RallyPoint: Professional Networking Site For Military

I was introduced this week to a new networking site for military members known as RallyPoint.  This site is like the “LinkedIn of the Military” and is intended to assist people in keeping up with current connections, as well as seeing who is in their extended network at the various units.  I am particularly impressed by the fact that it can (in Marine Corps Speak) drill down to the Company level of units, which is some pretty good granularity.  See the minute and a half video here: https://www.rallypoint.com/static_pages/why_join

The other impressive thing about this site is the fact that it is designed to assist those transitioning off of active duty.  The following is taken directly from the website:

RallyPoint was founded in 2012 by two military veterans at Harvard Business School to help make military life better. Backed by two of the US military's recent Joint Chiefs of Staff, RallyPoint connects its members and gives them the best tools possible to succeed both while in the military, and beyond. With RallyPoint, you can build out your professional network, connect with other members of the military in a safe environment, and explore career opportunities both within the military (PCS opportunities) as well as in the private sector.  In 2012, RallyPoint won the world's largest startup competition (MassChallenge), and placed 2nd in the Harvard Business School Business Plan Competition. RallyPoint is based out of the Harvard University Innovation Lab in Boston.

RallyPoint was founded in 2012 by two military veterans at Harvard Business School to help make military life better. Backed by two of the US military’s recent Joint Chiefs of Staff, RallyPoint connects its members and gives them the best tools possible to succeed both while in the military, and beyond.

How does RallyPoint help me lock-in a civilian job?

By entering your estimated date of employment availability, employers and recruiters seeking talented leaders with your experience and background will be able to reach out to you in private, long before your transition. Your skills are in demand within the most powerful companies in the world, and we put you in charge of your civilian career search. Your interest in civilian employment is never shared with other RallyPoint members or the military. Only employers will know that you are interested in a position or in learning more, and you are always in control of who may contact you and how.

I can see how this data base, especially once it matures, would be a gold mine for corporations looking to hire veteran talent.  I filled out the information stating that I was available for employment in early 2104 and it compiled my data into a virtual resume.

One thing to remember; communication is what the listener does, so just as with a resume, write it in a manner that the reader can understand.  I made sure I kept my current description written in “civilian speak”, highlighting the skills transferable to the private sector, and avoided military jargon as much as possible.

I’ll keep you posted on the results.

RallyPoint has been featured in a Washington post article,  Time Magazine, and Stars and Stripes among other publications.

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