In today’s economy, it isn’t enough to simply have a great resume, but how you behave and present yourself could make or break your chances of being employed and staying employed. Having a Drill Sergeant scream in your face for finding a piece of fuzz on your uniform, or a scuff mark on your boots during inspection may have been a bit much, but remembering these little lessons, among others, can increase your chances of being hired and holding onto a job.
Here is a list of what we all have learned while serving in uniform that can be incorporated in the civilian sector when it comes to employment.
– Dress and Appearance
Make it a priority, cause you will be judged the moment you walk into an interview. Keep that clean cut look, have that suit pressed, shoes polished and stand tall with confidence. Employers should expect nothing less from veterans looking to take on a new mission.
– Arrive 10 minutes earlier for an interview or any appointment
Showing up late for an interview will give a bad impression to any employer, and it more than likely will cost you a job. An employer immediately may question your work ethic. Will you be an employee who not only will have trouble arriving to work on time, but also be late completing work assignments, and/or showing up late to very important meetings?
– Service before Self
Doing a little extra at work can get you noticed by the right people who may be willing to promote you. Just like building a resume, you should also keep notes of extra duties you take on for when the time comes for a possible promotion or a raise. All companies should be thankful for those who work hard and do a little extra, and employers should do everything in their power to keep those on their team for the sake of the business. Today, many believe companies lack employee loyalty, but the best companies understand the importance of having the best workers stick around for years to come.
– Team mentality
It takes more than one person to win a war, and it takes more than one person to make a business successful.
– Make training a priority
Just like in the military, training will not only allow you to perform your best at work, but it will allow you to advance in your career. Many companies will have opportunities to help pay for further training, or even a degree. Taking advantage of training opportunities will look great on your resume and may even land you a promotion. Being well trained as we know could also keep you from making costly mistakes that could later cost you your job.
– Adapt to changes
Just like the military where you dealt with leadership changes, PCS, and numerous deployments, you too will have to be flexible in the civilian sector. Depending on what career field you choose as a civilian, you may be tasked to travel overseas, work in numerous locations, work different shifts, and could find your office closing and being transferred to a new state. Being flexible in today’s employment sector could mean the difference between getting a job or keeping your position.
Taking these life lessons seriously can greatly increase your odds of landing or keeping a job. Employers continue to be swarmed with hundreds of applications and continue to make budget cuts, so understand the standards have increased. It is up to you to take these lessons you have learned in the military and use them in a way that will make it difficult for any employer to pass you up for a position or choose to lay you off.