Showing posts from October, 2014

An Ounce of Prevention - 3 Ways for Veterans to Prepare for Civilian Employment

I'm sure you've heard the term, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Nothing could be more true when it comes to preparing for work outside of the military. Don't believe the hype that your recruiters told you and think that your military experience alone will help you land that great job; even with all of that leadership time you have. If you do, you may just be in for a rude awakening. Of course there are always exceptions to that rule, but if you want to guarantee success here's a few things you'll need to do:

1. Fancy Pieces of Paper!Everyone loves fancy pieces of paper, especially when their name is on it. You know, the ones you see hanging up all over your bosses office. You know who loves these more? Business looking to hire! Get industry or commercial certifications for whatever type of employment you are looking to pursue. The military offers all kinds of certifications through their perspective education centers or your unit schools…

The Military to Civilian Transition - A story of what to do, and not do.

Transitioning from military to civilian can be especially tough, especially for our returning combat veterans. More often than not when it comes to getting discharged,  we focus more on our soon to be freedom than what we need to do to prepare ourselves for a new life of uncertainty, way too many options, and no longer having those around you that share those relatable “combat” experiences. While everyone else was going to college, partying, and living in relative peace and comfort, you were out patrolling the streets of some foreign country trying not to get yourself killed and make sure you got home in one piece.
I was in the Army for 15 years and completed 5 deployments during my time in service. I also got out of the Army briefly after my first taste of combat, and because I didn't prepare myself well enough for the culture shock that civilian life brings, I chose to go back in. When I got out for good in 2012, I decided that I wasn't going to let that happen again. Here’…