If you’ve served in the military for any amount of time you may be concerned about making a military transition to civilian life. Even if you are at a point in your military career where you are ready to make a change it can still lead to feelings of apprehension. Numerous veterans before you have gone through the same type of feelings. Here we’ll take a look at some tips for making a military transition to civilian life.
Be Prepared For The Added Cost Of Living It Will Take Being In The Civilian World
A significant number of veterans underestimate how much it will cost when they transition from being in the military to living as a civilian. Some veterans will experience months of having to search for a job. Others will need to accept a cut in pay and may need to start in an entry level position and work the way up.
As a civilian, you will also face other costs that you didn’t have when serving. You will need to pay for your own health insurance and it can often be expensive. Even if the job that you go to offers insurance it may take up to 90 days before the policy kicks in. This means if you are a family member needs to go to the doctor or the hospital the insurance may not cover it until it kicks in.
Selling Yourself May Feel Counterintuitive
In the military, you are often required to present yourself very accurately and you are taught not to misrepresent yourself in any way. When it comes time to selling yourself and presenting your best qualities in the best light, it often makes someone who has been trained by the military feel as though they’re misrepresenting themselves. Doing this for a civilian who has not served is more natural but difficult for those that have had honor codes and other such things drilled into them for years.
Even if it is uncomfortable, the majority of those who go into civilian life will find it necessary to learn how to sell themselves if they want to get a position that they will be happy with. Military personnel are often highly organized and self-sufficient. These are qualities that many employers will see as valuable. For this reason, it is important that you present those qualities in the best light possible and do it with the pride that you should have in your abilities.
Be Able To Clarify Your Skill Sets
Because most military personnel are very self-sufficient and organized they often consider themselves a jack-of-all-trades. The problem is that when you go in for an interview that the hiring manager is looking for specific skills. This means that you need to be able to articulate specific skills that you can bring to the table for the position that you’re applying for.
Telling the hiring manager that you can do anything that is needed will leave them feeling uneasy. This is a good quality for the military but not always the best for a civilian job. This means you need come to terms with the specific skill sets that you have and that you can give the company in the position that you’re applying for.