This month, the nation pauses in gratitude to celebrate those who have served our country.
Let’s also take time to consider how adjusting to civilian life after being in the military can be difficult at first, especially when it comes to finding employment. Despite years of experience and specialized training, many veterans have questions about where and how to find a job.
Are you finding it difficult to make the transition into the civilian workforce?
Review these five tips to jumpstart your job search:
1. Focus on transferable experience and credentials.
Many of the skills you learned in the military (like flying a plane or fixing a diesel engine) will likely be useful in a civilian job. However, you might have to do some legwork to figure out what kinds of federal or state certifications you need to continue operating in a similar capacity in the civilian workforce.
Sometimes it’s challenging to find accurate words to describe your military experience in terms civilians will understand. Don’t give up! If you don’t have a skill that translates easily, use a military skills translator service to help you figure out where your skill set fits into the civilian job market.
2. Identify your soft skills.
Soft skills are personal qualities crucial to success in the workplace, and many employers prioritize them when making hiring decisions. Distinguish yourself as a top candidate by including a section on your resume that highlights the unique (and in-demand) soft skills you developed while serving your country, such as:
- Performance under pressure
- Time management
- Work ethic
3. Tap into your network.
Ask your family, friends, and other veterans to recommend you to employers who might be a good fit for you. Take advantage of social media to expand your search. Making connections might lead you to a great job opportunity.
4. Seek out military-to-civilian resources.
Premier Talent partners with many organizations dedicated to helping veterans and their spouses transition to civilian life. You may receive Veteran Readiness and Employment services, where you can access resources like:
- Employment accommodations
- Job training
- Resume development
- Job seeking skills coaching
5. Broaden your skillset.
Yearning to learn something new but not sure how to move up the career ladder in the civilian job market? Explore classes at a local community college or university and see if something interests you. Getting out into the community will further familiarize you with civilian life, and expanding your skills will make you more attractive to potential employers and might lead you to new interests and job opportunities.
Premier Talent Partners is committed to serving our veterans.
We recognize and value your unique, transferable skills. Whether you are newly transitioning into the civilian workforce or are a long-time veteran, we want to help you find meaningful work with great pay. Our dedicated recruiters will leverage and promote your military experience to our hiring partners. Learn more about our advocacy efforts for the military community and military spouses here. Let us help you succeed! Apply today.