Finding a great job in today’s economy can be tough, especially if you’re transitioning out of the military and into civilian life. Whether you’ve been in the service for a full career or a few years, you’re going to face an uphill climb. But I’m here to assure you that you can find your dream civilian job. Many programs and individuals are ready and waiting to help you make the transition. The first step to getting a great job is overcoming some common myths associated with the job hunt. I’m going to debunk four common myths so that you can find your perfect job with confidence.
Myth #1: Once you transition out of the military, there aren’t any services to help you find a civilian job.
Truth: Many people want to help you make this transition, and there are a lot of services available to help you and your spouse find a great civilian job. Hire Heroes USA, for example, was organized by a group of veterans with combat and business experience to help fellow veterans enter the civilian workforce. Within this organization, you’ll find workshops, job fairs and other career development advice to help you get started and stay motivated. They’ve been where you are, and they want to help ease the transition for you and your family.
Myth #2: It’s too hard and time-consuming to find a job.
Truth: Many of today’s top employers realize that people lead very busy lives, and they’ve streamlined their application process accordingly. In order to simplify the process, a growing number of companies have started to partner with mobile recruiting companies, like JIBE. These platforms allow you to upload your resume and other supporting documents right from your smartphone while on-the-go. Technology has made applying for jobs faster and more convenient.
Myth #3: There aren’t any companies that are specifically looking to hire veterans.
Truth: Actually, your skills and service place you ahead of the pack in many top companies, partly because the government offers incentive programs to employers who hire veterans and partly for your specific experience as a former service member. If you’re looking for a career or company that values your service, then check out VeteranJobListings.com. You don’t even need to register for this site, and you’ll be able to browse through hundreds of postings across the country for people specifically looking to hire veterans.
Myth #4: If you haven’t heard back from a company after applying, then you should just assume that you didn’t get the job.
Truth: Job recruiters are as busy as the rest of us, and they may not get a chance to look over your resume for several weeks. One of the best things to do after you apply for a job is to follow up with the recruiter within a couple weeks. This proves to the company that you really want the job, and you’re more likely to get an interview if you follow up. Be polite, and don’t harass. There’s a fine line between perseverance and harassment when it comes to follow-up.
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/!