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U.S. Occupational Military Veterans: 10 Tips on How They Can Transition into the Marketplace

by Cesar E. Larrainza in Veterans 08/09/2016 0 comments

Life can be hopelessly boring for many civilians if you prevent them from using their phones, laptops, or electronic gadgets. That’s exactly how our returning troops feel too after they finally realize that they will no longer need their weapons to fight combat on the U.S soil. Besides the psychological problems such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury faced by some of the vets, transitioning from military life to civilian life can be overwhelming for returning troops. It can also be daunting for them, especially when a number of them are finding it increasingly difficult to secure a job in the labor market.

According to a 2016 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, not all states in the U.S. have the same employment rate of veterans. The report shows that unemployment rate is very high in the District of Columbia (7.7%), Maryland (7.2%), Mississippi (6.2%) and Kansas (6.1%) and is very low in Iowa (1.9%), Indiana (2.4%), South Dakota (2.5%), Utah (2.6%), and North Dakota (2.8%). Although the Department of Veterans has taken several positive steps over the last decade to ameliorate the plights of veterans, here is a list of how medical occupational military veterans can best transition into the marketplace:

Know what you want: Unfortunately, some veterans don’t even know which career to focus on. In any case, here are some high paying jobs in the medical fields that you can choose from:

  1. Bio-medical engineers
  2. Veterinarians
  3. Skin care specialists
  4. Occupational therapist assistant
  5. Occupational therapist aides

Seek for assistance: Unlike other developing countries, the U.S has many veteran programs that can help returning troops in their job search. They are as follows:

  1. Disabled American Veterans
  2. Military OneSource
  3. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  4. The American Legion

 

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Hone your skills: If you are already a guru in the medical profession, what you need to do is to revise some professional books and relearn your skills. On the flip side, if your skills are below par – you need to go back to school or get additional training.

Prepare your resume and cover letter: This is the aspect that scares a vast majority of veterans. If you are not confident that you can prepare your resume and cover letter by yourself, you can outsource it to a professional resume writer at Freelancer, Upwork, or Fiverr.  Another good option at your disposal is to attend Transition Assistance Program.

Apply for jobs: Many employers in the marketplace desire to hire veterans with medical background. Here are some sites where you can apply for jobs:

  1. Military Hire
  2. American Job Center
  3. I. Jobs
  4. National Veterans Foundation
  5. Veterans Employment Center

Follow up your job applications: If you have keen interests in getting a job very quickly, you need to follow up your job applications by contacting the HR of the company about the status of your applications. At least, doing so will send a strong signal to the firm that you are interested in the job.

Grow your network: Expanding your circle of friends and number of contacts is very important during this period of job hunting. You never can tell who can help you to get that eye-watering job.

 

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Prepare for the job test/interviews: In a word, just prepare for the worst during your job test/interviews.

Don’t lose hope: Just as you need to be hopeful when fighting your enemy in the war zone, you also need to be optimistic during your job search.

Be prayerful: Haha! I know you don’t like this part, but you need God during this life-changing period.

Frontline Medical Staffing is always looking for Great Healthcare Veterans to place in healthcare facilities all over the US.  Give us a call today at 772-261-8854 or email info@frontlinemedicalstaffing.com and let one of our highly staff recruiters assist you.

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