Having a job in the military is a rewarding and fulfilling career choice for thousand of men and women. Some people choose to say in the army, navy or air force for all of their working lives. But others prefer not to enlist again when their contracts are up for renewal.
Instead, they want to move back to a civilian lifestyle and apply the military skills they learned to an industry. The big problem that people in the military face is transitioning back into civilian life. Sure, they will still remember what it was like before they enlisted.
But, for many veterans, they don’t know how to “civilianize” their resumes. And while they might possess the skills needed for the jobs they want, they won’t even reach the interview stage. In today’s handy guide, I will show you how to make the transition into a civilian job. Here is what you need to know:
Be more relaxed
When you spend a large period of your life in the military, you will be used to conform to a particular discipline or way of doing things. Structure and routine play a massive role in any military job. To an extent, that also applies to civilian jobs.
But when you work outside of the military, you also need to be more “human.” There is a perception by non-military people that servicemen and women are intense and too serious. Employers need to know those they hire will “fit in” with their potential new colleagues.
That means adapting to a different working environment and way of doing things. When you get invited for an interview, you should make sure that you don’t portray that tough and rigid military demeanor.
Be prepared to travel for work
Plenty of folks have to relocate so that they can get a decent job. If that’s something you need to do, the good news is there are plenty of apartments you can rent on a short-term or long-term basis.
As a former military person, there are plenty of places to rent that comprise of former and serving military personnel. That way you can find new friends that will understand your background. Click here to see some examples of what I mean.
Translate your skills into something everyone will understand
Let’s say that you worked in 67J Aeromedical Evacuation. What does that even mean to people with no experience of the military? As you probably know, the role involved serving as a trained aeromedical evacuation aviator.
If you’re looking for jobs at local hospitals, you can say that you learned the following skills in your military career:
- Emergency medical care;
- Medication administration;
- Patient assessment and care; and
- Treatment evaluation.
You could use those skills to get trained as a paramedic, nurse or doctor. When you apply for jobs, you should always tailor your resumes for the roles you want to get. Don’t send out a “cookie cutter” resume to people!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
My final tip is to make sure you don’t try to do everything alone. That’s because you aren’t alone! There are many organizations that can help you build a glowing resume. All you need to do is ask. Good luck!