3 Military-to-Civilian Job Search Strategies
We owe a debt of gratitude to our former and active military personnel who’ve protected our freedoms while serving at home and abroad. Here are 3 strategies to help military jobseekers make a transition to the civilian workforce and advance their careers.
Gather and Translate Skills
Many veterans worry that their unique military background and skillset won’t relate to civilian jobs. However, there’s no doubt that service men and women possess some of the most crucial business skills and qualities required to excel in civilian jobs. Teamwork, leadership, confidence, fearlessness, adaptability—these are all desirable skills and traits that civilian recruiters and hiring decision makers look for in candidates. If you’re struggling to decode some of your more military-specific jargon, try the Job Skills Translator at www.military.com.
Look Beyond Function and Identify Core Value
On the surface, some of the specific details of your military experience might not seem to directly relate to some of the civilian jobs you’re pursuing. However, in digging deeper and getting to the heart of the matter, you’ll start to see that the core elements do in fact showcase relevant experience. For instance, a sharpshooter in the Army probably directed a team in executing high-priority goals within high-stakes situations; he or she has cultivated solid judgment and team leadership skills that will resonate with civilian hiring decision makers.
Showcase Likability and Cultural Fit
There’s a misconception that military service men and women tend to be stoic or stern. It’s important to showcase a little personality and individuality, particularly when interviewing, to combat this misconception. At the end of the day, employers hire candidates that they like. As a veteran, you undoubtedly have the skills to get the job done; you must remember to convey cultural fit, as well.
Thank you, again, to our veterans. We truly appreciate your service and if we can help you with your job search, don’t hesitate to reach out!
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