We publish a selection of recommendations for veterans who are currently looking for work.
Some veterans are looking for work in their specialty, which they had before military service, someone plans to change their field of activity, someone starts their own business. Each of the veterans has a different path to a new job, but there are similar questions that they ask us.
When veterans are going to return to the profession they had before military service, strive to master a new specialty, we most often advise on job search resources and resume design: how to correctly indicate combat experience and write a motivation letter.
We answer common questions from veterans who contacted us for advice:
1. Do I need to include military experience on my resume?
Our recommendation is unambiguous – it is necessary to indicate. Firstly, military service is a long time. If you do not indicate this period in your resume, then a blank spot will appear. At best, you will still be asked about this interview time. And at worst, it will cause you not to be invited for an interview at all. That is, one way or another, the personnel manager will find out about the service, but he will spend much more time. The description of military experience itself is also important.
And, of course, we believe that the military experience and the skills that you gained in the execution of combat missions are incredibly valuable, they just need to be translated into civilian language. And here we are also ready to help veterans.
2. How to look for a job?
Much depends on what kind of job you are looking for: permanent in the office, remote or with daily pay.
In the case of office or remote work, you should use Internet portals, contact specialized groups in social networks and register in a professional network. Get in touch with your friends. You can also search for vacancies in special print media, in regional newspapers you can especially often find such offers.
You can bet on friendship. Tell your friends and acquaintances that you are looking for a job, write about it on social networks. Complete with a short introduction to your skills.
You can also write to the company where you were once refused or view offers that previously did not suit you completely. There is a small chance that some vacancies are still relevant. Take the initiative. This may be very unusual for you, but the company will appreciate it if you write to them yourself.
3. Do I need to write a resume if I am about 20 years old or over 60 years old?
In the modern world, the issue of age is less and less important. They value motivation and what you can give the employer more. A resume should definitely be written: even when your experience is not rich, you definitely have skills and strengths.
A resume should be drawn up and when you are retired or approaching. This will describe the entire experience. And it’s definitely worth backing up your resume with a motivation letter.
4. Do you have to write a cover letter?
A motivation letter is something that an employer will definitely pay attention to. In this letter, you need to emotionally describe how you will be useful to the company. It complements the resume, and sometimes even more important than the list of previous positions.
5. What language should you write your resume in?
It’s simple: in the language of the vacancy. Prepare a resume in several versions and send the required one. You should not send two resumes unless the employer requires it, it is enough to indicate the level of language proficiency in the resume.
6. What if I have no experience other than military service?
Changing direction is never easy, regardless of whether previous experience was in the security industry or in the military. However, when a veteran who has dedicated his life to service returns to civilian life, they often perceive the change as a loss of meaning and opportunity.
Veterans often tell us about the uncertainty of what they can do. It sounds like they can’t do anything. But if you look at the situation from the other side, you can see these possibilities.
Imagine that you meet a former teacher who wants to change activities. Can it be argued that such a person can do nothing? Hardly. We will definitely find skills and abilities that will be useful in another industry. Very often, yesterday’s teachers open their own business or become psychologists, managers. And it is the educational experience that can come in handy in a new job.
It’s the same with military service. In the army, the National Guard or other security forces, there are people who have the skills of managers, leaders, personnel officers and the like. It is important to recognize and retell this experience. And then it becomes obvious that there are much more opportunities than it seemed.