/ Asked by D.
What category (i.e. Entry level, Management, Professional, etc) do companies consider placing retired military personnel and how do I cross the chasm to at least be a candidate? I am a retired Navy veteran. However, most positions have statements concerning years of experience in that specific industry or direct experience in that particular position. As a 20 plus year veteran, I am considered to have too much experience for entry level, but not enough industry or direct experience for management. I have been targeting positions that relate to the positions in my military career, my educational background, and are associated with positions that I have held since my retirement without any success. I feel as though I am in a Catch-22. How can someone in my situation get their foot in the door to at least be a viable candidate?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I’ve heard this same situation many times and there are several variables to consider. Do you want a civilian occupation that mirrors your military career? Is your MOS transferable? Having a successful military career (in theory) should make you qualified to senior positions in the civilian world but often times that’s not the case. The best suggestion would be to have a non-bias/realistic view of your experience and skills as they relate to the companies you are interested in applying to. This might mean that you apply for mid-management positions with hopes that your work ethic, and unique military perspective will support advancement within the company. Nearly all transitioning veterans should understand that sometimes, you need to take a step back to take two steps forward. Your resume should be free of military jargon and focus on civilian qualities, attributes and achievements that civilian employers can understand. Consider the silver lining in working at a mid-management position, giving yourself an opportunity to adjust to the culture, new jargon, and new perspective at how civilian business is organized and run.
Answered by Desiree, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
To be a viable candidate, you have to put yourself on the map, make them see you by knocking at the right door. The hiring categories will always differ depending on the company. I would suggest first to target companies with a Veterans hiring program. These type of companies would offer from entry level to more specialized positions. Follow job board like Clearedjobs.net, Techexpo, Hire Veterans, Hire Heroes or search on the Military Friendly Employers web page and you’ll find the current list for FY15 companies with Veterans program that you can apply for.
Also, try joining Veterans groups on LinkedIn, you’ll be surprise of how many openings Recruiters are constantly posting searching for people with your expertise.
Hope this helps and good luck on your search!
Answered by Bryan, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on Thursday, February 19, 2015
First of all, thank you for your service to this nation. Making a transition into industry can absolutely be a challenging step within your career.  There are actually quite a few companies that are working together to try and make that transition a bit less challenging for our veterans.  While I am sure there are other programs to look into, I highly recommend you check out the 100,000 Jobs Mission ( www.veteranjobsmission.com ).  That program is made up of top companies in the US who have set up programs to help veterans identify opportunities that would be a potential good match for your background and experience.  The program has placed well over two hundred thousand veterans with a future goal of over three hundred thousand.  You can find some great tools and resources as well as learn more about the companies that have veteran hiring programs.  Wishing you all the best in your search. 
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