Guest Post: Career transitioning from military to civilian life

26 Jun

Thanks to Emma Banks for this guest post. 

Debunking Post-Military Job-Hunting Myths


Reintegrating yourself to the flow of every day civilian life is a universal struggle faced by all former military personnel. Though there are countless hardships you will face in your return from the military, many of them are not as difficult as you have been led to believe.


One of the primary concerns faced by individuals and their families upon their discharge from the military is the task of finding a new job in the civilian world, a world that is very different from the one that all soldiers and their families have come to know. When it comes to beginning your post-military career it is imperative that you develop the ability to see through the endless streams of myths that circulate around the dreaded task of job-hunting. To help you through this process I have compiled a list of what I believe are four of the most daunting myths when it comes to job-hunting for former soldiers and their spouses, followed by how each one of them is false.


Myth #1: The most qualified candidates always get the job.

Truth: This myth is exceptionally effective in discouraging veterans and spouses from even applying for some jobs because there are a lot of jobs within the military that do not provide very many essential job skills for the civilian world, and many military spouses spend years or even decades without a job while their spouse is enlisted. However, the notion that the only qualities companies look for in new employees are job skills is simply false. Robert Half International provided research to support this fact stating that, “46% of executives say they rely heavily on instinct when making hiring decisions, and 49% follow their gut at least some of the time.”


Myth #2: It’s too difficult to find non-military jobs after I’ve been in the military for so long.

Truth: While the change from military to civilian life is immensely difficult, it is a change that most veterans and their families will have to go through, and as such it is important to remember that as the difficult task of finding a job after the military is incomparable to the difficult tasks that you faced as a soldier or while your husband/wife was away on deployment. You should consider utilizing the services of a recruiting firm such as Recruit Military, where they offer help with writing resumes, online job boards, and host job fairs across the country.



Myth #3: Asking someone for a referral is time-consuming and annoys them.

Truth: While asking someone for a referral can be time-consuming, it is far less time-consuming than filling out endless applications which, without any references, are unlikely to ever elicit a response. Furthermore, if the people that you are considering asking for a reference from would view trying to help you as “annoying”, then those people are not people that you should ask for references from. In order to streamline the referral process, many companies have even started to partner with services such as JIBE, a mobile recruiting company that uses your social networking sites to connect to referrals.


Myth #4: The types of jobs a veteran can get are limited and hard to find.

Truth: There are no jobs that can legally bar someone from employment solely due to the fact that have served in the military, therefore, the types of jobs a veteran can get are exactly as plentiful and easy to find as the jobs anyone else can get. Furthermore, most companies are actually rewarded for hiring former service-members in addition the reward they will receive by hiring a veteran: a hard-working, dedicated, mature, and professional employee.



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



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