The US military is well known for its dedication and focus to the proper transition of those who have served back to civilian life. The military provides a number of well funded services aimed at providing veterans an effective pathway to stability and positive post-service livelihood. Unfortunately, many former service members find the job hunt a daunting task following years of uniformed service. Questions usually arise concerning the translation of military training, resume construction, and the overall job climate in the veteran’s specific field.
There are 5 strategies that each transitioning service member should employ to ensure a relatively smooth return to civilian life:
All records pertaining to education, training, specific job titles, and organizational experience should be gathered and made readily accessible. The use of computer related tools such as databases and online services should be combined with hard copies that are preferably certified, notarized, or filed with a local clerk’s office at the veteran’s final destination. Lost records can be replaced through the VA’s online application VONAPPS, available at http://www.va.gov
Every aspect of your military training is valuable in securing adequate employment. Your job title and skill set may easily translate to a well paying civilian career. You must obtain your service’s full description of the job title(s) that you have obtained through the military. This information must be used in conjunction with guides like the latest ‘Employee Outlook Handbook’ which is available through the Department of Labor and Statistics. All schools, classes, and verifiable training should be evaluated for translation.
Utilize Federal, and Local Veterans Offices
Although many activities can be completed exclusively online, the use of the local VA offices is paramount to the successful procurement of stable employment. The staff and information available via these organizations are vital resources for the transitioning veteran. They are often easy to locate, and provide meetings, events, and job related services to ease the transition.
Use Available Systems
Veteran offices, websites, networking applications, cell phones applications and tools, Veteran’s clubs, veteran service centers, and a myriad of other resources should be employed to help you transition from uniformed service to civilian life. An organized network developed to encompass all of these tools is on of the veteran’s greatest allies. Consideration should be made for any available system designed for employment and organization.
Create a Resume Utilizing a Job Opening’s Specific Description
Simply use the job title and description posted for a desired position as a guide to developing a targeted resume. This tactic is especially useful if your skill set closely matches those outlines in the posting. The resume should be as close to the description as possible without simply copying the text and altering a few words.
These 5 tactics can lend efficiency and organization to you post military job search. The savvy veteran will seek to effectively combine them with his or her overall approach to transition.
Good luck and Happy Job hunting!
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