From Camouflage to White Collar: Finding a Job After the Military

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Once you retire or leave the military, you might find the process of getting back into the civilian way of life challenging, especially if you’re trying to find a job. Job-hunting presents a challenge for everyone, but it can be especially overwhelming when you’ve just left an all-consuming entity like the military. You might not know it, but many resources exist to help you with this transition, and you’re not alone. The following presents some common myths about transitioning to the civilian workforce and how you can overcome them.


Myth #1: It’s too hard to find a job, and it takes too long.

Truth: This might have been true in the days before digital technology, but you no longer have the excuse of time on your side. In fact, it’s never been easier to locate and apply to jobs than it is today. Very few companies still rely on traditional application processes; most now opt for the digital variety by posting positions online and allowing you to apply directly on their websites. Some tech-savvy Fortune 500 companies such as AT&T and GM use JIBE, a mobile recruiting company, to provide a platform that allows you to post resumes and other documents right from your smartphone. These features will help to save you time and get you back to work quickly and easily.


Myth #2 Despite all the organizations that exist to help veterans find a job, I won’t be able to speak to an actual individual for help.

Truth: The Gold Card program allows veterans from post-9/11 forward to speak to individual career counselors concerning job help. The program’s One-Stop Career Center includes a wide array of resources to this class of veterans, from one-on-one interviews to progression checks and everything in-between. You can rest easy knowing that you’ll find the help you need from an authentic career counselor dedicated to helping former service members find and maintain civilian employment.


Myth #3: Companies won’t hire me because I was fired from my previous job.

Truth: If this were true, then people would never have progressed beyond the Industrial Revolution. Businesses are not slave owners, and you aren’t a slave. Unless you were fired for something illegal, then chances are your employers will never find out that you were fired from your last job unless you tell them. Legally, employers can’t divulge why you left. If you choose to be honest and give your new employer the details then that’s up to you. Otherwise, move on and apply for a new job. Let the past lie. Just remember that if you do divulge the information, be diplomatic. They might hire you if you were fired from your last job, but they won’t tolerate people who speak negatively of their former employers, no matter what happened.


Myth #4: I might be able to find a job as a veteran, but my spouse won’t get the help he or she needs.

Truth: While uprooting your family has the unintended consequence of making it difficult for your spouse to find employment, the White House has initiated a new program to help military spouses with this very aspect. Joining Forces offers career advice and guidance to military spouses and veterans, working together to find solutions to career issues and problems. You won’t need to worry about your spouse while you’re on active duty, and you’ll be able to find employment as a veteran as well with this comprehensive program.



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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