Chris

I recently separated from the military as a supervisory aircraft mechanic with no prior security experience. Seeking a career change, I completed my Bachelors degree in Security Management with an undergraduate certificate in Homeland Security. I now work as a Loss Prevention Associate for a major retail store; however, I feel like I'm not utilizing my full potential. What advice would you give yourself if you were in my shoes?

Asked by Chris 6 months ago military transition Bachelors┬ádegree entry┬álevel


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Your status as a veteran should make you attractive to employers that regularly hire vets.  Do some research to identify which local employers tout their veteran hiring initiatives and also attend any local job fairs that target former military.   It is critically important for you to focus on roles outside of retail loss prevention and ideally in the corporate security arena.  You will find the corporate security and investigative jobs have multiple dimensions and they should be more aligned with your educational credentials and your long-term career aspirations.

Revamp your resume using a skills or functional approach to highlight your transferable skills and experience while downplaying your recent work experience in loss
prevention.  If you have trouble communicating your skills in this alternative format seek out a resume writer/editor who can help with your messaging.  Check with military support groups in your community because you may find volunteers who will help with your resume re-do and who may also offer coaching and job search assistance.  You
may be pleasantly surprised to find there are free resources dedicated to helping those who have served!

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I recently separated from the military as a supervisory aircraft mechanic with no prior security experience. Seeking a career change, I completed my Bachelors degree in Security Management with an undergraduate certificate in Homeland Security. I now work as a Loss Prevention Associate for a major retail store; however, I feel like I'm not utilizing my full potential. What advice would you give yourself if you were in my shoes?

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