Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Top 5 Military Transition Roadblocks

When planning for your transition from the military, you’re likely to anticipate and run into a few roadblocks along the way. Based on our 2016 Military Transition Survey, completed in January 2016, these are the Top 5 Roadblocks for Transitioning Military, and how Orion can help overcome these obstacles. 

1. Matching Your Experience with Civilian Jobs 

This is the number one anticipated concern survey respondents had when transitioning out of the military. The military has its own language; you need to be able to describe your military experience in ways civilians can understand. It may seem a daunting task to effectively translate your military experience on your resume, but you will have to gain the attention of civilian hiring managers who probably don’t understand military lingo. Don’t expect them to be able to translate, you must do it for them. Check out Orion’s guide to translating your experience.

2. Finding a Career that Meets Your Professional Desires

There is a lot to think about when exploring civilian careers after transitioning out of the military. For example, you’ll consider location, salary, work schedule, benefits, and other aspects of the job and decide which of those are the most important to you. Allow one of our recruiters to help you find that perfect career for you. All of our recruiters are former military, just like you. They understand your unique situation and are the experts on the best way to present yourself to the companies and positions in which you are interested in. Contact an Orion recruiter today!

3. Deciding What You Really Want to Do 

Making the decision on what you want to do for your next career can be a difficult. Ensure the job you take is the job you WANT. Orion’s experts listen to your desires and preferences and look for positions that match your requirements. Orion’s Transition Corner is a great resource for job seekers who need the guidance of someone who has already been through the process. Within our resources center, you’ll learn from veterans who’ve already made the transition from military to civilian life, read our step-by-step information on planning your transition and finding a career, and browse our resources for spouses and family members.  

4. Ability to Best Communicate Your Skills and Experience to Civilian Employers 

All this talk of practical examples and civilian skill sets should not, however, deter you from highlighting the skills you developed in the military. These skills are highly valued by civilian employers. You are an innovative thinker with a strong work ethic, and you understand the value of teamwork. You have the energy and dedication to provide top-notch customer service, and you’ve developed cutting edge technical skills. 

While these assets cannot always be clearly conveyed on a resume, you can certainly showcase them in your interview. To help you, review the four basic steps you should take when preparing for an interview: 1) research yourself, 2) practice, 3) research the company, and 4) logistically prepare. 

5. Getting Hiring Managers to Respond

We understand one of the toughest parts of finding a new career is getting in front of a hiring manager. Orion positions you in front of employers and hiring authorities. We provide several different methods for you to interview, including over 75 hiring conferences each year, our trademarked Mini-Conference® process, and direct placement.

Orion will help you make the transition into the civilian workforce by matching your skills and career goals with opportunities within America’s finest companies. Orion will also work with you to build your resume, provide you with transition advice and assistance, prepare you for interviews, and arrange interviews for positions that are a match with your background, qualifications, and desires. 

No matter how far out you are form your transition, it is never too early to start planning your civilian career. Register with Orion Today!

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