Hello! I was working with a recruiter in 2018 with an interest in either PA or CS, and eventually as the failed attempts to get in touch with my recruiter piled up I could no longer wait indefinitely/financially to figure out if I could join and accepted a civilian job. A major benefit of my current job is free college tuition, so I have used this time to go to school and am completing a Masters Degree in Management in fall 2021.
I would still like to join the CG but I have a few questions I thought folks here may be able to help answer.
I plan to re-start the process with a recruiter, and I am assuming that my previously assigned recruiter may not still be in my area and I will probably get someone new? I have read here that you need to be really persistent, but when I was trying to join before I was emailing and calling my recruited over a period of months and eventually stopped hearing back and never got return calls or emails despite being persistent. Does anyone have any best practices for how to avoid this? I can't exactly just show up at the recruiting office but am worried about getting "ghosted" again.
Is it worth getting in touch with a recruiter now to re-start the process, or should I wait until spring/summer since I will not complete my degree until 2021?
I am also completing a Graduate Certificate alongside my Masters - is that of any importance or benefit worth mentioning to my recruiter? I imagine the Masters Degree is?
Finally, I have been able to spend a lot of time volunteering/working in my community throughout COVID because of the flexibility of working from home at my current civilian job. Is there anything else that I should be doing during this period while I hope to join the CG? I am likely looking to join Enlisted Reserve at this point.