Putting On a New Uniform: Transitioning from the Military Into Civilian Work

I’ve just gotten back from vacation and I am working on getting some posts put together this week. But I thought I would put up a wonderfully written guest post to keep things moving right along while I am editing photos and writing in the background. 
Today we’ve got a post from Emma, who blogs at Smile as it Happens

Between relocating and finding a new job, transitioning from the military into civilian life can be stressful. You might feel overwhelmed no matter how long your military career lasted, but rest assured that you are not alone. Many veterans face these same feelings, but there is hope. A variety of organization and programs exist to help make this transition easier and smoother for you and your family. No matter what your dream civilian job might be, you can do what you love with a supportive network behind you. The important thing is to ignore the misconceptions abound regarding the job hunt, and that’s where I come in. I’m going to outline some of the most common job myths and the reality behind them so that you can start your civilian life more confidently.

Myth #1: I won’t be able to find a good job because the people who apply most get the most jobs.
Truth: You don’t need to send out dozens of applications. You only need to send out strong resumes to the companies who speak directly to your strengths. Employers aren’t looking for a huge volume of weak resumes; they’re looking for a small pile of strong candidates. If you spend some time crafting a resume and cover letter that outline your skills, offer concrete examples of relevant work experience and reasons why you’re the right fit, then you’ll get more interviews that someone who simply applies to every position with a fluffy, inflated resume.

Myth #2: My spouse doesn’t have any resources like I do when it comes to finding a job.
Truth: The government has recognized the need to provide work opportunities for the spouses of both active duty military personnel and veterans. Because of the instability that comes with a military life including constantly moving due to new assignments, Joining Forces was created to help spouses find steady work. This organization and others like it work to expand job opportunities nationwide for military spouses as well as create a better relationship between employers to ensure continual support.
Myth #3: Requesting a reference from someone irritates them and takes too much of their time.
Truth: Asking for help is never a burden, and most people consider it a compliment to be listed as a reference. If you’ve got a great military career behind you with lots of support, then there are many who would be honored to give you a strong referral. Top companies are now using platforms like JIBE, a mobile recruiting company to streamline the process. This application lets you upload job documents like resumes and referrals right to a company’s social media platform so you save time and energy.

Myth #4: Companies won’t want to hire me because of my military-related disability.
Truth: Even civilians are federally protected from job discrimination due to disability. Employers cannot make a hiring decision based solely on disability, and as a veteran, you’re actually in an even more protected class. In fact, some companies receive incentives for hiring veterans with disabilities or those who served during certain time periods. The U.S. Department of Veterans offers job training services as well as counseling support and rehabilitation information to veterans looking for civilian work.
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/

About alanamarie26

Marine Wife, Mom, Student. Trying to keep a household running while going to school full time.
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