Debunking Myths on Your Journey to a Successful Career
Change often presents challenges, and this is certainly true for military personnel transitioning to civilian life. If you, a family member or a friend is transitioning from a military career to a job in the private sector, the process may seem overwhelming. Many myths exist that discourage job seekers before they begin the transition. Let’s take a look at some of these myths and learn the truth about your transition to the private sector:
Myth #1: Companies do not look specifically for military veterans to fill open positions.
Truth: Actually, many employers are looking for workers with skills and training that military veterans have. Many of the things you learned during your military career can be useful in private sector work – including leadership, dedication, persistence, teamwork, etc. Furthermore, government incentive programs encourage companies to hire veterans whenever possible. To learn more about job listings from companies that want to hire veterans, check out VeteranJobListings.com.
Myth #2: When unemployed, you should spend all your time applying for jobs.
Truth: Make time to volunteer at organizations whose causes interest you, and spend time honing your various skills. Many potential employers actively seek individuals who are active in their communities and volunteer with various non-profit organizations. Also, putting your talents to work for charities and other organizations can help you network with people who might be able to assist you in finding gainful employment.
Myth #3: There are no programs to assist military spouses in finding profitable jobs in the private sector.
Truth: Joining Forces is a recently-initiated national program focused on assisting military spouses with finding employment. The frequent moves and other difficulties of life as a military spouse make it difficult to develop a personal career. This program works with spouses to help them grow and develop professionally while also working with employers to create workspaces that are welcoming and accommodating to military families.
Myth #4: Asking for references inconveniences your professional associates.
Truth: It only takes a moment to request a reference, and most of those who appreciate your work and service will be happy to provide one. Employers understand that your references are busy people, and it seldom takes more than a few minutes for your references to respond to any questions a potential employer might have about you. Furthermore, companies such as JIBE provide platforms that allow for candidates to request a referral from someone who works at a company they are applying to right through popular social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Asking for a referral has never been easier!
Transitions do bring real challenges, especially in the transition from military to civilian life. Myths, however, serve only to create problems where they do not exist. Seek the truth throughout your job search, and you will find success!
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/!
Do you know anyone that will be getting out of the military soon?
Are you, yourself, making that transition into civilian life?