Thursday, August 15, 2013

Keys to a Successful Transition (Guest Post from Ms. Emma!)

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           I would say, the number one concern for many transitioning families, and definitely for ours, is what exactly we'd  like to do now that active duty service is over. I have already had to, regrettably, informed my Husband, that racing in the Monaco Grand Prix is not his best career move. Luckily for us, just as Hubby and I are busy taking our first baby steps in the transition to civilian life, Emma, from Smile As It Happens, has offered to share a few tips on the subject. Hurray for Guest Posts! Please make sure you check out Emma's blog, and Facebook page too.  <3 - Kendra
Keys to a Successful Transition: Debunking the Myths about Post-Military Employment

Are you facing a transition from the military back into civilian life? It doesn’t matter whether you are finishing a minimum commitment or retiring from service after a long military career. Either way, this transition presents challenges, and most military personnel facing this transition experience some anxiety. As you begin looking for non-military jobs, you will most likely encounter some myths about the job search that you now face. Let’s take a look at four of these myths and the truth behind them.

Myth #1: It will be too difficult to find a non-military job after a long time in the military.

Truth: Throughout your military career, you have learned valuable skills that will be useful to employers in the private sector. In fact, there are many employers that prefer to hire military veterans. Recruit Military is one of several recruiting firms that specializes in connecting military veterans and their spouses with such companies as well as with colleges and other institutions where you can further your education.

Myth #2: Asking for a referral inconveniences and annoys colleagues and superiors.

Truth: Most people who appreciate you and your work will be happy to provide a reference for you. Today’s employers understand the value of people’s time, and many have streamlined the process to make it easier for you and your references. In fact, several top companies now use mobile recruiting platforms, like JIBE, that allow applicants to request referrals directly from social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

Myth #3: Having learned to take orders, military veterans would be best off working for someone else.

Truth: If you want to start a business of your own, go for it. Taking orders is just one of the many skills you learned during your military career, and you have a lot of other valuable skills as well. If you need guidance, you can find it through a program recently launched by the U.S. Small Business Administration. This program helps veterans reinvent themselves as entrepreneurs through classes and mentorship.

Myth #4: Today’s economy leaves no room for salary negotiation.

Truth: In today’s competitive job market, the demand for skilled professionals in a number of fields still outpaces supply. As long as you research average salaries for your area and go into negotiations with accurate knowledge and information, there isn’t any reason to settle for a lower-than-average salary.

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!

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