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Most Common Military Transition Mistakes

Most Common Military Transition Mistakes. The people who make the fewest mistakes usually wins the game!. Military Transition Mistakes. Lack Of A Realistic Understanding Of The Basic Employment Challenges Faced When Transitioning From Military To Civilian.

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Most Common Military Transition Mistakes

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  1. Most Common Military Transition Mistakes The people who make the fewest mistakes usually wins the game!

  2. Military Transition Mistakes Lack Of A Realistic Understanding Of The Basic Employment Challenges Faced When Transitioning From Military To Civilian Moving from the military into a civilian labor force will pose a number of unique challenges for exiting vets. Not knowing what these challenges are, and how to cope with them, put transitioning vets at a serious disadvantage when looking for work.

  3. Military Transition Mistakes Don’t Do A Very Good Job Of Narrowing Down Post-Military Employment and/or Educational Options Not being able to define and prioritize post-military options are two of the root causes for higher levels of anxiety, confusion, and stress for exiting vets. It seems like there are innumerable options, when in fact, there are only a few to chose from or combine.

  4. Military Transition Mistakes Not Having Resume Content Translated To A Civilian Job Vocabulary. Focus on common language understood by H/R. NCOIC vs. Project or Program Manager with 150 employees…which will have the most impact?

  5. Military Transition Mistakes Thinking Civilians Understand What It Is Like In The Military 1% of working population have ever been in military. Perceptions mostly come from media (TV, negative stories, etc.)

  6. Military Transition Mistakes Not Considering “Tweener” Jobs The odds of finding a perfect job right after exiting the service is somewhat unrealistic. Newly discharged or retired vets often need to ease their way back into the civilian labor market. Taking temp work, or a job that you don’t plan to make a new career of, is a great way to avoid job gaps, explore new careers, and acclimate to the civilian labor market…and make a few bucks before pursuing your “perfect job.”

  7. Military Transition Mistakes Not Planning Ahead And Lacking A Future Focus There’s a tendency for exiting military to blow off activities that help them plan for a new career after military service. This results in crisis-related actions and decisions instead of well thought out ones. Seems like job finding and career decision making take a back seat to other things that need to be done before discharge or retirement.

  8. Military Transition Mistakes Not Taking Advantage Of Military Sponsored Employment and Reentry Support Way too many exiting military don’t put the time and energy needed to benefit from TAP programs. Most bases and many One Stops have some sort of job search and career decision making courses…but the sessions are rarely full. Many colleges/community colleges have “what do you want to be when you grow up” courses designed for service men and women…again, they’re not well attended in most instances.

  9. Military Transition Mistakes Chasing Only Money Without Considering Personal Values You can’t take it with you. All the money in the world, without moral fulfillment rarely breeds true happiness or true friends. Start making career decisions with your personal values and abilities. Then look for jobs that allow you to live a realistic and happy lifestyle.

  10. Military Transition Mistakes Chasing Jobs That Are No Longer Available Many higher paying jobs, requiring little education, experience, or training have been lost and a number of job titles disappear each year. A little bit of time spent researching an occupation’s growth, labor supply, and local demand goes a long way towards warding off the frustration of looking for big-money ghost occupations.

  11. Military Transition Mistakes Not Being Willing To Relocate Sometimes you have to go where the food is…whether you like it or not.

  12. Military Transition Mistakes Not Understanding The Art Of Networking This is still one of the most powerful ways to find job prospects, promote your value, expand the number of people who know you’re looking for work, and tell people what you can do for employers. The use of social media is just another way to network.

  13. Military Transition Mistakes Passing Up Networking Opportunities Shy? Don’t like to mingle? Feel uncomfortable asking for information and help? Don’t like promoting yourself? Get over it or plan on a lengthy period of unemployment.

  14. Military Transition Mistakes Not Knowing What You’re Worth In The Local and National Labor Market Compensation is always based on the local supply and demand of the job you’re seeking. Shooting too high or too low has the same results…rejection. Labor market research is the only way to find out what you’re worth to an employer.

