The Definitive Post-Military Job Search Handbook

Everything you need to know to build a career you love

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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 01Telling your Story & Finding Your PathHow do I translate my experiences and find the right path moving forward?
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Step 02Build New Skills & Understand the Civilian Hiring GameTake advantage of skill building resources and understand how civilian hiring practices work
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Step 03Make Your Resume RockBest practices for building your post-military resume
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Step 04Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into a Recruiter MagnetBest practices for creating your LinkedIn profile
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Step 05Get Your Search OnHow to execute your post-military job search
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Step 06Interview Like a ChampHow to answer any post-military job interview question
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Step 07Evaluate + Negotiate Like an InsiderHow to negotiate salary and pick the right post-military job for you
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Step 08Keep on Building a Career You LoveThe best way to start a new job after the military
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