Monday, July 22, 2013

Guest Post: Finding Your Post-Military Job

Today we have a guest post from the wonderful Emma of Smile As It Happens. This article is geared towards military personnel who have separated and are looking for jobs in the civilian market. I have a lot of friends for whom this would have come in handy, and probably a lot more for whom this will be good knowledge in the future. I know some of you aren't military, but if you know anyone who is and might find this helpful, feel free to share this with them!

Take it away, Emma.  

Finding Your Post-Military Job

Finding Your Post-Military Job

Every transition in life comes with its own set of challenges and those transitioning from the military to civilian life will find several challenges along the way. While one of those challenges is finding a job in the private sector, this may not be as difficult as you might expect. Several myths exist that make job searching seem more daunting than it really is.

Myth #1: As a civilian, I won’t be able to do work similar to what I did in the military.
Truth: Many of the skills you honed during your military career translate well to jobs in the private sector. Take the time to learn about civilian employment that will utilize your strengths by using the Skills Translator at Here, you can plug in information about your military career including service branch, pay grade and job position, and the Skills Translator will help you learn about civilian jobs that have similar characteristics and requirements.

Myth #2: The application process is always difficult and time consuming.
Truth: Of course, you can’t expect to land the perfect job without putting in a little effort, but today’s employers understand the importance of attracting top talent by making it easy to apply for open positions. Many top companies now utilize mobile recruiting services, like JIBE, that allow applicants to upload a prepared résumé directly to the employer.

Myth #3: The types of jobs available to military veterans are limited and difficult to find.
Truth: Programs such as the 100,000 Jobs Mission have been created to make it easy for veterans to locate civilian employment. This organization consists of top companies in the US that work together to provide information on current open positions in a wide range of fields. The program is dedicated to ensuring that transitioning service members lead successful lives after their military service.

Myth #4: During difficult financial times, you have to take any job you can get.
Truth: Taking a job for which you are overqualified can actually set you back professionally. Rather than sending out applications for every job opening you find, focus on applying to jobs that require your personal expertise and training. Don’t be afraid to turn down a job that isn’t a good fit as you search for the right position.

No one can completely minimize the anxiety that can come with a life change such as leaving military service for civilian life. However, by debunking some myths about job seeking, you will find yourself empowered to be successful in the days ahead.

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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