10 June, 2013

Finding Work After The Military

For those that have been following me, I have shared a little about the struggles my husband has had with finding a job post USMC.
I haven't gone into detail, as other things have gotten in the way, but I think it's sad. It shouldn't be that hard for someone who served his country for almost 9 years, to get out and find a job that supports his family.
Especially when so many companies advertise veteran hiring friendly and
then don't even bother to look past the fact that he doesn't have a degree. 
I am sorry, but maybe he was too busy working "overtime" and deploying to go back to school...

To help us with this, today I have a guest post from Emma at Smile As It Happens with tips on finding deployment whether you are a spouse or former active duty.

The Truth About Your Job Search Following a Military Career

Individuals leaving the military are faced with a number of challenges. You may wonder if you will ever find a rewarding career outside the military. While the transition to civilian life may seem overwhelming, there are several resources to help you along the way. As you begin your search for civilian employment, be sure not to buy into the many myths that will only serve to discourage you. Instead, take a look at the truth about finding employment as a civilian.

Myth #1: The jobs available to you as a military veteran are limited and difficult to find.
Truth: Programs exist to make it as easy as possible for military veterans to find civilian employment. Several of today’s top companies have joined together to form one such group called 100,000 Jobs Mission. This organization offers information on a variety of fields as well as statistics on projected growth rate within various fields, annual salaries and required education for the various job types. The goal of this organization is to fill 100,000 jobs with military veterans by the year 2020. On their website you can even search for specific jobs that will utilize the skills you learned during your military career.

Myth #2: Employers simply don’t care about job seekers.
Truth: Although many employers receive huge numbers of job applications on a regular basis, they understand the importance of attracting the best people to fill open positions. In order to attract these individuals, many companies have streamlined their application processes. Utilizing platforms provided by JIBE, a mobile recruiting specialty company, these companies allow job seekers to simply and swiftly upload resumes and other documents right from their smartphone or tablet. Other companies, in order to attract and keep top talent, offer special benefits such as the option to work from home, extended PTO, flexible work hours, and more.

Myth #3: While unemployed, you should focus only on applying to jobs.
Truth: There are many aspects to job searching other than simply applying to jobs. Additionally, you need to remain or become active in your community in order to make the connections that will aid you in your job search. Volunteering provides a great opportunity to get involved in your community or a special cause, and the experience will look good on your resume. Furthermore, your volunteer work might ultimately translate into a paid position, or you could meet someone during your volunteer activities that will help you find gainful employment. Opportunities come when we least expect them, so don’t count anything out!

Myth #4: Since you took direct orders during your time in the military, you should only work for someone else when transitioning to a civilian job.
Truth: Although your military career taught you how to take and follow through with orders, you are leaving the military with a full portfolio of transferable skills. Many of these skills may help you become a successful entrepreneur. If you’re interested in starting your own business, but aren’t sure where to start, there is a company called Inc. which gives military members assistance in all aspects of developing and running your own business. They offer assistance with thing such as financing and naming your business, to developing budgets and identifying insurance needs. They really are your one-stop shop for all the questions you may have.

Every change in life presents its own set of challenges. As you transition out of military life, debunking myths and learning the truth about civilian jobs will help you to embrace the possibilities, and move forward with this next phase in your life.

1 comment:

  1. I have to agree with you on this! It's been next to impossible for Sky to find a decent job. He doesn't have a degree either. But not a single one of those companies who openly advertise about hiring vets even gave him the time of day. Some interviewers have seen that he's Reserve and actually told him that was a reason to not hire him (same when he was Guard...and yes, it's "illegal", but it happens constantly). He's tried to find a better paying job than what he has now, but the military aspect actually makes it much harder instead of easier. And like you, I think that's very, very sad.

    Hope it gets better for you guys. <3


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