Best Practices For Military Transition – An Interview With Hirepurpose

Best Practices - Interview with HirePurpose

The mission statement of Hirepurpose (, a New York City based military career transition leader, reads like an example for others to follow, “We believe in the American military community, and we’re committed to helping transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses find careers they love.” I spent a few hours interviewing Will Leineweber, one of Hirepurpose’s Vice President’s. Will has military experience as a USAF officer and National Guard UH-60 pilot with deployments to Iraq and Kosovo. He has been active in the military to civilian transition space since 2007 with recruiting roles at the agency and corporate levels.

Will and I discussed some great, practical, and enduring best practices for military veterans from all Services, Ranks, and Career Fields to have an effective military to civilian career transition. Here are some of Will’s best tips to all military service members and military veterans to start the next great chapter in their lives.

  1. Your Resume is the Best Way to Immediately Represent Yourself. There is no one solution for a resume format. Your resume should be a maximum of 2 pages and the keywords in the job description should be clearly reflected and listed in your resume achievements. For technical positions, be sure to use the latest software technology, positions, and spell out your qualifications clearly. Remember, for online job applications, your resume may never be seen by a person in the first review, so the use of keywords from the job description is important.
  2. Resume Achievements Need to be Simple, Clear, and Quantified. Ensure that all but the most common military terms are either spelled out or eliminated. Your resume needs to list achievements that you accomplished and uses as many metrics as possible that paint a clear picture of what you achieved. A big mistake in resumes is listing responsibilities vs. achievements. Employers want to see what you did with a demonstrated history of success.
  3. Seek Out Companies You Respect & Engage Their Military Recruiting Teams. Find companies that you respect through web searches, job posting, news stories, or military friendly employer listings. Before applying, reach out to their military recruiting teams to find out more about the company, what their specific hiring requirements are for the next three to six months, and if they can offer a review or your resume with any suggestions for improvement.
  4. How to Use Job Fairs to Your Maximum Benefit. Job fairs can be massive, crowded events with over a hundred different organizations. In order to be successful, make a reconnaissance of the companies that are present, and create a step-by-step plan to visit each one of your top choices. Know in advance what the company does, what positions are available, and have a resume and a cover letter for each of them. Ensure that you are in comfortable professional dress, have a conservative haircut, and a well-practiced elevator pitch on your experience, professional goals, and qualifications. Finally, be respectful of the recruiters’ time and get their card (s) so you can follow up the next day.
  5. Find a Career, then Find a House. A very common problem for military members is that they buy a house, leave the service, and then look for a career where they live. Instead, start your career search with no geographic constraints, find a career, and then purchase a house. When you limit yourself to a specific geography before finding a career, you significantly reduce your career options.

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