Monday, July 8, 2013

Military Mondays: Transitioning from the Military into a Civilian Job

For the very first Military Monday column, we have Emma from Smile as it Happens, to talk about job opportunities post-military life.

Starting Your Second Career: How to Transition from the Military

Adjusting to civilian life after a career in the military can be a challenge no matter how long you served. You want to find great employment, but you might be overwhelmed especially given the recovering economy. Rest assured that you can find your dream job in the civilian workforce. It will take time, but many employers value the skills and attributes that you learned and developed while in the military. I'm here to debunk four common myths associated with the job hunt so that you enter the civilian workforce with confidence.

Myth #1: I won't be able to get a job doing what I did in the service.
Truth: You have many desirable qualities for employers all over the country. Your dedication, commitment and leadership skills will be valuable assets during your job hunt. If you want to find jobs that specifically speak to your role in the military, then there are tools designed just for that purpose. The Skills Translator feature on allows you to enter specific career information like rank, branch and pay grade to determine your corresponding civilian career.

Myth #2: It's hard to apply for a job and takes too long.
Truth: Technology has streamlined the job application process. Top employers around the country rely on digital application services to make applying easier and much more convenient. Some companies have even partnered with services like JIBE, a mobile recruiting company that lets you upload resumes and supporting documents from your smartphone and connect directly with a company's social media site. You'll be able to find a great job in no time with technology at your side.

Myth #3: Asking questions during an interview is a waste of time.
Truth: At the end of an interview, most interviewers will ask if you have any questions for them. It isn't a trick, and it isn't a waste of time. Keep in mind that you're in control of the situation: You should find out what you can about the company just as they're asking about you. Spend some time researching the company, and ask what you really want to know. Your interviewers will be impressed if they feel that you're genuinely interested in their company.

Myth #4: If I want to start and maintain a successful business, then I'm on my own because there aren't any resources available to me.
Truth: Many veterans choose to start their civilian careers as entrepreneurs, and if you want to branch out and start a business, then you have many options. offers business advice specifically for military veterans. You can find information on financing, marketing, legal forms and a full list of resources on starting and maintaining a successful business. You're not alone when it comes to getting great business advice, and this valuable resource provides comprehensive information.

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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