As you transition from military to civilian life, you might find the whole civilian employment process difficult and impossible to navigate through. Finding employment after military service does not have to be difficult, if you follow some of these very simple, easy steps:
- Set goals – it is critical that you set goals indicating what you wish to accomplish with your civilian employment. Your civilian job will be opposite of what you have been used to in the military. Your time in the military was structured, now you will need to define your own goals, interests, and decide what you want to do. Set your goals to help you keep perspective while you do your job search.
- Do your research – as you begin to think about setting your civilian employment career goals, you will need to collect information and do research on the industry and type of work you want to do. Review information such as industry experience or education needed, skills needed, financial stability offered, and culture within the industry. Are these all a fit for you? If you answer no, look for an industry that is a fit.
- Network, network, network – it is important that you network with others during your transition to civilian life and especially once you are ready to being working again. When you network, you will be able to connect with people that are similar in many ways. These new acquaintances will be able to offer support during your job hunt, provide information regarding available opportunities, and connect you with professionals in the same industry.
- Resume and interview – before you begin you job search, it is important that you review and perfect your resume, and practice interviewing techniques. There are many ways you can do both, however, the key to remember is that your resume must show your military skills in a way that a civilian employer will understand. When you understand how your skills translate, you will be able to offer more natural responses in your interviews.
Take the initiative in your job search and your transition to civilian employment. There are many agencies and programs available to you for assistance in helping you with your job hunt. By following some of the simple steps outlined above, you will find civilian employment and begin your new career.
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