Interviewing Tips for Veterans

Interviewing Tips for Veterans

While finding a new job can be difficult for anyone, it can be especially hard on veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce.

A new study from the Military Benefit Association revealed that half of the veterans recently separated from the U.S. military and are currently unemployed have not had a full- or part-time job since leaving the military. Among those, 40% have been out of work between four and 12 months.

Roy Gibson, a retired U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant and president of the Military Benefit Association, said one critical aspect to landing new work for veterans is ensuring they are well-prepared for the job search process, including any interviews they may go on.

1. Identify Your Skills

When going on an interview, it is important that veterans can accurately describe their skills and what they can bring to the table. Gibson said research shows that more than 70% of hiring managers find it difficult to ascertain recent veterans' skill sets based on their resume alone.

"There is an obvious disconnect there," Gibson told BusinessNewsDaily. "Eventually, they are going to have to sync up with the hiring managers that are reviewing their resumes and interviewing them."