that we love across the civilian sector - from building products and partnerships to building teams and companies.

Now, we want to help you do the same. Which is why we built this guide to everything we wish we had known when we were in your shoes. So that you can build a career that you love.


-The Shift Team

Step 01Find Your Path
Which post-military career path is right for me?

Step 01
Step 02Understand the Civilian Hiring Game
How civilian job recruitment and hiring actually works

Step 02
Step 03Make Your Resume Rock
Best practices for building your post-military resume

Step 03
Step 04Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into a Recruiter Magnet
Best practices for creating your LinkedIn profile

Step 04
Step 05Get Your Search On
How to execute your post-military job search

Step 05
Step 06Interview Like a Champ
How to answer any post-military job interview question

Step 06
Step 07Evaluate + Negotiate Like an Insider
How to negotiate salary and pick the right post-military job for you

Step 07
Step 08Keep on Building a Career You Love
The best way to start a new job after the military

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