The Only 5 Steps You Need to Take to Get a High-Paying Job
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Almost two-thirds of veterans say transition assistance programs are at best somewhat helpful for job-hunting. So you know the process is broken. Many complaints focus on a one size fits all training when veterans have a broad range of experience and needs. Others address the lack of civilian-world experience and success among the trainers. Both point to a bigger issue.
It’s Time to Acknowledge the Truth
I’ve written before about how the process taught in transition assistance training wastes veterans’ time. But the problem is much larger.
Veteran transition experts agree on what steps you need to take to be successful in today’s job market. Yet, despite clear evidence that transition training doesn’t work, they’re reluctant to stand up and say so. Remember when humvees had insufficient armor to withstand an IED? Finally, someone had the courage to say this is wrong and must change. We’re at the same place with transition programs.
The military doesn't have the expertise to train service members to become civilians. Its skill works in the opposite direction, turning civilians into warfighters.
Another problem. I bet you hate purchasing something from a company only to be told you have to go to elsewhere when it doesn’t work. Yet the current transition system does just that. Your service branch trains you for reintegrating to civilian life. Then it hands you your DD-214 and its responsibility ends.
If the training doesn’t work, you have no recourse to the provider.
Changing the system will help our fellow veterans who are still on active duty. But until that time, or if you’re already out, you need a solution now.
You Only Need to Take These 5 Job-Hunting Steps
All carping aside, let’s get you clear on what you have to do. These are the only 5 steps you have to take if you want a high-paying job:
- Develop a clear, compelling purpose and mission for your life and make goals to execute them.
- Establish your Unique Value Proposition. It will turn your military service into high-paying, meaningful work.
- Evaluate the depth and quality of your network. Then use and expand it to create the relationships you need.
- Target employers where you can maximize your UVP and effectively market to them.
- Properly prepare for meetings and negotiations.
You control every one of these job-hunting steps. You…
- Decide what you want to do and why.
- Figure out the most lucrative place to put your skills, knowledge, and experience to work.
- Develop relationships with people who can and want to help you.
- Choose the companies you want to work for.
- Go into a meeting to discuss a job as a professional.
There’s no guesswork involved. You don’t need to spam the Internet with your resume and pray you’ll get an interview. People who follow these 5 steps and are part of a group that has proper mentorship usually get a job they want in 90 days. Did you learn this in transition assistance? I didn’t.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying these steps are easy to do. You can’t behave the way most job-hunters do, search for work an hour a day and watch television for three or more. You’ll have to stretch yourself. And, the process spirals so as you complete each step you learn how to do a previous step better.
The sad fact is your service branch let you down. But you wouldn’t expect a deep-sea fisherman to train you in computer network troubleshooting. It makes no sense to task commanding officers with something they don't know how to do. Since the military didn’t train you in these job-hunting steps you’ll have to find another source that will. I’ll get you started. Download my 5-Steps Checklist.
At least now you know what to look for. If an organization or coach wants to help you but doesn’t start by outlining these five steps, move on. Since this SOP works for 86% of civilians, it’ll work for you.
How are you getting the training you need to find the job you want?
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