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Job Search After Military Service

The transition from military service to civilian life can be both exciting and daunting, especially when it comes to navigating the job market. The military provides a sense of purpose with well defined roles and a clearly defined system of hierarchy. Statistics show that around three quarters of veterans find the transition challenging and almost half take well over a year to fully adjust as they experience a range of emotions from elation to anxiety.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
June 3, 2024

The transition from military service to civilian life can be both exciting and daunting, especially when it comes to navigating the job market. The military provides a sense of purpose with well defined roles and a clearly defined system of hierarchy. Statistics show that around three quarters of veterans find the transition challenging and almost half take well over a year to fully adjust as they experience a range of emotions from elation to anxiety.

Returning veterans can find that the transition into civilian life brings both unique challenges and opportunities but there are several straight forward and helpful tips that can help veterans of all ages and abilities to successfully navigate the search for a job outside of the military.

Use your military skills and experience. The military instills valuable qualities in individuals such as leadership, discipline, teamwork and problem solving abilities, all of which are highly sought after by employers. Identify how your military service experience can align with civilian roles and highlight these skills on your CV and articulate them during interviews. Place particular emphasis upon your adaptability, resilience and your ability to perform well under pressure which will showcase your value to potential employers.

Take full advantage of the many resources and support services which the military and many other organisations offer and which are specifically tailored to veterans which will offer valuable guidance to help with the transition into civilian jobs. For example, the Royal British Legion Industries help veterans find work or a new career through their employment support programme and the Veterans Gateway can help with creating a CV, practising interview techniques and securing employment. Many veterans have never worked in a civilian job and will therefore find it difficult to write a CV that showcases their skills or to know what to say in an interview situation. From counselling and skills assessments to job placements and networking and training opportunities, these numerous resources will provide much needed assistance at every step of the job search process.

Many industries and sectors value military service and experience and can offer professional opportunities for career stability and advancement so research companies and employers that actively recruit veterans and seek out job openings that align with your skills, interests and career goals.

Networking with fellow veterans and professionals in your desired field is crucial. Connecting with those who have successfully transitioned to civilian careers can provide their own advice and support, having had personal experience. As well as professional advice, former veterans can offer a wealth of personal guidance too, regarding the challenges and concerns that you may be facing. Many veterans can feel isolated so networking and seeking out support as well as accepting offers of assistance is of paramount importance during this time.

Invest in ongoing education and skills development as much as you are able. Of course, your military service provides a solid foundation  but acquiring additional qualifications, certifications and training can enhance your marketability and expand your career options. Consider pursuing anything that aligns with your career aspirations and demonstrate your commitment to continuous learning.

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