Hello, all my fellow readers! I realize that I have been slacking in my blogging lately and I do apologize. I had been looking for a way to revamp my blog and get back into writing about my adventures, trials, and memories when it comes to life as a military spouse. A few weeks ago, Emma Banks contacted me and offered to collaborate and write a post for my blog regarding finding work once our service members retire from the military. I was elated! What a perfect time to bring in a guest blogger! I am very excited to share Emma's article and I invite all of you to have a read! Emma's bio and link to her own blog are shown at the bottom. I hope you find this article as interesting and helpful as I did. Thank you, Emma!
And stay tuned for my upcoming blog regarding me and Justin's first deployment experience!
Overcoming Barriers to Finding Post-Military Employment
With overseas conflicts coming to an end, the US military drawdown is expected to release approximately 80,000 service members back into the civilian population through discharge or retirement. While the economy is recovering, jobs are still scarce and competition can be intense for the few open positions. The process can feel challenging, but I believe our servicemen and women deserve the opportunity to pursue their dream careers. To help you from becoming overwhelmed, here are some myths about post-military job searching and why they aren't true:
Myth: My military skills won't translate to civilian employment.
Truth: While combat skills are rarely needed in civilian life, think of the underlying characteristics that enabled you to survive in that environment. Employers are always hungry for candidates that can function under stress, follow detailed instructions, be both a leader and follower, and react quickly to changes. It's not necessarily about finding a direct match for your skills, but finding a way to apply your skills to the task at hand!
Myth: It’s much too difficult and frustrating to apply for jobs.
Truth: One of my first pieces of advice is to remain calm when applying for jobs. The process used to be time-consuming and difficult but nowadays, almost all employers post openings online and use the Internet for at least part of their hiring process. Some companies have even started to partner with mobile recruiting services, like JIBE, that allow you to upload job-related documents right from your smartphone.
Myth: Once I leave the military, I leave my support system behind.
Truth: There are many programs to assist veterans with the transition to civilian life, including post-military careers. Websites such as Hire Heroes are dedicated to connecting veterans with employers who desire the special skills and talents our servicemen and women bring to the table. These programs are often run and guided by fellow veterans who have "been there and done that."
Myth: Older candidates are at a disadvantage
Truth: According to a US News and World Report, this is simply not true. Many companies prefer to hire seasoned candidates who bring with them proven work ethic, reasonable workplace expectations, and a level of maturity often lacking in job-seekers that are fresh from college. So if you’re retiring from the military after a long-term commitment, keep in mind that you have many of the desirable qualities that employers and looking for.
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/ !