Career Tips for Transitioning Veterans
At UPS, we believe some of the best employees are those with drive, dedication and a unique sense of leadership. That’s why we love hiring former military members. They possess a distinct set of skills that match our wide array of career opportunities. However, for many veterans, it can be difficult getting that job you want. That’s why we aim to help former military get their feet in the door of opportunity. Are you looking to make your career mark? Look no further than these tips designed to help veterans find a career in the civilian world.
One of the most important first steps is crafting a resume that speaks to your skills. Remember: First impressions are everything. By being simple, direct and attentive to quality, you can put your skills in front of the eyes of people who matter when it comes to applying for a job.
Finding how your military experience translates into the private sector means describing your duties in ways that everyone can understand. Expand acronyms, and write out terms and descriptions that make recruiters fully appreciate your experience. For further guidance, use tools like resumeengine.org, which lets you use your military job code to create a list of civilian skills.
For many, the hardest part is making yourself stand out among others applying for the same position. The best advice is to market yourself in a way that establishes a positive reputation, promotes your accomplishments and makes your skills more visible.
Cleaning up your social channels is a great first step in this direction. Be mindful of what you post, who you post about, and where you post from. Omit or edit anything that may seem insensitive. As a rule of thumb, ask yourself, “Would you say this in person?” If not, don’t post.
Conversely, you can use social media as a way to make your skills more visible to others. Whether it’s a blog, podcast or video series, you can showcase all the things that can make you a great asset.
Finally, networking with others is a vital component of marketing yourself. Sites like LinkedIn allow you to connect with those in similar professions. Moreover, face-to-face networking at career fairs, or even with friends and family, can serve as a great way to get yourself out there.
So, you’ve built a great resume, marketed yourself perfectly, and have landed the interview. This is what you’ll have to prepare for the most.
First, know what you should wear. This depends on the position, but the best rule to keep in mind is: “dress like you think your boss would.” Typically, that means overdressing more than you would regularly while on the job. Next, bring copies of your resume, a notebook and pen to take notes, and any other materials that showcase your skills.
Finally, know the difference between civilian interviews and interviews with a military board. For interviews in the private sector, employers will want to know about your experiences in detail. Avoid being rigid and brief, and use terms that civilians can understand. Show them you’ve done your research.
Interested in more tips and advice regarding transitioning to a civilian career? Look no further than military.jobs-ups.com for all the resources, guides and info you’ll need as you take your next step.