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Veterans of all ages can face a variety of obstacles after leaving the service, and one of the most difficult challenges can be getting into the civilian workforce. But some tools and techniques make it easier for veterans to show how valuable their skills are and to find military-friendly employers.
"It's important to understand that when employers are creating job descriptions, they're not always considering the unique skill set and perspective of veterans and other nontraditional job candidates,” says Joe Essenfeld, vice president and general manager of iCIMS, a software company that helps employers identify job candidates.
That means veterans might have to make the first move and clearly show recruiters what they have to offer. Like other job seekers, veterans should tailor their résumés to the job descriptions of each position they are applying for. And instead of simply listing the daily tasks they performed in the military, veterans should make sure their résumés focus on the skills learned during service, Essenfeld says.
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