2 options you have when searching for a new job

The transition from the military to the civil sector is certainly a stressful period and can seem as if all the skills and knowledge you acquired are no longer applicable, but the truth is the exact opposite. Because such skills and experience are acquired in specific situations and conditions, they are rare and therefore wanted. Moving from the military to the civil sector does not have to be stressful, it can be a pleasant way full of new experiences and excitement. You’re probably wondering what options are possible for you when looking for a new and different job? What are the ways in which you can reach new positions and career?

Perhaps you have developed very important and useful skills such as teamwork, discipline, good thinking in critical situations, but also leadership and adaptability to new situational frameworks and people of different characters.

It is quite normal that in this transition from military to civilian employment, you look for ways of getting a higher education, training, and certificates related to a field in which you already have some knowledge. The army even supports these kinds of ventures, and it is best to ask them more about the ways in which they can financially help if you decide to improve your education and go back to school.

What you need to pay attention to

It is very important that you well and thoroughly explore all the opportunities and companies in which you could seek employment. Primarily, focus on whether such firms have special programs that employ veterans, and whether there are some professions that you are interested in, and that ask for for a security clearance. Your biography should highlight all the qualities that people of your experience have. It sets you apart from other candidates that don’t have a military background.

Be your own boss

Have you considered the option to start your own business and be your own boss? Or to partner up with some who you trust and who have enough resources (financial or educational) to help you in this? You have already acquired through the military all the skills and knowledge you need to start your business – personal motivation, integrity, leadership, competitive spirit, vision, and tenacity are just some of them. There are many organizations and administrations whose job is to help veterans find resources for starting their own business.

How to present yourself well to future employers

There are certain things that you should especially pay attention to when you are a veteran looking for your new job. Depending on how good you are in this, it depends on how successful and fast you will find your next employment, and how suitable will that job be for you.

If you are trying to find a job in the private sector, it is important that you have a good cover letter. It should give you the opportunity to show your future employer the ways in which you can be essential to their company. The function of the cover letter is by no means the same as in resume. In a resume, you give a broad list of your education, experience, and skills, and in the cover letter, the goal is to show how you can use all that attributes positively in the company of your future employer.

Your biography should be clear, with lists of the outstanding skills, experience, and the education you have gained. You can also add a few hobbies if they act as something that would show you more interesting and as a person of wide interest.

When you go to job interviews, it is very important that you get dressed well. It is not important that your clothes are expensive or in the last fashion. What is important is that you look like a responsible, but also an accessible future employee who takes care of himself/herself and will also take care of the company in which he/she is seeking employment. Equally important is the positive attitude, smile, accessibility, self-confidence and a good handshake.

When you decide on a certain range of occupations and start looking for a job, it’s important to research the firms in which you are looking for a job. You should really understand what their goals, visions, and needs are in order to better present yourself to future employers in a job interview. Do not be afraid to be open, but also retain a degree of professionalism and show the integrity that you have.

Resources veterans should use in finding a job

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Depending on your education that you acquired in the army, as well as from your experience, there are really many skills that are of a great range, which you can use in the search for a job that will suit you most and pay the most. Any work history that you may have before going to the army can be of a use too. In the military, you gained knowledge and skills that are important in finding a good civilian job.

During the military service, most of you were in difficult situations who taught you specific experiences and skills, and perhaps you were in situations where you learned and used a variety of technologies. Some of the soldiers had the opportunity to become experts in certain fields, such as law, administration, finance, technology, marketing or communication.

How to start searching

First and foremost is to find a good program through which you will very easily succeed in translating your military occupation into the civilian you need now. This translation serves to make the skills you gained in the military best translated into those that are necessary for civilian professions. There are indeed a large number of organizations that can help you in this step, but there are also a large number of companies that in their structure have the sector that is in charge of recruiting solely military veterans. Both of them, such said companies and organizations can help you translate your military biography into civilian and thus see which jobs best suits your knowledge, experience, but also your desires and needs.

But, as well as for anyone in the labor market who is looking for the next job, this can be a period that will require time, skill and energy. Finding a new job is generally complicated and requires a lot of effort no matter what your previous occupation and experience are. So be prepared to invest a lot of time and energy into it. It is important to actively search and not passively wait for callbacks from companies to which you sent online applications. Do not think that if you need more time to find a job, it means that your skills are not needed or that they are not good enough. Most people look for a job for months, regardless of their professional expertise. This is the process.

