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Job Searching Tips for Veterans

Job Searching Tips for Veterans KnowledgeToWork.com
Thursday, May 3, 2018
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The transition between military and civilian life can be challenging for many veterans. The lifestyle adjustments can even affect your ability to locate civilian work. In this post, we will discuss some common obstacles veterans face in transitioning to the civilian workforce and provide you with some tips and resources for overcoming these obstacles. If you have not read it already, you may also find our blog post “Veterans Translating Skills to Civilian Work: Tools for Success” helpful.

Why is it hard for veterans to find jobs?

  1. Miscommunication: One major obstacle for veterans trying to enter the civilian workforce is that they are accustomed to using military jargon. While other active military members and veterans recognize these terms, veterans looking to enter the civilian workforce must be careful to communicate their skills to potential employers in terms they can understand.
  2. Skill Translation: Another issue some veterans run into is that some of their military skills don’t exactly match up to civilian jobs they're interested in. They also sometimes don’t have any formal education in that career field. One reason military skills translator tools are helpful is that they help you determine the exact skills that you have and how those are applicable to the civilian workforce. You may also need to consider enrolling in a higher education program or seeking out a relevant certificate program from a professional organization. These credentials help to show employers that you have the skills they look for in job candidates. This can also show employers that you’re able and willing to learn new skills outside of a military environment.
  3. Inexperience Job Searching: Another reason why some veterans struggle to find civilian work is that they are unfamiliar with the civilian job searching process and don’t meet employers’ expectations in this regard. Check out the final section of this blog to locate learning resources that can help you familiarize yourself with the various stages of job searching, from filling out job applications to employment interviewing, before you start your job search.
  4. Unclear Goals: One final obstacle that some veterans run into is that they are not sure which career field is right for them. As a military member your work included service, sacrifice, and benefiting the greater good. Some veterans find it difficult to work in fields that they don’t feel reflect these same values. Before you start applying for jobs, spend some time thinking about the career that would be the best fit for you. Consider your interests, skills you gained throughout your military service, whether or not you would enjoy a job that is similar to your role in the military, as well as job outlook and educational requirements. KnowledgeToWork.com’s career pathways pages can help you think through all of these questions.

Learning resources for veterans

One of the best ways you can prepare yourself for entering the civilian workforce is to prepare yourself for the job searching process itself. While identifying the career field you would like to enter and ensuring that you possess the skills necessary for that position are essential, the job searching process is the crucial step that will place you in that position. To help you familiarize yourself with job searching as a civilian, KnowledgeToWork.com has hundreds of searchable learning resources to help you improve your job searching skills. You may also want to explore our learning resources for soft skills, which all employers look for in job candidates. If you’re planning to enroll in an educational program, we also have learning resources to help you prepare for college, including learning resources to help you improve your note-taking skills, study skills, and test-taking skills, as well as several other college readiness skills. Don’t forget to sign up for your free account to set your educational and career goals, track your progress to those goals, save your favorite learning resources and useful searches, and much more.

In this post, we will discuss some common obstacles veterans face in transitioning to the civilian workforce and provide you with some tips and resources for overcoming these obstacles.


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