Job Search Tips for Veterans

One of our specialties here at Potomac Recruiting is helping people looking to transition out of the military and into the private sector, so this week we asked our experts to put together some straightforward tips aimed at candidates with a military background.  Though transitioning out of military service and into civilian life can be daunting, conducting a job hunt as a veteran is not substantially different from any other search – but it does require a different type of mentality from what you might be used to in the military.

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Adjusting to a New Job

The end goal of any job hunt is, naturally, to accept a position at a new company – which means adjusting to a new company culture.  This can lead to a difficult transition period, during which time you might feel frustrated or like you’ve made a mistake.  Don’t get discouraged, though!  We’ve put together some tips for dealing with an unfamiliar environment and company culture.

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Tips for Successfully Navigating a Mid-Career Change

The average age of retirement has been edging upwards over the last few decades, for a variety of reasons.  People are living longer, pensions are no longer a given, and many are looking for ways to remain mentally sharp and connected to the community as they move into their 60s and 70s.  It’s no surprise, then, that mid-career changes are also becoming more popular!  As workers move into their late 40s and 50s without plans to retire any time soon, they often start to reconsider their careers and decide they are ready for something different, whether that is finally pursuing their childhood passion or moving to a new field that has recently become of interest.  If this describes you, read on for some tips on how to successfully navigate the difficult waters of a mid-life career shift.

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Tips for your First Day on the Job

If you’ve been hunting for jobs and recently decided to accept a new offer, you undoubtedly are enjoying the relief that comes with no longer competing in the difficult employment market or weighing the pros and cons of different opportunities.  You may, however, find yourself dealing with a different kind of stress: the stress that comes before your first day in a new office, with the pressure to impress your new boss and colleagues and hit the ground running.  With that in mind, we’ve pulled together some tips to make your first day a bit more manageable! 

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Making the Move from Federal Employment to the Private Sector

Myriad reasons exist why people want to transition from the federal government to the private sector. Some of you want to leverage your earned pension with a private-sector salary. Others want to try a new challenge. And others want a different work-life balance. No matter the reason, you need to ensure your shift from the federal government to private-sector employment goes smoothly. Follow this simple three-step plan and you'll be on your way.

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Finding a Job in the Sequestration Shadow

“The plunge over the fiscal cliff!” That is what many in the media are calling the mandatory spending cuts facing the federal government in 2013. It is also known as sequestration, because it would force the Treasury to withhold funds to many government agencies and the only response to that would be for those agencies to start shedding jobs, probably hundreds of thousands of them. If you earn a paycheck from Uncle Sam, you have to be nervous.

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From the Military to the Private Sector: Making the Transition in Four Easy Steps

A brand new study from GE and Syracuse University ( finds that 76% of military personal who are planning to enter civilian life think they will be successful. But, two-thirds of them also think that private sector companies will undervalue their military experience when they start looking for a job. It is a sad day when military members think their skills and experiences will be so undervalued. It does not have to be that way! With a few hints and tips, you can help private sector employers to understand your military career and value how it has prepared you for a significant role in the civilian business world.

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