Saturday, June 22, 2013

Myths About the Post-Military Job Market (Guest Blog by Emma)

Myths About the Post-Military Job Market

Transitioning out of your military career into a civilian job comes with a healthy helping of stress, and unfortunately, that stress is often exacerbated by myths that have been perpetuated concerning the process. The truth, however, will set you free. Let’s look at the reality behind a few of the myths about jobs in the private sector.

Myth #1: You don’t have to sell yourself to an employer.
Truth: It is up to you to help potential employers see what they’ll be missing if they don’t get you on their team. Always tell the truth, but be sure to emphasize your best features for the workplace. Highlight your abilities, strengths and experience. Of course, you need to do this in your cover letter and resume, but you also need to do it in interviews and any other communication you have with potential employers.

Myth #2: Finding a civilian job after you’ve been in the military for a long time will be overwhelmingly difficult.
Truth: Although it may seem difficult to face this change in your career, you have gained a valuable skill set during your time in the military that will transfer beautifully to help you in a successful civilian career. Many companies prefer to hire former military members, and organizations such as Recruit Military specialize in assisting veterans and their spouses in finding employment with these companies.

Myth #3: Companies don’t care about job seekers.
Truth: Although many employers see large numbers of job applications on a regular basis, they understand the need to attract top talent to fill open positions. In order to hire the best employees, many companies offer benefits such as free day care on-site or a work-at-home option. Companies have also streamlined the application process to make it easier for job seekers to apply and follow up on employment possibilities. Many have started to partner with services like JIBE, a mobile recruiting company that allows applicants to apply for jobs and upload any job-related documents directly from their smart phone or tablet while on-the-go.

Myth #4: If you have a service-related disability, no one will hire you.
Truth: Not only are many companies willing to hire veterans with service-related disabilities, but also there are a number of programs geared toward assisting disabled veterans. These programs offer rehabilitation, job coaching, on-the-job training and apprenticeships among other services. The VRE is a valuable resource for veterans with service-related disabilities looking to enter the civilian workforce.

Transitions of any kind can be stressful, but changes often come with new opportunities. As you search for your new career, have faith in your strengths and look forward to success.
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!