  15. Military Transition Mistakes Creating Resumes and Applications That Don’t Match Job Descriptions…Word For Word Applicant Tracking Systems match what you write against keywords and skills desired by the employer. If you don’t meet every single requirement posted in the job description and advertisement, you will be rejected.

  16. Military Transition Mistakes Wrong Amount Of Resume Space On Education For GSJobs Up to GS-12, educations is a critical factor After GS-12, performance, hitting goals, and achievements take precedence.

  17. Military Transition Mistakes Trouble With Discussing Why They Want To Work At This Company • This is one of the top 5 questions used to make a hiring decision. • This is really three questions in one. • What do you know about the company? • How did you find out about it? • How did what you found out steer you to us?

  18. Military Transition Mistakes Becoming Myopic…Only Looking For Government Or Governmental Contract Job Even though these employers are G.I. friendly, this narrow focus seriously limits your job opportunities. Military folks need to be much more creative when prospecting for job leads.

  19. Military Transition Mistakes Not Investing Enough Time Determining What They Can Offer A Company Too many veterans start a job search by defining what they want…wrong. Vets need to create a series of accomplishment statements showing how what they’ve done in the military directly relates to the job demands and how it impacts the company’s bottom line.

  20. Military Transition Mistakes Not Using The G.I. Bill To Get Further Education and Doing A Cost/Benefit Analysis Of More Education Education = higher lifetime pay, better job satisfaction, less frequent job loss, and shorter periods of unemployment. Vets need to evaluate the cost/benefit of more education before making decisions about the type of education they might want to pursue.

  21. Military Transition Mistakes Poor Financial Management and Having Unrealistic Pay Expectations Nothing is more disheartening than thinking you’ve got enough money when discharged or retiring and finding out that you’re way off. Developing an in-depth budget and comparing pre-exit expenses to post-exit expenses is crucial …before leaving the military. This is another instance of needing to do some serious research on local compensation.

  22. Military Transition Mistakes They’ve Not Prepared For Rejection Shock Rejection is more common than acceptance for job seekers. People not ready for the shock of rejection begin suffering from anxiety, depression, and many other emotional, relationship, and physical problems.

  23. Military Transition Mistakes Developing An Entitlement Mindset Just because you risked your life, was deployed multiple times, or was injuredor wounded doesn’t mean you’re entitled to anything or gives you the right to think others owe you. Always remember, you volunteered for the job.

  24. Military Transition Mistakes Not Translating MOS Skills, Training And Military Certifications and Licenses To Traditional Educational Certifications and Licenses Most employers employers don’t know how an MOS (Army/Marines), AFCS (Air Force), or NECS (Navy), DMOS (Duty Military Occupational Specialty), MOSQ (Military Occupational Specialty Qualification) relates to the education, skills, and training required for superior job performance. Without a translation to the civilian parallels, rejection is imminent. (VMET) Verification of Military Experience and Training

  25. Military Transition Mistakes Not Spending Adequate Time In Resume Development Quick, dirty, and standard won’t cut it. Develop targeted resumes that show how you meet, and exceed, job posting requirements with related examples supported with measurable results and achievements.

  26. Military Transition Mistakes Not Considering The Psychological Impact Of Transition On Themselves and the Family Leaving the military (job loss) and seeking a new career rate very high in Holmes-Rahe life/stress scale. Add to it the impact on the family and the stress rating hits new highs. There are a number of predictable and emotional reaction to a job loss and career change.

  27. Adapted From Dick Knowdell’s From Downsizing To Recovery Observable Behavior Emotional Reaction Shock Immobilization Disbelief Denial Anger Bargaining Frustration Grieving Resolution Predictable Reactions Silence Blank look, tears Shocked questioning Debate, argument Verbal outbursts Pleading Depression Opening up, futuring Letting go

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