Military & Civilian Work

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Please pardon my long leave from the blog... stupid computer. Anyway, I was lucky enough to meet a wonderful, passionate lady who took a special interest in helping military families in the aspect of job hunting.

Emma contacted me and we decided to team up to try to give all of my lovely readers more information about common misconceptions about the civilian workforce and transitioning out of the military. Emma has personally seen the struggles this can cause for families. Please take the time to read a little more about Emma at the bottom of the article and check out her blog!

The Truth - Transitioning from the Military to Civilian Work

Transitioning into the civilian workforce after retirement or a minimum commitment in the military is both an exciting and confusing time. You've served your country and it is now time to jump feet first into your dream career. While the transition does take time and a good amount of planning, it is not impossible. I'll share with you the myths that you will certainly come across and put forth the truth that will propel you into the civilian workforce.

Myth #1: I'm a spouse and there are no programs to help me find employment.
Truth: It is difficult for a military spouse to find employment, with moving so often. Good news is there is a fantastic program though the Department of Defense to help spouses of the military whose military men and women have gotten PCS orders to a new area. The Military Spouse Preference program will not only assist in obtaining a job, they will also help you with resumes and interview skills.

Myth #2: Applying for jobs is too hard and takes too much time.
Truth: Applying for a civilian job is very different than moving up the ranks in the military. The truth is all it takes nowadays is a computer to apply to a civilian job! That's right, if you have access to a computer, you can apply to jobs. Many companies have even started to partner with services like JIBE, a mobile recruiting company, which allows you to upload your resume and other job-related documents directly from your mobile device.

Myth #3: I won't be able to find a job that is similar to what I am doing in the military.
Truth: Many of the skills you have obtained in the military can be transitioned into the civilian workforce. By using the Skills Translator on, you will be able add your military branch, pay grade, job position to find civilian jobs that are looking for the skill set you already possess. Just think of the advantage you already have over the rest of the candidates who have never had hands on experience.

Myth #4: All I can do is send my resume to companies and wait for them to get back to me.

Truth: Years ago, this was the etiquette. Today, however, it is truly up to the candidate to sell themselves. You don't need to go out and buy a billboard but it is wise to follow up, research, network and take advantage of social media. Many companies post opportunities on their social media pages, like volunteer opportunities, for you to take advantage of. This allows you to network within the company rather than sending your resume a dozen times.

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!


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