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Launching a Successful Civilian Career After the Military

The U.S. economy has been recovering steadily over the past few years, but finding a job can still be a challenging prospect. On top of this, if you're transitioning from the military into civilian life, you might struggle with feelings of self-doubt and additional worry about the job market. Don't lose hope! You're not alone in this transition, as many programs exist to help you and your family enter the civilian workforce with a good job doing something you love. First, you need to be aware of some common misconceptions about finding a job. I'm going to debunk some common myths so you can get out into the civilian workforce with confidence.

Myth #1: Finding a job will be difficult and take too long.
Truth: While you might spend some time finding something you enjoy, rest assured that there are a lot of jobs on the market today, and companies have streamlined the application process to help you. Many businesses recognize that applicants lead busy lives so they've mostly eliminated traditional methods like paper applications. Top companies like AT&T and Walmart have partnered with a platform called JIBE, a mobile recruiting company which allows you to upload resumes and other supporting documents directly from your smartphone or tablet.

Myth #2: I won't be able to find a civilian job that directly relates to my position in the military.

Truth: While you served a specific purpose in the military following direct orders and objectives, that doesn't mean that you have to settle for something totally opposite in the civilian workforce. In fact, many civilian jobs speak directly to what you did during your military career. You just have to know where to look. Fortunately, Military.com's Translator Function can help. Simply input details about your service such as rank, pay grade and functions to find corresponding civilian work.

Myth #3: My resume should exaggerate my skills to the point that I appear perfect.

Truth: No one is perfect, and even if you sound like a superhero on paper an employer won't believe it. Don't use tricks and gimmicks to make yourself stand out. As a veteran, you've got many valuable attributes that companies need so don't sell yourself short by exaggerating your skills. Instead, craft a great resume that highlights how you can benefit the company and how your traits speak directly to the position for which you're applying. This will be far more impressive than a "perfect" resume.

Myth #4: I took so many orders as a service person that I should just accept a non-management role in the civilian workforce.

Truth: You might have honed your skills as a follower during your military career, but that actually could help you become a more successful leader in civilian life. Many veterans branch out of the military to take on active leadership roles in large companies or even become self-employed entrepreneurs on their own. The critical thinking, perseverance and motivation you honed during your military career will be particularly advantageous in the business world. If you want to develop those inherent leadership skills further, then check out the U.S. Small Business Administration's website. They've developed a program that specifically helps veterans to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.

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 http://smileasithappens.blogspot.com/

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