This guest post from Emma Banks offers helpful ideas on getting a job when the military no longer controls your life. Enjoy!
If you’re retiring from the military or transitioning after serving your term, you’ve probably heard stories about finding civilian jobs. While it is challenging to return to life outside of the armed forces, that doesn’t mean finding the career of your dreams is
impossible. Veterans and retirees do it all the time. You can, too, and dispelling some common myths about post-military job searches should help you along the way.
Myth #1: Civilian jobs are nothing like what I did in the military.
Truth: The skills you honed during your time in service can without a doubt be used in a new career field. For example, a former sergeant with leadership and team-building training can apply those skills to become an excellent salesperson or manager. To see how your skills transfer to specific civilian jobs, visit Military.com and use their Skills Translator function.
Myth #2: Getting referrals is time-consuming and annoys the person you’re asking.
Truth: Most people are more than willing to help you get your foot in the door of a company, especially if they know you have a great work ethic. Save time gaining referrals by utilizing mobile recruiting services like JIBE, that allow you to connect through social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. At the same time, don’t be afraid to make phone calls or ask in person. Anyone who’s ever had to apply for a job understands how challenging the process can be.
Myth #3: No one will hire me because I have a service-connected disability.
Truth: Since the post-Vietnam era, our country has evolved and now understands that disabled veterans have much to contribute to the workforce. The U.S. Dept. of Veterans has an extensive listing of programs and rehabilitative services to help veterans find jobs and receive training.
Myth #4: Once you leave the military, you should focus solely on finding a job ASAP.
Truth: While you should make searching for a job one of your top priorities, use the rest of your time wisely. Volunteer in a capacity similar to your chosen career field. It shows potential employers that you are serious about working for them. It also increases your productivity, whereas sitting at home all day applying for jobs might only serve to raise your stress level.
There isn’t anything that can stand in the way of your new career. Be patient and focus on your goals. If you maintain a positive attitude while completing this new mission, you’ll soon create a new life for yourself and your family.
Emma is a mid 20-something year old with a passion for life, love, fitness, and helping others. She loves to be active and get involved in as many sport and community activities as possible. Emma is currently studying to become a Career & Life Coach, and loves to network with people from around the world! Check out Emma’s blog at http://smileasithappens.blogspot.com/!