The Importance of Developing Your Business Knowledge Before You Make the Transition

What do you know about Lean Manufacturing, Total Productive Maintenance, Kaizen, or Consultative Selling? How about Six Sigma, Process Excellence, Self-Directed Work Teams, Risk Management or Change Management?

The JMO candidates who succeed in their career searches understand these business concepts, but more importantly, can relate their military background to them and bring the topics into interviews with them.

Their secret? They read, studied, and applied the business knowledge they learned from business books, FORTUNE Magazine and other business periodicals. During a transition, whether it is initial or follow-up interviews, you will be immersed in business concepts. Your comfort level with business concepts will help you assimilate information more efficiently and ultimately engage recruiters in more productive dialogue.

To be successful, you must practice reading business literature and relating your background to what you read. When you read a business article on risk management, ask yourself how your background relates to process validation, compliance, and controls. If you read a newspaper article on Lean or Six Sigma, try to relate your background to the topic.

The skill of being able to READ and RELATE is exactly what you will do during your interviews. Additionally, you will learn business concepts that you can immediately apply in your military career to achieve even more success.

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