Thursday, August 1, 2013

Guest Post: The Truth About Life After Military Service

The Truth About Life After Military Service

Change brings with it a whole host of unknowns and this is particularly true for those transitioning out of the military. Whether you are finishing a minimum commitment or retiring from the military, you have likely heard a barrage of rumors about the process of reentering the workforce. Rather than getting bogged down in this information, take the time to sort out fact from fiction. For starters, let’s look at a few common myths and the truths behind them.

Myth #1: The types of jobs available to you as a veteran are limited and difficult to find.
Truth: Military careers vary widely as do the types of skills veterans have honed during their time in the service. Because of this, many companies are interested specifically in hiring qualified veterans, and programs such as the 100,000 Jobs Mission exist to connect you with jobs at these companies. So far, the program has helped over 60,000 veterans get jobs with some of the top companies in the US.

Myth #1: Asking for a reference puts your colleagues and superiors out.
Truth: Most people who appreciate your skills and talents will be happy to give you a referral. Additionally, employers today understand that everyone has demands on their time. Many companies have partnered with services like JIBE that streamline the process of giving referrals and let you connect to your colleagues through social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook.

Myth #3: Although programs exist to help you find a job, there isn’t a live person to whom you can go for help.
Truth: All post-9/11 veterans can receive access to a One-Stop Career Center in their area. Here, with access from the Gold Card, each veteran is eligible to receive training, test preparation, individual career counseling, job referrals and more. Veterans that choose to use the program will also benefit from some enhanced services including up to six months of follow-up.

Myth #4: Your resume should indicate that you are good at everything.
Truth: Who would believe that? No one is good at everything, but everyone is good at something. Your resume should be succinct and focused. Include all skills relevant for the job you want, but don’t exaggerate or overstate your abilities. Employers are in the business of hiring real people who can do quality work at a specific job.

Believing myths about the job market can defeat you before your search begins. Learning the truth about the job market and having faith in yourself will help you through the process. Let go of your fears and, with confidence, follow your dreams.

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!

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