5 Awesome Tips For Veterans Wanting To Succeed In The Tech World

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For anyone, a job transition can be pretty tricky. This is especially true if you are a veteran wanting to transition from a military career to a tech career. However, military and tech have more in common than many would think. For example, a veteran can be a great web developer because their military training helps them be a self-starter, which means they love learning and always want to get better at any task at hand. Additionally, veterans have an undeniable ability to adapt to any situation, and know how to come up with quick and intelligent solutions for any problems that might arise. So if you are a veteran interested in tech, you have a great chance of success in the tech field. There are also many clever ways to accelerate your job hunt. So without further ado, here are some useful job search tips specifically tailored for veterans.

1. Apply to tech companies that have a clear mission to hire veterans.

Doing your research on various tech companies around your area can save you time in the long run and help you figure out which tech companies you will have the most success with as a veteran. A good first step would be to type “tech companies hiring veterans specifically” and recent tech job postings around your area should pop up with most job listings saying “military veterans preferred.” The Tech Connection is a great source to find companies who main mission to find veterans who are in the tech field. For example, individual companies such as Amazon, now have hiring goals for their veteran applications. Back in November 2017, Amazon announced that we plan to hire 10,000 more veterans by 2021. Search for companies that specifically want to save many of their open positions for veterans. Choosing companies that are already out looking for veteran applicants will help you get hired faster.

2. Take a look at tech apprenticeship programs for veterans.

If you don’t have much experience in Tech after coming back from duty, primarily searching for a Veterans Apprenticeship Program might be a good idea. Companies like 5x Technology, NAB Education, Workshops for Warriors, and Amazon offer fantastic paid apprenticeships for veterans with the primary goal of giving veterans more opportunities to succeed in the tech position of their dreams. The good idea is to look through all the programs and see which two to three programs fit your personal goals the best, then apply.

3. Research different roles in tech to narrow a career path that fits you the most.

Just like any other person, one veteran may not have the same tech career goals as another veteran. It is a good idea to research at least five different tech roles and career paths before choosing the best one or two to consider. Factors in your decision will most likely depend on the amount of schooling required, if there are any veteran apprenticeship programs, the number of veterans in that specific field, how your military skills can coincide with particular tech skills, and what you hope to get out of your career. Additionally, it may be a good idea to see if your state offers free tuition for veterans who want to get a career in tech. Getting an additional education in your field of choice will help you stand out even more when applying to the tech field. The Tech Connection is also a great way to find tech roles which to consider.

4. Consider starting a Tech Startup.

Another benefit of being a veteran is that the military most likely taught you to have an entrepreneur “self-starter” mindset. According to 2011, Small Business Administration (SBA) study veterans are at least 45 percent more likely to be self-employed. Veterans mainly rely on perseverance and dedication to solving complex issues in their work environment. An excellent primary strategy is to look up various entrepreneur programs to see what help they can offer with your background. There are many great programs available, such as the Veteran Entrepreneurial Investment Program lead by the PENFED Foundation, which is dedicated to giving veterans the opportunity to strengthen national and local economies by creating successful enterprises that provide jobs for veterans and other people.

5. Consider going to Veteran Meet-up Groups with similar interests and goals.

It is easy to strengthen great ideas with people who have the same mindset as you. Whether you are unsure of the exact direction you want to go in or want advice from other people with similar goals, consider joining a veteran meet-up group with a focus on the tech industry. An excellent way to find ones in your area is to go on meetup.com. On this site, you can find free or relatively cheap meet-ups. For example, a great group around the New England Area would be VetsinTech New England, whose primary focus is offering veterans assistance and tips in finding fantastic tech opportunities after their service.

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