A New Career Awaits
As one of the largest global security companies in the world, Northrop Grumman is proud to help our nation's military personnel make the transition to civilian careers. Approximately 20% of Northrop Grumman's 85,000 employees self-identify as veterans, and more than 1,600 are reservists.
Your training and experiences have prepared you for anything. Whether your expertise is in defense, global climate, cyber, public safety or any other aspect of what we do, we hope you'll join us as we continue to develop mission critical programs for our customers worldwide.
This military transition guide will provide tips on how to get a job after serving in the military. You'll gain ideas on how to get yourself ready for a transition to civilian life and how to be more professionally attractive to our hiring managers and recruiters.
Good to Know
We know that, with tons of real-world leadership experience, many exiting officers and senior NCOs want to find the right next career.
We have the tools to assist in this transition. These suggestions will help you better navigate through the often confusing process. Apply to positions that match your experience. If you apply for positions that are below what you're qualified for, the recruiter may consider you overqualified and unwilling to accept the pay range associated with a position at that level.
Junior Level (0-5 years)
Mid Level (6-13 years)
Senior Level (14+ years)
PM 1 — 14+ years with some industry program management (PM) experience
PM 2 — at least 5-6 years industry PM experience
Basic Requirements of Top Veteran Candidates
Northrop Grumman hires many veterans transitioning to civilian careers in technical fields including:
- computer science
- software engineering
- big data
- system/software architecture
Project and program management positions typically require deep experience managing complex initiatives.
About Security Clearances
Many Northrop Grumman positions require a security clearance or the ability to obtain a security clearance.
Northrop Grumman job descriptions will indicate if an active (or inactive) clearance is required and/or may need to be obtained. Please reference our security clearance page to find detailed information on obtaining, transferring or renewing your security clearance.
Discuss with your spouse/partner what geographical location you want to move to or remain in. This is important, because some companies do not pay for relocation, and the military will provide one free move for you. If your spouse or partner is in school, also in service or at a stable point in their career, you will need to consider these factors for quality of life purposes.
Start to truly consider what you would like to spend the next 20 years doing, career-wise. This is vital, because it is at this point that you should start creating your professional online presence and looking at openings.
Reach out to your medical office and inquire about medical disability. There are a number of programs and associations dedicated to assisting wounded veterans obtain accommodations and additional skills to ensure that the next phase of life is even more enjoyable than your time away.
If you have more than six months until you exit service, don't apply yet, but look at what you may want to do and where.
Education matters. When searching the career sites, take an assessment of the openings you are interested in, and see if they have required certifications, education, etc. that you do not currently have. Once you have identified those missing certifications, pursue and earn them.
Buy one good suit. While the job you apply for may not require a suit to be worn each day, it helps assure potential employers of your professionalism and helps you make a great first impression.
Reach out to your local Transition Readiness Office. Though they will not have all of the answers, they do often know of companies that are hiring. They may be able to connect you with Vocational Rehab assistance programs to help you get additional training that will be useful when you exit.
Setting out on a new career is a challenge for anyone. We know that as a military veteran, your transition is exceptionally challenging, but what you have to offer is oftentimes unmatched. We're proud to employ many military veterans and look forward to working with even more.
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