Making the transition from military service to civilian life can be exciting, but also challenging for many veterans. Often, one of the biggest hurdles is the job search process and knowing how to effectively market their skills, experience and passion to employers.
This challenge can be particularly acute for veterans coming off long stints of military service. New technology, social media and other trends have led to some major changes in the hiring process in recent years.
Fortunately, a wide range of resources and information is available to help veterans and military spouses significantly improve their chances of landing a job. To get started, here are a few key suggestions for a post-service job search:
- Setting realistic, achievable goals
- Determining how your skills will transfer to the corporate world.
- Being able to clearly explain those applicable skills and experience to a non-military person.
- Preparing an effective interview
- Crafting a winning resume
- Using social media to aid in your job search
Another valuable resource is Adecco’s Career Connections for Military Spouses and Veterans. Career Connections is a partnership between Adecco and military installations around the country to recruit and hire military spouses and veterans. The program features an initiative geared specifically to military families that includes recruiting from military job fairs and job boards, as well as directly from military bases. In addition to job placement, additional career services available through the program include:
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