“With their skills from the military they should be upper management. Instead they are applying for low entry level positions answering phones. They just don’t know what they are capable of.” I hear it time and time again from friends that run businesses.
My friend Bryan has 400 employees and is constantly on the lookout for above-average people to hire. He tells me it actually sends up a big red flag when a veteran turns in a resume and writes that he did 2 tours in Iraq but he’s applying for a $9 per hour job answering phones. He says “I want to hire them. I need them leading everyone else. I need their attention to detail. I need their commitment and ability to do whatever it takes to get the job done. But if they were so capable of big accomplishments in combat then why do they undervalue their abilities in the civilian world?
The military gave you a gift of developing many skills and abilities necessary to accomplish big missions. Here’s how it worked in combat. When your boots hit the sand you knew what your objective was and what was required to take the objective. And you knew what your capabilities were to accomplish the mission. For example, you knew your team had the ability of getting to a certain location within a certain amount of time. You knew what your firepower capabilities were. You knew how long you could stay on location and when you would need reinforcements. You knew when the enemy’s capabilities exceeded your own.
You don’t automatically know your capabilities. You have to discover where your limits are. It’s like your first day in boot camp. You start doing push-ups and running. A lot. Before long you are exhausted and muscle fatigue starts to set in. You hit the wall and can’t go any further. You think you are at your limit and want to collapse, right? But then the drill sergeant yells at you and somehow you push past the pain and keep going. All day. Magically you were able to go further than you though possible. You learned what you were really capable of. Then you trained and pushed that limit until your capacity grew. And your distance and speed improved even more.
Who gets tasked the High Value Target (HVT) missions when there is an important or risky situation? That’s right… The people who are most CAPABLE of getting the job done.
The civilian world works the same. It doesn’t matter if it’s a business owner looking to hire a manager, or a homeowner looking to hire a kid to mow their lawn. When anybody needs something they are going to pay the person they think is most CAPABLE of getting the job done. It’s that simple.
Watch out for the Transition Trap. If you don’t apply your skills and aim at bigger targets then you’ll get stuck after you get out of the service. You should be promoting in life and stepping up. Not struggling to be average and just trying to fit in and survive. And certainly not applying for low level entry jobs at the bottom of the totem pole.
You are capable of more in the civilian world than you think. As a veteran you are an expert at getting the job done. Your skills and abilities that you mastered in the service are what the civilian world wants. They need you to get the job done. They expect you to get the job done. They believe you are capable. You need to show them you are capable.
Hope that helps!
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About Nic Transtum
Nic is a husband, father with 6 girls "oh help us all", adventurer, entrepreneur, author, speaker, coach, Veteran, Blackhawk Pilot- US Army.
Nic has been to war and back on battlefields in the Middle-East...AND he's been to war in life after the military.
The UGLY TRUTH is he struggled deeply for years until he identified his next HVT in life and applied what he learned on the battlefield to achieving personal & business success.
Now he is dedicated to showing other veterans how to win at the next level after the military without struggling like he did... so we can all live the freedoms we fought for!