Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Guest Post: Finding a Great Post-Military Job

Emma contacted me this summer and asked if she could guest post on my blog. She's starting out in the blogosphere and wanted to make connections with other writers and their audiences. Typically, I don't post guest posts unless I solicit them; however, I thought that I'd pay it forward to a motivated gal trying to get her blog started! Drop on over to Smile as It Happens and say hi to Emma! 

The military offers great opportunities for thousands of individuals; unfortunately, when these individuals leave the military, they can sometimes have a difficult time transitioning back into civilian life. One of the keys to making this transition easier is to refrain from becoming overwhelmed with searching for a job. Individuals should always do their best to achieve their goals; however, they should also realize that finding their dream job is not an easy process. There are many myths associated with searching for a job, but once you understand the truth behind these myths, you will be prepared for a successful job search.

Myth #1: Jobs for veterans are limited and hard to find.

Truth: Although it may take time to find the perfect position, it is entirely possible to find a job that you will truly enjoy and find to be fulfilling. The 100,000 Jobs Mission and other similar programs are great resources for veterans to use when looking for a post-military job. These programs allow applicants to see the pay, job outlook, and the degree needed for each job listing.

Myth #2: I will have a hard time getting a new job because I was fired from a previous position.

Truth: Luckily, most companies will not have any idea that you have been fired unless you decide to disclose this to them. Even if the company knows about your termination from another job, you should not let it be an obstacle in acquiring another position. As long as you do well in the interview, the company will be able to decide if you are a good fit for the company, regardless of what has happened in your past.

Myth #3: I will have a difficult time finding a job, since I’ve been in the military for so long.

Truth: Many companies are interested in hiring veterans and value the unique set of skills that former soldiers possess. Recruit Military is a program that helps military veterans find jobs and works to ease the transition into the civilian workforce. Programs such as this put job applicants in direct contact with companies who are often looking to specifically hire military veterans.

Myth #4: It is too time consuming to ask people for referrals and people see it as annoying.

Truth: Most likely, the people that you have worked with throughout your career will be more than willing to offer you a great referral. In addition to asking someone for a referral in person, an applicant can also ask by sending an email or making a phone call. Some companies have worked to make the referral process even easier by partnering with companies like JIBE. These services allow you to connect with referrals using social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

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 smileasithappens.blogspot.com!

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