Best Strategies for Military Retirees Seeking a New Career


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Best Strategies for Military Retirees Seeking a New Career

  1. 1. ==== ====For more strategies, secrets and tips for transitioning from military to civilian life, visit ====Late-career veterans have more challenging career transitions than they did 20 years ago wherejob experience ruled the day and they were the only ones with it. But in todays world, employerscan connect with many skilled job candidates via Internet job boards or social networking websiteslike so the late-career vet is competing against many candidates.In addition, employers run tighter budgets than in the past. Hence, compensation (salary +benefits) can be a deciding factor whether to hire the very experienced guy or hire someone withjust enough skills to fulfill the needs of the employer yet requires much less compensation.Adding to the above toxic mixture is the phenomenon of job outsourcing or off-shoring. Employersmore and more hire overseas workers to perform work that was previously accomplished in-house. This is already happening in the overseas work environment (e.g., Log Cap contracts) forcost savings and/or contract requirements.In general, military career transitions play out in the following way:Between ages 18 to 30, you are in the early career phase and are just learning your job anddeveloping new skills. Your compensation is still fairly low. Employers can afford to hire you.From ages 30 to 45, you are in the middle career phase and are highly sought after because youhave a lot of job skills yet the cost of those skills to the employer is moderate.By the time you are 45 years old, you are in the late career phase and you have become so skilledand your compensation is so high, you are often too expensive to remain on staff unless there isno one available who can replace you and what you do is critical to the employers business.After age 45, you will find less opportunities where employers are interested in hiring you full timeand more opportunities in consulting or project work as an independent contractor, where the paycan be very high for short periods yet the benefits either are limited or null.In response to these challenges, the late-career group overwhelmingly choose to pursue agovernment job where pay is good and job security is high and they have the benefit of veteranspreference. This can work but does not necessarily work or even hold true given current economicconditions.We are living at a time of economic instability. At the time this article was written about 15 millionpeople are unemployed in the U.S. and unemployment is 9.1 percent. These conditions havecreated an oversupply of job candidates and many of these unemployed people will seek jobs inthe government, which increases job competition.
  2. 2. There is one bright side to this realistic portrait: the late-career veteran can be more competitivefor overseas work than either early- or mid-career veterans. For one thing, money is not an issue;everyone is getting a great salary because of the risks (hazardous duty). An employer does notwant to send someone who doesnt understand the risks. Late-career people are much less riskyhires in this respect. The major overseas contractors are basically structured like the US militaryso many of the positions will have a a familiar level of correspondence with the military.When you assemble your overseas application, put it in the Federal style. Be detailed and targetedto the specific job application. Address every MUST HAVE requirement in your resume. One morething to know about overseas work: it may look like the military but people dont get hired like themilitary so job networking is critical. Contact your buddies and colleagues to see if they knowsomeone who can move their cause forward. There is some preliminary evidence that socialnetworking websites like facilitate job networking.Finally, an active clearance, a clean record (no bad credit or legal history), a current passport, andexperience in the area where you want to work always help persuading the employer that you area viable job candidate.Randall Scasny is the Director of, a veteran-owned, job searchassistance business that specializes in assisting military veterans.Article Source: ====For more strategies, secrets and tips for transitioning from military to civilian life, visit ====