Are you looking for a way to continue serving your country after completing your active duty? If so, one career path you may wish to consider is military transition recruiting.

Transitioning from military service to a civilian career can be a challenging and difficult process. Everything from negotiating salaries to mastering the interview process can be daunting. As a veteran, I know first-hand that having a military recruiter in your corner can make all the difference. That’s why I decided to become a military recruiter myself: I wanted to help fellow veterans find civilian careers that match their personalities and abilities.

If you are still exploring your post-military professional options, military recruiting is one career track to keep in mind. Here’s why:

  1. Continue to serve your country.
    I joined the military to serve my country and I wanted to find a meaningful way to continue this service after my active duty ended. I believe that job satisfaction is important to quality of life. When we’re excited about our career and our impact on the world, this positively impacts all aspects of our life– be it our relationships with loved ones or our ability to give back to our community.As a military recruiter, I am in a unique position to help transitioning veterans through each stage of their search process, be that expanding their search to new industries they may not previously have considered or acting as their agent during the negotiation process. My mission is simple: help veterans land their dream job and achieve the same high job satisfaction that I enjoy each day.
  1. Open doors for veterans.
    The hardest part of any job search is getting through the gatekeepers to reach people with real hiring authority. Many transitioning service members are not sure where to start. As a military recruiter, you can open these doors for your fellow veterans. Recruiters build strong networks with military-friendly companies in the private sector that welcome and seek out veterans. Over the years, you’ll notice that many of the veterans you place will return to you as hiring managers–uniquely positioning you to support your fellow veterans through their career search.
  1. Help veterans land fair salaries.
    Setting realistic salary expectations is one of the biggest challenges that transitioning military veterans face. That’s because military salaries do not directly translate to the public sector. While most veterans will see a jump in their base pay, they’ll also be covering new living expenses like housing and health insurance. Since these expenses can vary greatly depending on location, military veterans may find that their new salary ends up yielding less in take home pay than they expect.Oftentimes candidates come to me with salary expectations based on what another veteran they know has been offered. Unfortunately, these anecdotes are not always reliable indicators and can set veterans up for unrealistic assumptions about their future pay. As a military transition recruiter, I work closely with veterans to help them understand what is a realistic salary for their skill set. I get to work behind the scenes negotiating on their behalf throughout the process. Helping veterans land a fair salary for their experience and skill set is incredibly rewarding, as is the knowledge that this salary will be for a job in a career track they truly enjoy.

 

To learn more about your career options as a military recruiter, contact me at emcmath@lucasgroup.com.

 


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