In my last article I spoke about four common job-hunting mistakes for veterans: Using one method to search for jobs, disregarding social media, resume not “up to speed” and lack of knowledge about your career field. Here are the final four common job-hunting mistakes that can have an impact on finding employment.
Pay doesn’t meet your expectations
5 – With so many competing for an opportunity today, the thought of taking a lower paying position unfortunately may be the best option. Many companies today are in no rush to fill empty positions since many are still cutting costs. If the salary is less than what you would prefer, it may still be in your best interest to accept the position to get your foot in the door. Though you don’t want to sell yourself short, you have all the right to continue to look for better opportunities with a salary that fits your needs.
Not willing to travel or move for work
6 – You may want to follow the lead of companies who are packing it up and moving to cities with growing economies and cheaper taxes. Searching for employment opportunities out of state or a little out of your way might be your ticket to finding employment. In a 2012 study conducted by United Van Lines, the top 5 cities people are moving too are 1) District of Columbia 2) Oregon 3) Nevada 4) North Carolina and 5) South Carolina. Sadly, New York State where I reside is among the top five states where people are moving. For many transitioning veterans, returning home to the place they grew up will no longer be a practical decision. Separating with a family of your own, or separating cause of retirement, you will want your money to go further. Developing cities are giving us this opportunity, and for many of you who have experienced PCS (Permanent Change of Station) numerous times, this may be the greatest decision you will have to choose for yourself or just your family.
Overlooking Internships and volunteer work
7- Taking advantage of an internship or volunteer work will benefit you in many ways. Although an internship is mostly reserved for someone attending college or a recent graduate, anyone can choose to do volunteer work. This will lead to networking with others in your field of choice, learning about future employment opportunities, and most importantly gaining an incredible amount of experience that can be added to your resume. You volunteered to serve your country, don’t forget about serving your community, because it can lead to a whole new world of opportunities by simply donating a little of your time, than many will greatly appreciate.
Losing your patience
8 – Just like the “Hurry Up and Wait” approach in the military, job-hunting is no different. The deadline to apply for a job can come and go in a flash, but hearing back on the position you applied for may feel like eternity. Job-hunting will test your patience, but as a tactical veteran and having experienced this battle before in uniform, you can overcome this emotional obstacle. Running a 24/7 job-hunting marathon will burn you out quicker than having to study for any military promotional exam. However, by being consistent for a few hours a day looking for employment opportunities, reading up on current events in your career field, and reviewing your resume, you will be well prepared for any interview that comes your way.