For Returning Veterans: 7 Myths and Realities of Organizations

Watch-your-thoughtsAfter 9/11, many men and women volunteered for military duty and as a nation, we are ever so grateful for their service. Now that most are coming home after many months or years of service abroad, combat duty and/or recovering from injuries, transitioning from military life to civilian life is not easy. The cultures are different and many veterans have a hard time getting jobs and keeping them because the military way of doing things doesn’t always apply or function in the civilian work environment.

We at Dynamic Worldwide have partnered with Major General Carl Schneider (Retired) to help returning veterans transition into the civilian work environment. We are offering this course free of charge to any veteran in the Phoenix valley no matter what their situation is. Here is a little tidbit of what the course covers:

 

The 7 Myths and Realities of Organizations:

Myth #1: If you work hard and “keep your nose clean” the company “will take care of you.” By “will take care of you” we mean that you’ll be considered for promotions, special training programs and job assignments that will bring you visibility.

REALITY: A company or organization is an “It” – an entity doesn’t make decisions of policy, procedures, promotions, etc. The people running the entity do. And there are few of those, but many non-management employees. A boss once said:

“Hard work will not guarantee success. Not working hard will likely guarantee failure.”

Myth #2: There is a “perfect” job.

REALITY: There is what appears to be the perfect job. This is akin to “the grass is always greener on the other side.” The problem is, you still have to mow it. What may seem to be the perfect position in another company or department, may not always stay that way. People leave, they get promoted and the situations change, sometimes from one day to another. How can you prepare for the “unexpected”? You can’t. Continue to work hard and control your expectations. Learn all you can about your job, the company and what’s expected of you.

Myth #3: You can be successful without good people skills.

REALITY:

  1. Not easily done. No matter who you are, at one point in your career, you’ll have deal with people to be successful.
  2. People rarely fall for lack of technical skills. Instead, it’s the lack of skill in knowing how to deal effectively with other people where most failures occur. One must be tolerant of differences, control opinions, have empathy, be supportive and respectful.

Myth #4: Understanding corporate and individual unit culture is not important.

REALITY: Accurately reading and understanding the culture of an organization is critical to career success.

Myth #5: To be successful, I don’t need to understand or participate in the organization’s politics.

REALITY: Yes, you do. Politics are a part of all organizations no matter what type they are – both negative and positive politics.

Myth #6: Positive visibility is not important to career success.

REALITY: Positive visibility is a must.

Positive visibility is the ability to behave and complete your work in such a way that sets you apart from others in a positive manner and gets you recognized.

  • Communications skills – speaking, writing and listening
  • Human relations skills
  • Acquire knowledge – about your job, the company, culture, people, problems, competitors, company priorities
  • Sets you apart from those who don’t have them
  • Adds to your skill base
  • Prepares you for opportunities and assignments that require them
  • Builds self-confidence

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5 Things That Will Help Returning Veterans Transition

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There will be 1 million veterans returning to the job market over the next 5 years.  Unemployment rates for these brave men and women sits at 9.2% but is at an astounding rate of 30% for those under age 25 who most likely joined the military to serve fresh out of high school.  The transition process is key and here is how we can help:

1. Understand the challenges they face. Veterans often feel stuck inside their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).  They spend more time relating to their military skill sets than to corporate world job skills.

2. Prepare them to deal with the civilian job market. Less than half of the veterans surveyed (43%) actually feel prepared to make the transition.

3. Build on the skills they already have as they translate to the current job market. This means training and retraining.  There is definitely a skills gap in filling all the positions open in the world of IT and many technology companies and schools are stepping up to partner with the public sector to train and retrain.

4. Help build the confidence that they will find a job that suits them. Only 22% of returning veterans surveyed say that they are confident that this will happen for them.

5. Teach veterans how to tell their story and sell themselves to an employer.

 

Understand, prepare, enhance, build, and teach.  These lay the foundation for a successful transition from the life our deserving veterans chose to the life they secured through their service to our country.

If you are a Post 9/11 Veteran, call us at: 480-907-3071 or toll-free: 866-399-8287

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