In today’s economy, military personnel returning to the work force face many challenges. Whether you’ve spent a lifetime in the military, or simply served the minimum commitment, crossing the bridge back to civilian life requires a solid effort. The days when you could count on a guaranteed paycheck are over, but that fact need not be a bad one. With hard work and good decisions, the guaranteed income can soon be back and the paycheck might be better than you expected! What may appear daunting at first glance, often will prove to become a dream come true.
When on active duty, stories are often heard about work related issues facing returning servicemen and women. Many, if not most, are myths. In an effort to help your future efforts in the workplace, I’d like to outline some of these myths and also provide you with the truth behind each one.
Myth #1: There are no civilian jobs that will allow me to do the same work as I did in the military.
Truth: Nothing could be further from the truth. One needs to look no further than TV commercials found on many popular shows. These advertising segments highlight the ever-increasing demand for traits offered by people transitioning from military life. Not only is the same type of work available, but retired military personnel are often actively recruited by large civilian companies and various government agencies. Military life has gifted its members with valuable training and leadership abilities not often present in the typical job candidate.
Myth #2: Asking someone for permission to be listed as a referral takes up too much time and can be seen as an inconvenience.
Truth: In almost every case, people who know you, both as a great worker and a great person, are more than happy and willing to help. For them, it’s no inconvenience at all. In today’s tech-savvy world, companies such as JIBE, a mobile recruiting company can do the work for you by using social media. On your behalf, they will reach out through media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. In 2013, asking for and receiving a referral is a snap.
Myth #3 No programs exist that help military spouses find employment.
Truth: The Department of Defense offers a program titled Military Spouse Preference. This program is designed to not only assist non-military spouses, but to give preference to their employment efforts. The program also provides assistance in areas such as with resume preparation and interview skills and understands that service men and women are not the only ones affected by a life in the military.
Myth #4: I have a service-related disability so no one will hire me.
Truth: Many programs exist for helping veterans with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Veterans has a number of programs designed to assist veterans in finding employment. These programs also help with things like on-the-job training, rehabilitation services, counseling and more. With a resource like this at your disposal, you will be well-equipped to go after the job of your dreams.
This post was graciously provided by Emma, 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/