If offered an opportunity for a position that may not be exactly what you are looking for, would you still take it? Of course you could pass it up, but you could be passing up what could become a good step in the right direction. You, like many other veterans may separate from the military with the thought of immediately returning back to work, only to find yourself passing up many opportunities in search of that perfect job which may take much longer than you have anticipated.
We like to think the perfect job exists, and the moment we leave military service will be a great time to find it. However, veterans are finding that with the credentials they leave with from the military, are not enough to walk right into a civilian job. When faced with a job offer, you might immediately talk yourself out of it without thinking of the negative consequences.
Some thoughts that can come into play that could be causing you to pass up great opportunities:
My years of military experience should earn me a better starting salary than what they are offering.
I’d prefer to be close to home with a short commute, and preferably at one location, instead of traveling around like I did in the military.
Seems like an entry level position, and I am above that with what I learned and experienced in the military.
Rotating shifts and possibly working on weekends will get in the way of what I do in my spare time.
Although all these thoughts are understandable, you must be sure you are making the right decision. Today you can pass up an opportunity, only to find out months later your still struggling to find a job. With so many veterans and civilians trying to find employment, passing up the not so perfect opportunity could in reality have been a perfect starting point to fatten up your resume for civilian employment. Remember, a job is also a great opportunity to network and even learn about promotions and/or other positions with a company opening up.
Being selfish with our needs could very well get in the way from taking an opportunity that could lead to a great career. Having served in uniform, you may have to remind yourself what you went through working for the military. Long hours, rotating shifts, stationed in places you may have never imagined, all while getting paid by rank and not work performance, and let’s not forget you have even worked in a combat zone. These are just a few of the sacrifices you made while serving in uniform, and when you look at it like that, it may make you reconsider turning down a job that may not fit your needs perfectly.
Returning to civilian life will have its perks when it comes to choosing what to do with your life. Deciding not to take a job won’t get you court marshaled in the civilian sector, but when you are faced with having to cover for life expenses (food, shelter, provide for family, paying bills), you may want to take a position that may not be the perfect fit. Stepping back to move forward may be just what is needed for you to find the path to a perfect job.