5 job hunting success tips for veterans

5 min | Neil Khatod | Article | | Job searching

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Transitioning from military to civilian life can be a daunting journey. As someone who has recently walked that path, I understand the unique challenges veterans face when seeking employment. My passion for supporting fellow veterans led me to join Hays, not only in a cyber capacity but also as an advocate for those who’ve served.

Here are five job hunting success tips tailored for veterans seeking jobs:  

1. Get ready for battle:

Transitioning from the structured military environment to the civilian workforce can be challenging. Unlike the military, where career paths are clearly defined, in the civilian world, taking initiative is essential. Set short-term and long-term goals, just as you did in the military, and hold yourself accountable to them. Organize your educational and training documents, including your Report of Separation and Verification of Military Experience and Training, which will help build your resume. 

Learn more about how to build your resume here  

2. Establish your battalion:

Networking is crucial. While it might have been considered taboo in the military, it’s essential in the civilian world. Seek out other veterans, connect with them, and learn from their experience.  Just as you needed support within your unit or division in the military, you’ll need people to guide your job search, recommend you, and serve as references.

3. Plan and prepare early:

Start your job search well in advance. Waiting until the last minute can add unnecessary stress. Begin exploring opportunities about 60-90 days before your terminal leave. 

4. Craft a quality civilian resume:

Your resume is your first introduction to potential employers. Highlight your skills, experiences, and achievements in a way that resonates with civilian employers. Translate your military experience into terms that non-military professionals can understand.  

5. Practice interview skills:

Prepare for interviews by practicing common questions, researching the company, and understanding the role you’re applying for. Use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method to answer behavioural questions. 


Embrace the adventure! Transitioning to civilian employment is a journey, and with persistence and the right approach, you’re set for success.

At Hays, we are dedicated to facilitating the successful transition of veterans into the civilian workforce. Our services are tailored to connect organizations with highly skilled veterans, offering a range of positions that benefit from the unique experience and discipline these individuals possess.

Why choose Hays to start your veteran job search? 

  • Bespoke guidance: Our program is custom-built to highlight the distinct expertise and potential you possess as a veteran. 
  • Intelligent job matching: We align your military experience with civilian roles that can elevate your career and earning potential. 
  • Recruiter excellence: Our recruiters are specially trained to interpret military experience, ensuring a smooth transition. 
  • Interview mastery: We offer comprehensive support to ensure you and your potential employers are perfectly aligned.
  • Expansive opportunities: Our network spans nationwide and across 33 countries, offering both permanent and temporary roles to suit your goals. 

For veterans, by veterans: Join us at Hays, where your service is honored, and your future is our priority. Let’s embark on this new mission together. Ready to step forward? Connect with Hays, where your valor meets value, and your career journey continues with confidence.

About this author

Neil Khatod
Head of Cyber Security Americas

Neil is a Retired Army Officer with over 29 years of experience as a COO and CEO in cyber operations, international relations, leadership development and strategy creation.  Neil leads the CISO Advisory solutions which includes helping organizations to protect their digital assets effectively to mitigate the damaging financial, reputational and operational impacts that can result from cyber attacks.

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