It’s easy to get caught up in the circumstances when searching for a job. Specifically for veterans, the state of our economy and the high percentage of unemployment can be a cause of distress and discouragement.
How do you get around this? How do you acknowledge the situation without letting it drag your job-search to the ground?
First, make your job search about yourself. Don’t blame the situation. Focus your efforts on what you can bring to the table, how you are qualified, what experience you have, and how you can help a potential employer better their business.
Then, be creative. Figure out a way around the obstacles. Rarely is there a situation that can’t be attacked from a different angle, and this is certainly true with job-searching.
You learned to do all this on a daily basis in the military. Not all circumstances are favorable. A lot of times you have a disadvantage. But did you let that prevent you from succeeding?
The same theory goes for job-seeking. The unemployment rate for veterans in higher than the national average. That is a fact right now, and it can’t be avoided.
But you have a choice: Are you going to let numbers on a paper defeat you? Are you going to focus on a statistic and blame it for the challenge before you? Or are you going to do the best YOU can, make the most YOUR experience and talent, show employers why YOU are qualified, and use every resource available to YOU, as a veteran?
This is our challenge to you. We offer the resources to help you find civilian employment, and now the decision lies with you: Are you going to use them?
Our five major resources include:
- Opportunity Expos, which are free hiring fairs for veterans all across the country.
- Resume Database, where employers search for qualified candidates to fill their positions.
- Job Board, which has over 332,000 jobs from companies looking to hire former military.
- Franchise Center, which is a great place to find opportunities for owning your own business.
- Education Center, which offers many educational opportunities, info about military friendly schools, and how to use your benefits.