November 11th, 2013
Career Tips for Veterans
Making the transition from military personnel to civilian can be quite the challenge. Finding an employer that can fully understand and appreciate your military background can be extremely difficult when there are so many misconceptions about the so-called “risks” involved in hiring a veteran.
According to the Labor Department, veterans who have served any time since September 2001 are facing an unemployment rate of 12.7%.
Regardless of which branch of the military you served in, you’ve got the skills and experience to secure interviews and score the job you’re looking for. It’s all about marketing yourself, and we’re here to help.
Here are our career tips specifically for veterans.
Make a plan.
Before beginning your career, it’s important to narrow it down. First decide where you want to live. Odds are, you’ve moved around a lot in your time of service. Where do you see yourself settling down? What did you plan on doing before joining the military? Can you see yourself doing that now?
It’s probably been awhile since your last interview. Before beginning your job search, brush up on your interviewing skills, spend some quality time with your resume, and catch up on current technology. Social media has taken the employment scene by storm. Are you using your Twitter and LinkedIn to properly market yourself?
Network. Network. And then network some more.
Connect with other former military members that can help you in your job search. Make some phone calls and send some emails. One of your connections is bound to get you at least one job interview. Make new connections by following veteran hashtags on social media and joining veteran groups on LinkedIn.
What is your MOS? Find a way to explain the value of your experiences in the military to a civilian employer. What did you do for your country that you can do for this employer? What skills do you have that made you good at your job in the military? Finding a position that is similar to your military position will work to your advantage.
Tell military stories to convey your strengths. Come up with a mental list of go-to stories that show who you are as a person and what type of worker you are. These stories could give you a huge advantage over other candidates. Leadership skills, discipline skills, and technical skills have all been learned in the military. Recall situations you were faced with that can prove that you possess these skills.
We can help!
Contact your local Ajilon Professional Staffing branch and see what a recruiter can do for you.
Thank you for serving our country and best of luck in your job search!