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Feds Hire Vets - News
Feds Hire Vets - News

It’s a competitive world out there post-military, and you know that.

Getting a job isn’t as simple as sending in a resume and waiting to be called back with an offer. When you apply for a position on our job board for veterans, the company that is hiring could be receiving dozens, hundreds or even thousands of applications and resumes. In a way, it’s like the lottery, except you have to keep working if you win.

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Every year, a quarter-million American service members leave the military and transition back into the civilian world, each with a varying level of technical ability. Service members in nontechnical fields and older veterans who served before the widespread adoption of computers, often find the civilian workforce difficult to navigate without computer skills. 

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Chances are, if you’re using your GI Bill benefits, you’ve probably been in the military for at least a couple of years. That means that you’re somewhere between a bit and a whole lot older than your college classmates. Either way, you’re likely to find that there can be an uncomfortable barrier that exists within the classroom.

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The interview process can feel stacked in favor of the employer, but that isn’t necessarily the case if you come prepared with interview questions and answers. I encourage veterans to realize that their time is as valuable as a potential employer and to enter the interview process with that understanding.

I’m not advocating that veterans approach the experience with arrogance but with a sense of confidence about what they offer and how to communicate their expectations.We see a lot of typical job interview questions that seem to be standard protocol, the goal is preparation!

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For most veterans, separating from military service means a change in career. While a few job fields have direct civilian equivalents, in most cases the veteran will find his or her work duties will change in the civilian workforce.

Sorry folks, there is no Bachelor of Science in Infantry Studies, nor a master’s degree in Line Handling. The skills you learned in the military will always be present, but the civilian world will require an entirely new training evolution.

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WASHINGTON, December 2, 2015 — A concerted national effort to hire veterans, coupled with their sought-after essential skills training, likely had an effect on making October’s veteran unemployment rate the lowest since April 2008, a Defense Department official said Nov. 30. 

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Feeling that nervous tension in your gut about moving out of the military? Finding yourself a little on edge? Six months. 180 days. All of a sudden it doesn’t seem very long.

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If a civilian employer doesn’t ‘get’ your resume, you probably won’t ‘get’ the job. Over Thanksgiving dinner, Aunt Jane asked you to tell her about what you do in the military. You paused, then proceeded with the following dissertation:  “I’m the staff NCO for the O-5 who commands VP-16 for Wing-11. I just got a NAM for preparing the squadron for our deployment work-up inspection.”  Aunt Jane nearly chokes on her stuffing and replies with, “That’s great Richie. I’m glad to hear you enjoy it.”

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“Are you on LinkedIn … you HAVE to be on LinkedIn!”

If you are transitioning from the military any time in the next few years, you are probably getting tired of hearing this. Everyone from your career counselor to the neighbor down the street has let you know that LinkedIn is the place to be as a job seeker.

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For some veterans, the regular cycling between locations is one of the best features of military service. No matter how monotonous the duty, the next deployment or a change in duty station could provide a break in routine or a needed breath of fresh air. Non-desk jobs may be your solution, or at the very least jobs with both desk and field experience.

If you long for the days of alternating between low-stress office duties and the excitement of deploying, there is a glimmer of hope in the civilian world. While most civilian careers have to pick between field and office, here are some of the best out-of-office and field work  jobs you can get. 

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