Opportunity for former medics, med techs, and corpsmen

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If you are a veteran who was in the army a medic, med technician or corpsmen, there are a lot of opportunities when you search for your nex employment. The experience and knowledge you gained through your service can be very valuable and what separates you from other candidates on a job interview. Finding a new career can be very stressful, and the job search may take some time. The average period is between weeks and couple of months. In this article below we are going to present to you some options, you should surely explore.

Join the ER Intermediate Care Technician pilot program in 15 VA medical centers across the country. ICTs will perform technical healthcare procedures and work under the supervision of physicians in the VA Emergency Departments.

ICT

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has developed a one-year pilot program that offers Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) positions to separating or recently separated Medics, Med Techs, and Corpsmen. The pilot program will operate in 15 VA Medical Center emergency rooms across the country.

ICTs will perform technical health care procedures under the supervision of Emergency Department Physicians. While employed by VA, participants in the pilot program will be encouraged to leverage existing benefits and VHA education programs to earn degrees and further their healthcare careers.

Apply now:  ICTApplications@va.gov (send resume or inquiry with contact information TODAY!

Who May be Considered

Army Medics, Air Force Med Techs, Coast Guard Hospital Corpsmen and Navy Corpsmen who have recently separated or will soon be separating from the military are welcome to apply. Former Medics, Med Techs, and Corpsmen who are currently VA employees may also be considered for the program.  Veterans eligible for a noncompetitive appointment (30 Percent or More Disabled Veteran, Veteran Recruitment Appointment, or Schedule A).  The eligibility criteria for each appointment is noted below.

30 Percent or More Disabled Veteran

  • Disabled Veterans who retired from active military service with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more; or
  • Disabled Veterans rated by the Department of Veterans as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.

Veteran Recruitment Appointment

 

  • Disabled Veterans; or
  • Veterans who served on active duty in the armed forces during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; or
  • Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the armed forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or
  • Recently separated Veterans (within last 3 years); and
  • Veterans discharged under honorable conditions.

Schedule A

  • Veterans who have a severe physical, psychological or intellectual disability.
  • Veterans who can show proof of disability documented by a licensed medical professional licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or Federal or State agency.
  • Veterans who can provide a certification of job readiness for the job applied for by a licensed medical professional licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or Federal or State agency.

Johnson Controls Inc. | Veteran Employment

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Johnson Controls recognized for leadership in military employment have committed to help to hire more veterans, and spouses in the future.

Nearly 200,000 veterans transition annually from the military to the workforce. This diverse group of talent has extensive leadership training, experience working in teams, flexibility and a sense of loyalty, making military veterans highly sought-after employees for Johnson Controls. We see the potential, we see the acquired knowledge, and we invest great trust in all veterans looking for work after leaving the army.

“Military veterans bring a level of leadership experience that is very valuable to Johnson Controls,” said Ray Cuttino, the lead recruiter in Building Efficiency and a retired Army veteran. “We bring a strong work ethic, identifiable, transferable skills, proven in real-world situations. We understand the importance of staying on the task until the job is done. We know how to evaluate situations and prioritize issues.”

Leadership in military recruitment


A continued commitment to hiring and retaining veterans has earned Johnson Controls recognition for military employment. Johnson Controls was recently named a Top Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs for the eighth consecutive year. This list is a valuable tool for military personnel transitioning into the workforce, as the rankings incorporate recruiting and retention efforts, and special programs for veterans in the workplace. Johnson Controls is proud to rank seventh on this list, which in total represents only 2 percent of 5,000 qualifying companies, and first on the industrial products and services index.

There are approximately 1.1 million identified military spouses in the U.S., another powerful group of potential talent for Johnson Controls. Military Spouse named Johnson Controls to its Top 20 Military Spouse Friendly Employers of 2012.

Continuing our commitment

Maintaining our leadership in military employment requires a continuous commitment to hiring and retaining veterans. As a new member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, Johnson Controls commits to collectively hiring 100,000 veterans with fellow Mission members by 2020. As of March 31, more than 12,100 veterans have been hired by coalition companies. This continued emphasis on recruiting, hiring, and training veterans will undoubtedly strengthen our workforce in the coming years.

Our goal is to help veterans find their new jobs where the valuable skills and knowledge they gain through their service can be put to the best use in the civil workforce. For veterans, their new jobs should be able to satisfy their professional needs, as well as financial ones. These are the people that gained specific skills that are highly valuable and rare. Those skills should be of use to them in their new life as civilians. The transition can be long, heavy and its outcome insecure. That is why we are here to help so that everyone can fully use their potential.