Veterans Transition Mistakes: The insincere first post military employer

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It goes without saying, your first employer when you get out of the military is so important. If they really care about you, they’ll try to set you up for success.

If they don’t care about you, you’ll be a stat on a graphic where they bragged about how they hired you and nothing more. Sadly, hiring a veterans has become more of a press release topic than a motion made to help those who served.

When I got out, I answered this flashy ad.

“Own your own advertising agency in 6 months!”

Instantly, I thought I was going to be Don Draper. Some “Wolf of Wall Street” success story, rolling in the money in just a couple of weeks.

And when I did show up, there were young sharks in fancy business suits and dresses. They did these fun team building games. But it wasn’t long before I realized what they were doing.

Going business to business selling high speed internet. They never mentioned sales in the interview. Just a bunch of vague and flashy language.

Listen, sales is one of the most valuable skills you can have in the business world. As you can tell from all of the empty ad space on this blog, I’m not very good at it. But I was a soldier, not a salesperson.

And I lost weeks in this position and it drained my post military savings.

With any job you accept, you have to ask yourself “Can I support myself doing this? These bad businesses will try to sell the job to you, knowing very well you can’t”

It can be a little scary, but your first job after getting out of the military is so important. And I hope you put a lot of thought into it. It will set the tempo for your entire quality of life.

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