By answering these questions and subsequently establishing goals, transitioning servicemembers reduce the stress associated with finding employment.
Once career goals are established, it's vital for transitioning servicemembers to revise their resumes and cover letters to reflect past experiences and tailor them for the particular job they seek. The Military Advantage
warns that employers typically choose resumes that best match the open position.
Veterans can also check online job boards like Military.com/Careers
for employment opportunities. And, it's a good idea to check company websites for opportunities to apply online. (Most companies list job opportunities under the "About Us" link.)
What's more, there are resources available to transitioning servicemembers interested in government employment. The Veterans Preference system ensures that veterans have priority for government employment.
But all the preparation and planning in the world cannot stop a slow job market. Sometimes the jobs just aren't there, which leads to stress and frustration. That stress and frustration can prompt former servicemembers - and civilians too - to take the first job offered to them. Of course bills have to be paid, but it's always best to wait for the best opportunity, to accept a job in which you will flourish.
A career transition can feel like a full-time job in itself, but a sound plan and the right attitude will ensure veterans find the right fit.