A Guest Post - Debunking Job Myths: The Truth About Civilian Employment

When Emma first emailed me about a possible collaboration, I admit I was really excited. I love my little "lifestyle" blog but sometimes I struggle with things to write about. Dillon happens to be my main topic, but with our long distance relationship, stories with him are rare. A big part of our lives, but not something I talk too much about, is the military. Dillon goes to the United States Air Force Academy and is considered active duty, however I know that what he does now is nothing like what he will do as an officer after graduating. The academy only requires a five year minimum (for most jobs) service after graduation, and as of now Dillon is thinking that he will serve those five years and then get a job in the civilian world. I don't know exactly what will happen in our future, but these are some awesome things to know about job searches for people coming out of the military, and some are even helpful in general!


Believing the rumors you hear without taking the time to find out whether or not they are true seldom does any good for anyone. This is particularly true for those transitioning into the civilian workforce after serving in the military. Whether you’re retiring from the service or returning to civilian life after completing a minimum commitment, you’ve probably heard a number of myths about the difficulties of finding post-military employment. Here are the truths behind some of those myths.

Myth #1: Since you are used to taking orders, you will never be a successful entrepreneur.
Truth: Many former military personnel run their own companies. Although you learned to take orders in the military, you also honed several other skills that are valuable within the business community. Recently, the U.S. Small Business Administration started a program to assist veterans interested in starting their own businesses. This program provides classes and mentorships, among other resources for veterans.

Myth #2: During unemployment, you should only focus on applying to jobs.
Truth: Use this time to get involved in your community or with an organization whose cause you can support. Volunteer work looks great on a resume, and you will likely be able to do some valuable networking while volunteering. Sometimes volunteer positions can turn into gainful employment, and other times volunteer work helps job seekers connect with prospective employers.

Myth #3: If you spent time in active duty, companies will not wish to hire you.
Truth: Companies are legally required to consider military veterans as potential employees regardless of their previous service. Additionally, the federal government has passed laws and created incentives to encourage employers to give preferenceto applicants with military experience, especially if you are disabled due to service-related injuries or served during specific time periods.

Myth #4: Employers simply don’t care about job seekers.
Truth: Today’s employers understand the competitive nature of the job market. In order to ensure that the best workers don’t slip through the cracks, many companies have made it easy for job seekers to apply by utilizing mobile recruiting platforms, like JIBE. By using this service, you can upload resumes and other job-related documents right from you tablet or smartphone.

Much of the anxiety that you may face during your transition back into civilian life can be assuaged by learning the truth behind some common myths. Although change can be difficult, many opportunities lie in wait.

Emma is a mid 20-something year old with a passion for life, love, fitness, and helping others. She loves to be active and get involved in as many sport and community activities as possible. Emma is currently studying to become a Career & Life Coach, and loves to network with people from around the world! Check out Emma’s blog at Smile as it Happens

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