Guest Post … The Dreaded Job Search

July 30, 2013

We are on vacation!! Hurray!! {Also, Happy Birthday to my firstborn, my J Girl. I have pictures and words for her tomorrow}.

So I have a guest today … A bit of a departure from my usual fare {this is a bit more on the practical side}  … But beneficial, {I think}, to a decent sized swath of my readers. Emma, from Smile As It Happens, has a heart for veterans and their families, and a desire to serve them. And I am always on board with that. So she is here to offer some practical ways for veterans and their spouses to get their job search started in the civilian job market.

From Service to Employment and Entrepreneurship: Veterans and the Workforce

Transitions in life are often tricky, and none more so than the transition from military to civilian life. Not only must you acclimate yourself to new surroundings and a radically different schedule, but you may have to find a new job as well. One way to make this process smoother, though, is to refuse to believe stubborn, persistent myths about searching for post-military employment.

Myth #1: Members of the military are accustomed to following orders, so they’re better off working for others.

Truth: Following orders and instructions is certainly an important part of military life. But that doesn’t mean that as soon as civilian life commences, veterans aren’t just as capable as anyone else of making their own choices and decisions. Indeed, the courage required of military members often lends itself to courageous decision-making abilities within the business world. And many programs are available offering support to veterans starting their own businesses. In fact, the U.S. Small Business Administration has recently set up just such an educational program.

Myth #2: Finding a job is a long, difficult process.  

Truth: Finding a job has never been simpler. Today, both small businesses and large corporations utilize technology to speed up the application process. For example, the JIBE mobile recruiting platform lets people upload resumes and other application materials using their smartphones. These technological improvements are helpful to applicants and employers alike; they easily work into everyone’s busy schedules.

 Myth #3: As a veteran, there’s nowhere I can go for help starting, maintaining, and growing my business.

Truth: Many organizations provide veterans assistance at all stages of creating and managing a small business, and not just the start-up phase. For example, there’s Inc., which offers training in such areas as legal matters, growth strategies, insurance, budgets, marketing, customer relations, and even choosing a new name for your company.

Myth #4: Employers ask the questions during job interviews, not applicants.

Truth: Employers typically conclude job interviews by asking applicants if they have any questions. Many job-seekers, however, believe this question is a formality, and not an actual invitation. But employers actually do want their applicants to ask thoughtful, to-the-point questions, because such queries demonstrate interest and enthusiasm. Plus, asking questions is a way for you to resolve any lingering uncertainties you might have about a position. Just be sure not to ask anything that could be answered by a simple search of the company’s website.

{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 http://smileasithappens.blogspot.com/!}

I’ll be back soon … lots of vacation photos and how I’m freaking out about the first day of school. And other thoughts.

~M.

 

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