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How to Leverage LinkedIn for Success: A Guide for Transitioning Veterans

9th May 2024

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be a challenging journey, but LinkedIn offers a powerful platform to make this transition smoother and more successful. Here’s how you can leverage LinkedIn to your advantage:


1. Personal Branding

Develop a personal brand that reflects your professional identity. Share insights and write articles that demonstrate your expertise and thought leadership.

2. Build a Strong Profile

Your LinkedIn profile is your digital resume. Highlight your military experience and showcase how it translates to civilian jobs. Don’t forget to include a professional photo and a compelling summary.

3. Translate Military Skills

Use the language of your desired industry to describe your skills. If you’re a Transitioning Veteran, never include military-specific skills unless they directly support your future career goals. If you're unsure about which skills to select, you can explore multiple jobs. 

  • Go to the "Jobs" tab and search for the desired position or job title.
  • Explore multiple job postings related to the roles that interest you.
  • If you have LinkedIn Premium, pay attention to the "most common skill sets in those job descriptions and utilize them.


4. Network, Network, Network

Connect with fellow veterans, industry professionals, and recruiters. Engage in groups and discussions to expand your network and uncover opportunities. Expand your professional network and arrange informational interviews. Initiate conversations with hiring managers, recruiters, or fellow veterans at companies that you are interested in by sending InMail messages.

  • Find other veterans
  • Get career advice from mentors
  • Join relevant professional groups & pages

5. Seek Endorsements and Recommendations

Endorsements for your skills and recommendations from peers can greatly enhance your credibility.

6. Stay Updated and Engaged

Keep your profile updated with any new skills or experiences. Regularly post and interact with content related to your field to stay visible and relevant.

7. Explore LinkedIn Learning

Take advantage of the free courses on LinkedIn Learning to upskill.

8. Utilize LinkedIn’s Job Search

LinkedIn’s job search feature is tailored to help you find roles that match your skills. Use filters to narrow down your search to roles that are a good fit for you.

9. Showcase Your Work

If you have any projects or work samples, use the ‘Featured’ section to showcase them. This can give employers a tangible sense of your capabilities.


Remember, LinkedIn is more than just a job search engine; it’s a platform to build your professional identity and network. Use it wisely, and it can open doors to numerous opportunities. Grab a copy Free 'LinkedIn Guide exclusively for Veterans' here 


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