If you have been following my articles for quite some time, you know how important it is to know the right people when it comes to finding a job. In today’s job market, having a perfect written resume may not be what lands you a job, rather knowing the right person will. You may know someone with strong political ties in the community who can simply put in a good word for you which is all it will take to put you in a great job. Although it may be that easy to finding employment, it can be that easy to losing employment, especially when politics is involved.
Landing a job because of knowing the right person, and not necessarily having the right qualifications could put you in a position you may not have seen coming. Let’s take a look at what I mean.
Struggling to Manage the position
You can find yourself in a big time position such as a management role running the show, but it may be out of your league. You may find what you did in the military doesn’t fit the job you walked into. Not having the confidence of the people you manage will lead to an array of problems that you probably don’t need after seeing combat and transitioning from the military from civilian life.
Resentment from others
People may learn how you received the job, and when they find out it may not have been because of your qualifications, but rather because you knew a certain person, you could be faced with some resentment. Although your best bet is to not focus your attention on those people who are criticizing you, and rather focus on being the best you can be in the position. The very same people who have hard feelings for you unfortunately may be the ones you are working with or for, and this is where your job can take a turn for the worst as you try to do your very best.
Putting time off of using your GI Bill benefits
While you’re enjoying the benefits of the position you were given, you are also taking time away from using your GI Bill benefits if you are fresh out of the military. Separating and walking right into a position is great, but it could be a position you don’t care much for, and can be a position as I like to say “Here today, gone tomorrow”. Recently I worked with a veteran in this situation, and he realized now that he is unemployed, his best option in moving forward is to work towards getting a degree in a field that fits his interests.
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Politicians come and politicians go. When a politician served his term or departs unexpectedly, you too may find yourself unemployed as well. There is nothing wrong with having political ties, cause lets face it, they have the connections that can put you in a really great position to finding employment. Although some politicians aren’t good at keeping their nose clean, and your career can be cut short if they are removed from office. Most of the time the new political appointee will clean house, and instead staff positions with his own chosen personnel.
Having political ties can be beneficial when it comes to finding employment, but it can also have its drawbacks. If given the opportunity to walk into a job you may not be qualified for, but have the right connections to easily walk into the position, could still be worth a try. Although you may find these types of drawbacks with taking a position as such, you could also be propelling your career in the right direction, just always remember to have a back up plan if you do find yourself headed towards the unemployment line.
In my next article I’ll talk about how you can benefit from having political connections.