Veteran Job Search: Common Mistakes


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There are common mistakes job searchers make, but veterans can be victim to different job search blunders. In searching for your next job, keep these mistakes in mind, and you'll be well on your way to job search success. Find your next cleared job at

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Veteran Job Search: Common Mistakes

  1. 1. Veteran Transition Series <ul><li>Veteran Job Search: </li></ul><ul><li>Common Mistakes Veterans Make </li></ul>
  2. 2. Veteran Transition Series <ul><li>There are common job search mistakes anyone can make – a misspelled word, interview jitters or a coffee stain you don’t notice until you sit down. </li></ul><ul><li>For veterans, the mistakes might be the same, but they might be different – keep these mistakes in mind and don’t fall victim. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Veteran Transition Series <ul><li>#1 You deny the reality that you need to look for a new job </li></ul><ul><li>This can lead to procrastination, poor job applications and eventually, a long stint of unemployment. Embrace the reality that there is life after the military – and start looking for a new job long before you retire or separate. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Veteran Transition Series <ul><li>#2 You think you know it all. </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe you do, but when it comes to job searching, you need humility as well as confidence. There are differences between the military and civilian world. Be sure to take advantage of the resources available to help you transition, including TAPS, your friends and colleagues. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Veteran Transition Series <ul><li>#3 You won’t settle for anything less than the perfect job </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps you left the military with thoughts of freedom, independence and finally embracing your dream career. Unfortunately, they call it work for a reason. Pursue your passions, but realize that perfection is hard to come by. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Veteran Transition Series <ul><li>#4 You limit yourself </li></ul><ul><li>You’re so radar focused on finding the perfect job that you ignore other opportunities. Expand beyond your comfort zone. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Veteran Transition Series <ul><li>#5 You take rejection personally </li></ul><ul><li>Most individuals will have to deal with being passed on for a job at one point in their life. Don’t be discouraged if it happens to you, once, twice, or a dozen times. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Veteran Transition Series <ul><li>#6 You procrastinate in making the transition </li></ul><ul><li>It’s now or never – it’s always easier to look for your next job while you’re still in your current job. Don’t pass up the opportunity to use transition leave to your advantage, and to look for your next job while still on active duty. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Veteran Transition Series <ul><li>#7 You sweat the small stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Details matter, especially in the military. But holding your job search to too high a standard – think watermarked resume, designer suit, and arriving 15 minutes to every interview – can add to the stress of a job search. Pursue perfection, but embrace reality. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Veteran Transition Series <ul><li>#8 You make assumptions </li></ul><ul><li>Just because a colleague left the military and immediately jumped into the six-figure job of his dreams doesn’t mean it will happen that easily for you. It might – but it’s best not to compare yourself to the success stories, or the horror stories. Reality is usually somewhere in between. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Veteran Transition Series <ul><li>#9 You fail to research. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a job to look for a job. Being prepared means doing research – on the companies you’re applying with, salary expectations and skills needed. You don’t need a dossier for every application but you do need to spend a bit of time preparing. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Veteran Transition Series <ul><li>#10 You listen too much to others </li></ul><ul><li>Advice is great. Too much advice is confusing. Take advantage of offers to help but listen to your gut. You know what kind of jobs are right for you. </li></ul>
  13. 13. To find your next cleared job visit Article written by Janet Farley, posted at