OK, I’m not referring to the military drill & ceremony term “At Ease!” here. I’m talking about making the environment comfortable for civilian folks during your Military-to-Civilian career transition.
Why is this important?
Let’s think about the military culture for a moment:
So, imagine walking into a prospective Employer’s company and acting like you did when you were in uniform.
Based on the short, partial list above this just begs the question:
Do you present yourself to the non-Military hiring world as someone who’s still in the military?
Let’s say you’ve done all the right things in order to get hired. You’ve prepared an incredible résumé. You’ve practiced your interview questions so that your answers flow beautifully. You’ve upped your wardrobe so that you look just like the current Employees you want to work with. You’ve developed a strong list of Personal and Professional References who can sing your praises with ease. You’ve done everything possible to get hired now.
Your phone doesn’t ring. Your email doesn’t get answered. You’re still unemployed. Why?
I believe several things happen during a Veteran’s transition to civilian life. One of the most vital elements and keys to success I believe exists in your ability to put civilians at ease with you.
That said, here’s a list of questions I’ve put together that might help:
So, I guess the point I’m trying to drive home is the need for you to look at things you may do or say that projects a negative image in the mind of the person seated across the desk from you.
If you ever walk away from an Interview wondering why they didn’t hire you or call you back, maybe you haven’t done enough to put them at ease.
By making a concerted effort to do a self-evaluation, you might uncover some things you need to improve upon. Be honest with yourself. Pay attention to how you carry yourself in the interview setting.
Learn how to “put ‘em at ease” and see what happens!
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