Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tips for Seeking Post-Military Employment {Guest Post}

Today I am opening up the blog to Emma, from Smile As It Happens, to share her expertise in career matters. This topic hits close to home as I have been more actively seeking employment in recent weeks and hitting a few roadblocks along the way. The challenges of being a separated military member or military spouse are very real when it comes to job searching. I hope you will find Emma's answers to some frequently asked questions helpful. For more career and life coaching tips, visit
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Veteran Preference & How to Get a Great Job After the Military

You might think that because you've been in the military, you won't be able to make an easy transition from a very structured lifestyle into the civilian way of life. Finding a job can be stressful for anyone, let alone someone who has spent significant time engaged in military operations. The thing to remember is that all of the skills you learned in the military can be applied to civilian jobs. You'll be able to find your dream job if you ignore the myths that get perpetuated. I'm here to identify four of these myths and the truths that combat them. By knowing the truth, you can find a great job more easily than you think.

Myth #1: Businesses don't really care about job applicants.
Truth: Companies know that in order to be successful, they need good employees. You get good employees by offering attractive incentives, paying decent wages and providing for their well-being. Many employers now offer daycare, telecommute opportunities and bonuses. To make applying easier, some companies have partnered with platforms like JIBE, a mobile recruiting company that allows you to upload applications and supporting documents directly from your mobile device. Most major employers have jumped on board the bandwagon to ensure that their employees stay happy.

Myth #2: I will be on my own when I try to make the transition from the military to a civilian job.
Truth: In reality, there are many options and resources available to you as a veteran, and some programs even help spouses of veterans find civilian employment. Organizations like Hire Heroes USA provide networking training, marketing advice and job assistance to thousands of veterans. They also host job fairs and workshops designed to enhance your skills. Managed by former veterans, this organization knows what it's like to make this transition and can help you and your family to get the most out of the process.

Myth #3: I will have to settle for a lower salary because of the bad economy.
Truth: The economy is actually improving in many areas, but even if it remained poor you can still expect competitive wages from many top employers. One closely related myth is that you should always low-ball your salary expectations to attract employers. This actually has the opposite effect: Employers won't take you seriously if you give them a ridiculously low salary expectation. Respect yourself enough to hold out for a decent salary. You'll be glad you did in the long run.

Myth #4: Employers only want people with consistent records, and my active duty status will prevent me from getting a good job.
Truth: There are actually federal regulations in place to prevent employers from discriminating against active duty status, and an employer is not allowed to hold past active duty status against you. In fact, some companies actually give preference to veterans, particularly those who served during certain conflicts and time periods. Rest assured that while employers do value consistent employees, your military service will actually help you rather than hurt you in this respect.
 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

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