As the veteran community grows online, thousands of employers have begun to shift their focus to hiring prior service members. In fact, there are a number of employers throughout the United States that have taken steps to hire veterans based on their MOS, and for good reason:
It gave you experience across multiple industries.
Many times, employers hire an employee that appears to have experience for the position they were hired for, but that individual was likely hired out of a need for someone to quickly fill the position. The negative aspect of hiring quickly over quality is that the job isn’t performed at the level that it needs to be, and as a result, the employee, the team and the company suffers.
Your MOS in a particular field means that you’ve been trained by specialized professionals, and you were educated with discipline and precision to ensure every aspect of your job was done correctly. Keep in mind that although your MOS may not be directly relatable to a private sector job, it is useful in ways that you didn’t think of before (e.g., “Field 09” Native Language Speaker, Army MOS might be applicable in a unique way to benefit a company as an in-house sales liaison to foreign customers).
Your MOS is only one part of your military experience, however. Just like every other veteran, you’ve been trained to properly fill out paperwork with attention to detail (excellent for administration, customer service, and accounting positions). You were also once required to keep up with physical fitness standards based on your branch of service. You are not afraid of hard work to get the job done.
In short, consider all aspects of your military experience and skills associated with your primary MOS. Don’t underestimate the value you bring to a company and the career path you can follow!