One of the challenges military service members face when transitioning to a civilian life is giving a job interview. It’s not because they are not up to the task, but because translating their experience in the military life to civilian professional life and describing how they can be a great addition to their employer’s workforce is not always smooth.
You can’t understand a chemical engineer’s lingo about complex compounds if you don’t have any former experience or insight in their field. Similarly, an employer interviewing candidates for a position in sales and marketing will not be able to make sense of the ins and outs of the military world.
Transform your experience into relevant civilian skills before you head out for an interview. It’s simple if you know the right tactics. Here are three:
1. Do Every Type Of Research
Find articles on acing job interviews online. Visit LinkedIn profiles to discover how people showcase their skills and experience for a certain type of employer. Read the job description you are interested in multiple times to understand what the company is looking for.
Also, talk to people. This includes anyone from the military life who has successfully secured a good job in the civilian world, as well as someone serving the same professional position (in another company) which you are interested in. They can educate you regarding the lingo, skills and conduct associated with the industry, and provide any additional helpful insights.
2. Focus On Your Leadership And Teamwork Skills
Many people outside military don’t have enough knowledge, other than what they’ve seen
on media, to know that m
ilitary personnel are perhaps one of the most adaptable people, able to manage changing demands of the situations on field which are not dissimilar in nature when compared to the changing demands of clients and customers in a typical civilian job.
Focus on that; go beyond your former position and duties, and highlight your management skills in terms an employer from the civilian world can relate to.
3. Get Help From Transition Assistance Experts
Check out the army to civilian transition assistance solutions. They have all the information regarding any learning opportunities, and comprehensive guidance for landing a great army job. Having worked with hundreds of army veterans, they are equipped with the knowledge and resources to identify the right language to convert your service experience into something valuable from interviewer’s point-of-view.
HOOA’s website enables you to access to resources you may need to help you make the transition in or out of the U.S. army. This includes DA Forms, APFT score calculation tools, veteran support center details and more.