When I returned from my 5th deployment last year, my mind and body gave me a warning that my time in the military may be coming to an end after 15+ years. I started the grueling process of a Medical Evaluations in July and was formally recommended for an MEB in September. I am finally scheduled to separate from the military next month. I am an officer in the Army and have been trying to match the skills I learned while serving to the opportunities that were available in my desired field.
There is no doubt in my mind that a transitioning service member must take advantage of the transition service offered by each branch of the military. They offer services to help you write resumes, translate your skill sets to civilian language, and provide job fair opportunities.
I thought at my age I would be able to seamlessly figure all of that stuff out. Needless to say, I had to hire a resume writer, enlist the help of recruiting services, and start taking certification courses just to become competitive and sell myself.
I have probably submitted over 40 applications since March while I was waiting on my VA ratings. I thought that would be plenty of time to get a job and be set once my separation date came. I have conducted some phone interviews but my stated skills or experience were never enough to push the hiring process to the next phase.
I have a few more interviews lined up this week as August is set to come. Still not job, no home, and more unknowns than knowns.
Through all of this, one thing has remained consistent, my family has been by my side every step of the way so I have faith things will work out as they should.
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