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Job Interview Tips for Veterans

February 18th, 2020 Written by: Masterson Staffing Solutions

One of the most significant challenges for veterans is transitioning to a civilian career. Just like every job seeker, preparing for an interview can be nerve-racking. It is essential that you correctly prepare. Many veterans do not feel they have the technical experience for a specific job, but the skills learned in the military are highly applicable outside the military. Some desirable skills you could highlight are leadership, the ability to work under pressure, discipline and loyalty. If you’re a veteran who is seeking a job outside the military, here are some interviewing tips you can follow.

Highlight the Goals You Achieved

Employers often ask about one of your most significant accomplishments. As a person from the military, completing projects from scratch with discipline is a core trait. No employer would think otherwise, regardless of the context surrounding the goal you achieved. Give a quick summary of one example of how this went into practice and elaborate on why it could apply to the job.

Don’t Wear Your Military Attire (Depending on the Job)

While dress codes vary, you should not wear your military gear to an interview. The way you dress ultimately depends on the job. A suit will work just fine in an office environment. Some companies are more relaxed and casual, so do some research and check out any photos of their employees to get an understanding of the type of clothing that is typically worn.

Highlight Some Skills You Learned in the Military

It would help if you highlighted some of the skills you feel are important to the job. What this can say to an employer is that you underwent specialized training, which is desirable. This can help set you apart from other applicants, especially if you do not have much experience in the industry you’re applying for.

Transitioning into a civilian career can be difficult, but it does not have to be. Follow some of these tips if you are a veteran who is searching for jobs outside the military. If you would like to learn more ways to improve your interview skills, do not hesitate to contact Masterson Staffing Solutions online, by phone or in person!

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