Former military members bring a lot of skills to the table when employment is in question. The discipline, the leadership skills and the strong work ethic they have are highly appreciated among employers. Everyone loves a diligent worker and who can be more diligent than a former member of the military?
When you look the other way around, though, it can get really difficult for these people to find the right military friendly employers to hire them. This is partly because some companies don’t need the skills they are offering and partly because others don’t appreciate those skills or simply aren’t good or likeable enough to the veteran. If you are in this situation right now, you must know how difficult it can get.
You also probably understand that it takes a lot of effort to get hired anywhere nowadays. Your job might be even harder, because you’re not exactly inclined to work just anywhere in order to get some experience. You don’t lack experience and you want to dive right it. Diving right in, however, is much easier said than done.
After your service has ended, you probably don’t want to waste any time lying around and doing nothing. On the other hand, you might be completely puzzled as to what it is that you could do exactly. Instead of searching for the right employer, you’re simultaneously searching for the right job and the right employer. That makes the process twice as difficult.
Just because it is difficult, though, it doesn’t mean that it cannot be done. You of all people should know that. The most important thing you need to remember is that you shouldn’t get discouraged by the complexity of the situation. Where there’s a will, there’s a way and I’m pretty sure that you’ll find the perfect option for you if you only take all the right steps.
If you’re curious about why certain employers don’t hire veterans, here are your answers: https://www.military.com/hiring-veterans/resources/5-reasons-why-employers-are-not-hiring-vets.html
Get Consultations On What You Could Do
As I have already mentioned, making the right career choice can be a bit confusing for a person who has spent their whole adult life so far serving in a military. Even though you might know exactly what sets of skills you possess, you might find yourself wondering if those are enough, if you should change them by learning new things, or if you should stick to what you know. The worst part is, there seems to be no right answer to that.
Before starting to hunt for a job, you should consult with someone with the aim of figuring out what to do. This can be a friend that you trust knows you very well, or a professional consultant. It’s up to you, just as long as you find a way to actually get in touch with all those skills that you possess and figure out which jobs you would both enjoy and be capable of doing.
Look For Veteran Friendly Employers
If anyone were to tell you that veterans have it easy when job hunting is in question, you would probably immediately assume that the person didn’t know what they were talking about. You would be correct in your assumptions. No matter how harsh this might sound, the truth is that some people are, for this or that reason, reluctant to hire veterans and there’s nothing you can do to change that.
There is something you can do to change your course of job hunting by not even coming across those people who are reluctant to hire you. I’m talking about searching for veteran friendly employers. These are like a ray of sunshine for you among all those other individuals who frown at your resume. The best part is, there really are a lot of them out there.
Read Employer Reviews
Now, I wouldn’t want you to immediately jump on board after coming across your first veteran friendly employer. While it’s nice that they are ready to hire you, it doesn’t mean that you should work for people who aren’t known as being very good employers. Make sure to always find out as much about them as possible by asking around and reading reviews, so that you don’t start working at the wrong place.