Transitioning to civilian employment can be quite challenging for our veterans and their families. Often times the transition happens quickly and without a great deal of warning. However, many organizations make it a part of their company’s mission to hire veterans and their families. MAU is proud to be able to put people to work and make lives better. However, we want to continue to do all we can to hire our nation's heroes and their families. Keep these three tips in mind during your transition from military to civilian life and you’ll be employed as a civilian in no time!
Decode your MOS / AFSC/ Rating
Many of the skills acquired in our U.S. Armed Forces translate seamlessly into a number of civilian careers. However, many civilians never joined the elite ranks of our U.S. Armed Forces and therefore have no idea what your MOS / AFSC / rating really mean. Decoding your title and skill-set for the person reading your resume can make your job search much smoother. If you need assistance translating your military skills to civilian jobs, visit Military.com's skills translator. The job market is very military friendly. In 2015 the American Veteran unemployment rate reached the lowest level in seven years! Don’t let your next opportunity get lost in translation.
Military Spouse Stability is Possible
Life of a military spouse can be unpredictable to say the least. Constant relocation makes it challenging to find a career you can stick with for the long-term. Due to advances in technology and workplace initiatives targeted at military spouses, it is now much easier to grow in a career despite the challenges the military life may bring. There are quite a few remote and freelance opportunities available as well as temporary work that is as flexible as the life of a military spouse demands.
Utilize Your Resources
Numerous organizations offer special programs aimed at helping veterans and their families find work while transitioning to civilian life. Places like the VA (Veterans Administration) offer programs such as Make the Connection. You are able to find resources near you such as your local VA and other community resources. You can also check with nonprofit organizations such as Hire Heroes USA for job opportunities. Their motto is “transforming military service into civilian success." Lastly, check out your local staffing agencies and recruiting firms. Here at MAU, we are mentors and advisors. Yes, we match candidates to relevant job opportunities. But, more than that, we work closely with you to identify your long-term career path; we support your individual growth through skills training and guidance. We aim to give you the personal attention you deserve because we know it’s not just about your job – it’s about your life, your family and your future.
While we take this 2016 Memorial Day to remember those who have given their life for our country, we must remember to do all we can to help those who are still here fighting for our country’s liberties and freedoms! Memorial Day; a day spent reflecting and commemorating the sacrifices of an innumerable amount of men and women who served and lost their lives in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a day held in observance of these valiant service member’s duty, honor, and selfless service. As we pay homage to those that paid the ultimate price, let us continue to nurture and support our veterans that make it home.