10 Tips To Simplify Your Civilian Job SearchSeptember 22, 2018
As a Veteran seeking employment it is important to re-evaluate your job search after being on the market for a while. Identifying areas for improvement can help increase your chances of landed the opportunity that you are looking for. Finding ways to improve and navigate through this process can provide you with an array of resources that can speed up your job search.
Ask your family members, friends, mentors, and other veterans to put introduce you to the decision-makers at companies that you are interested in working for. Send emails out and ask for an informational interview. This provides a great opportunity unlike job interviews, informational interviews provide you with the opportunity to speak with potential regarding your strengths and experiences. Whethere the company is currenlty hiring , this may be an opportunity for them to refer you to others who may be hiring. Also they may keep you in mind for any future openings that you may be a fit.
2. Be Authentic
While your skills and certifications may be impressive, civilian employers also want to dig further into your experience and learn how you applied your skills in your previous roles. Utilize your cover letter, résumé, and networking relationships to emphasize situations in which you took the initiative, demonstrated flexibility, exhibited leadership abilities, and performed for the good of the team.
3. Translate your credentials
Much of you military career and training can be applied to your the private sector. However, many states as well as the federal government may require additional licenses and certifications for certain jobs such as piiloting a plane, working with patients, and operating machinery. Research online or call to find if you need to take an exam or an additional recertification course to make use of your military credentials.
4. Steady -PACE
As a Veteran you are probably familiar with PACE Planning — the primary, alternate, contingency, and emergency plan for each undertaking. When starting your job search for the private sector, keep in mind that your top job choices may not work out. Identify your top job picks, positions you can live with, and positions that you’d rather not take, and apply to all of them. As long as the work won’t aggravate any health concerns, don’t hesitate to take a less desirable position to pay the bills while you look for something else.
5. Veteran's Preference
The federal government gives a veterans preference to veterans seeking employment versus other applicants. Understand that not all military service qualifies someone to receive veterans’ preference, please review any specific requirements.
For more information about veterans’ preference you can find it at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide-for-hr-professionals/S. Office of Personnel Management’s VetGuide.
6. Be Confident ( You can do it!)
Employers are seeking candidates who they feel are a fit for their company culture. Be High And Tight on your job interviews . Incorporate excercise, rest, and networking in our daily rountine. Stray away from putting to much thought into so you feel anxious about your job search.
7. Stay Organized
As a veteran you will need to keep on hand copies of your DD214 and DD2586 to show your potential employer or educational facility this will help to verify your military service, and experience. In addition keep readily available any transcripts,training information in which you are certified or completed.
8. Prepare for Culture difference
The civilian workforce culture is very different from the military. Job searching can be overwhelming at first, this is normal. Take your time and know it's only temporary.
9. You Are In Control Of Your Career
Take control of your career development: Military career development is more structured unlike the private sector. You have to take the initiative by learning new skills. Seek out colleges, Goodwill, a identify courses at your local institutions that can help you further your career. Put a plan together on how you will grow your career and move horizontally in your new company. ( research) Seek out a mentor in your field that can provide advice and help you work through solutions.
10. VocRehab(Must Quality)
VocRehab helps veterans and servicemembers navigate the transition from military to civilian employment. VocRehab offers counseling, training, education, and other services to help prepare you for your next mission.
For more information: https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/