When you get out of the military, you must find a different job so that you can earn a decent living. There are many jobs available that are great for veterans, but one of the best career paths that veterans can choose is entrepreneurship. Here are five steps to take when you want to start a business as a veteran.
Choose the Type of Business You Want to Run
When soldiers are overseas, they sometimes get very lonely and miss home! Deployments can last months or even years. It’s the most thoughtful gesture for people in the homeland to send packages or mail to soldiers - especially single soldiers. When they receive mail, it helps them to remember people are thinking of them and their fight across the ocean is worth protecting our freedom. Upon research I found several organizations that make it easy for you to send mail or packages.
Military soldiers are highly recognized and celebrated for their sacrifices for our country. And rightfully so! They are on call 24 hours a day and have tremendous physical and mental demands placed on them. However, a lot of times the soldier’s spouse is overlooked for their strenuous work at home, and the many skills sets they possess when it comes to being hired. Hiring managers should be aware of the different talents and insights that a military spouse has learned over the years.
When it’s time to job search you may create many accounts with different companies, giving them your information and allowing yourself and your information to be more easily viewed by people searching for you. For example, on LinkedIn and Indeed you keep your profile open for people to look you up for possible new job opportunities. While these websites and job search functions were created with the best of intentions, you should remember that not everyone who has access to your information may not have your best interests at heart.
Deployments are rough on a solider. Being in a combat environment with associated dangers, while being away from family and friends can be difficult. It’s also especially hard on the spouse who has no control or knowledge of what is going on while their spouse is overseas. They can be waiting days or weeks to hear from them only to get a short phone call with no details as to what is happening in their soldier’s life. It’s important to know how to support a loved one who is waiting at home as patiently as possible for their spouse to return to them.
Networking is crucial to your employment now. It’s all about who you know to land these beginning roles in your new careers. Being a military spouse can isolate you (a lot of times) from creating a social atmosphere that helps a lot of people network into careers. LinkedIn is your professional networking site. While you are completing your degree or certifications you can begin your job search by creating your LinkedIn profile. Check out the site and navigate around.
Starting a MyCAA course while overseas or out of country isn’t usually an option, but continuing certifications or courses that don’t require on-the-job training is allowed. If you want to look into a certification course before you head overseas check out MilCareerEd. If you are already enrolled at a college or university, it may be possible to continue on your educational journey while OCONUS.
April is military child awareness month! Let’s give credit to the kids that keep us going and their ability to adapt to the military life.
There are many things we learn from our military children including resilience, sacrifice, and bravery. These are all traits that we, as adults, need when we are beginning a new phase in our life. Starting or finishing school after a long break, changing career paths, moving across the country, making new friends, and more!
There are many support groups available for spouses to communicate with each other, ask questions, vent, share stories and lift each other up. This type of support is invaluable. Spouses share information about dealing with deployment, child rearing, education, and the struggles of finding employment as a military spouse.
I was on a military spouse page the other day, and saw the following post:
With new information released every day on world events, military spouses are watching the news or reading updates from other spouses and worrying about their soldier’s possible future deployment. Taking in all this new information, they slowly get that gut wrenching feeling that they will soon be informed their spouse is getting shipped out to fight in a never-ending war.