Guest Blogger: Smile As It Happens

Overcoming the Barriers of a Military Transition

If you’re retiring or transitioning from the military to a civilian career, then you might be feeling overwhelmed by everything you need to do. On top of that, job hunting in an uncertain economy and certain pervasive myths about finding employment will certainly cause you some hesitation. I want to encourage you by saying that finding a civilian job that you love is not only possible but very doable. There are lots of great resources available to you. First, let’s debunk some of the most common job hunt myths.

Myth #1: I won’t be able to find a civilian job because I’ve been in the service for too long.
Truth: You may not find a job right away, but rest assured that you will find employment if you put forth the effort. It doesn’t matter how long you were in the service, you can still find a civilian job doing something you love. Your transferable skills matter a great deal to many top employers, and some companies offer veteran preference for employment. Recruit Military, a recruiting firm specializing in helping veterans, provides connections to companies looking for you as well as school and other assistance. They also offer resume help and job fairs nationwide so you can get the help you need.

Myth #2: Online job databases weed out candidates by using keyword filters.
Truth: This is unfortunately true for the most part, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from applying. Companies use keyword filters to narrow down applicants. Otherwise, they would have to sift through thousands of legitimate and spam applications on a regular basis. You might not be able to beat the system, unless you know which keywords to use, but you can beat the company at its own game. Do some research and follow up. Send an email or make a phone call to the recruiter for the position. If you’re persistent but professional, they will appreciate the effort, and you might just land a job.

Myth #3: My service-related disability will prevent me from getting hired.
Truth: Keep in mind that federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against any disability with reasonable accommodation. As a veteran with a service-connected disability, you have many options available to assist you, including the U.S. Department of Veterans. They offer counseling, training and other resources to veterans with disabilities.

Myth #4: People find job referrals annoying and time-consuming.
Truth: People are always glad to recognize and recommend good talent, and if you’ve made a good impression, then you can expect a glowing referral. It’s never annoying to ask for help when it comes to the job hunt, especially if you respect your reference’s time. Thankfully, you have access to great technology that can help save you and your reference time in the process. Platforms like JIBE, a mobile recruiting company allow you to connect directly with a company’s social media site to upload resumes, cover letters and job references right from your smartphone. You’ll never be a bother with this quick and convenient way to get referrals.

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 http://smileasithappens.blogspot.com/!

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