Re-entering the Work Force post-Military
What do the United States Military and Corporate America have in common? With over 180,000 service men and women transitioning annually from military jobs to civilian life, hopefully the answer will be a significant amount. According to a 2002 Department of Defense study entitled “Married to the Military”, about half of all active-duty members of the armed forces will be married by the time they enter their fifth year of service. Therefore, the challenge faced by those who have proudly served our country increases significantly, as there may be a military wife or husband who will, as a result of re-entry, also face a career adjustment. The societal challenge for our nation is to provide all these deserving veterans jobs that will be prosperous and fulfilling for them, while meeting the needs of a corporate American company or one of the many federal jobs or government jobs available for them to fill.
Whether an individual is facing military transition after a full career in the armed forces, was a member of the National Guard or Reserve, or was enlisted, veterans have both special privileges and special needs in their job transitions. Re-entry into the workforce after any period of absence, whether due to parenting, recreation, or illness, requires thought, preparation, planning, and commitment. Many transitioning service members, regardless of length of service or age, have never looked for a job or written a resume, let alone had a job interview!
So let’s answer the question posed at the opening of our article: what commonalities exist between the U.S. Military and all those employment opportunities within Corporate America? Many employers realize the value of bringing veterans on board. Attributes honed in the military include dedication, leadership, teamwork, a work ethic that is second to none and cross-functional skills. Additionally, many come out with leadership experience, education and skills that are sought after and valued by employers. The outdated notion that military personnel are simply order-takers, unable to think well on their own has been replaced by positive descriptors, such as creative thinkers, hard-workers, conscientious, clean-cut, and drug-free.
For these reasons, many civilian industries are stepping up their military recruitments, and it’s increasingly easy for employers and job hunters to make a match. One of the most effective methods to connect veterans and employers is online, with a directory such as that offered by MilitaryConnection.com. Like an online “matchmaker”, this web site is the go to place for transitioning and job-seeking veterans looking for a “one-stop” shop, offering resources for obtaining outstanding government, federal and civilian jobs. The website offers one of the most comprehensive online directories of military resources and information. There is information and resources to assist not only those re-entering the workforce, but any individual who needs help with resume preparation, military loans, military schools, job fairs and placement, and many other related topics.
With so many American companies and federal agencies boosting their military recruiting efforts and launching military hiring programs for the first time, the perfect place to start researching and pursuing workforce re-entry is a website such as MilitaryConnection.com.
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