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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Finding a Great Career After The Military

If you're transitioning from the military to civilian life, finding a job might seem overwhelming. The military takes good care of its service members, and you might not think that you'll find the same treatment in the civilian workforce. The fact is that many organizations exist to help with this important transition, and you will find a lot of support across the country for job resources. Never let fear or misinformation keep you from getting the job you want after the military. The following offers some common myths about this transition and the reality behind them.

Myth #1: Many companies are indifferent to those applying for positions.
Truth: In the old days, companies were seen as overbearing and indifferent corporations whose sole purpose was to churn out product with no care to their employees. Now more than ever, employers are focusing on hiring the right talent to perform jobs that are crucial to their success as an organization. Employers make it easier and more attractive to work for them, with programs like onsite daycare and telecommute opportunities. Some companies have even started to use smartphone apps like JIBE, a mobile recruiting company, to help applicants upload job-related documents quickly from anywhere, simplifying the job application process.

Myth #2: My family won't be able to find employment because the services available are solely for veterans or active-duty military. 
Truth: A wide array of organizations exist to help service members and veterans find employment, but several resources also exist to help spouses and families of military members find employment. Whether your spouse needs to find new employment or get advice about the future, organizations like the Military Spouse Employment Program offer guidance and career advice. They can help create cover letters and resumes, searching for open opportunities and offer basic advice for getting out into the job market.

Myth #3: I don't need to market myself to an employer.
Truth: You might think your skills and talents are obvious, but to a complete stranger like a potential employer, you're basically nobody. The only thing that separates you from the crowd is a great resume and cover letter. Both of these documents offer you a chance to sell yourself to prospective employers. You need to highlight your best self without unnecessary embellishments. Never lie on a resume or in a cover letter because eventually the employer will find out, simply showcase what you have to offer and give concrete examples of your past accomplishments. Did you raise profit margins by 3% last quarter? Tell them, with specific statistics and examples. Don't write a novel, but do highlight specific examples that will help you stand out in a stack of similar resumes.

Myth #4: I won't be able to find a civilian job that correlates to my job in the military.
Truth: Many employers hire veterans specifically because of their experience in the military, regardless of the actual job you performed, because veterans possess a wide range of skills and attributes that many companies value in their employees. If you're worried that you won't find something as exciting or that speaks to your talents, then check out the Skills Translator feature on Military.com, which can help you find jobs that directly correlate to what you did for the military.

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/

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