So how do you deal with the question of having "no" or not enough experience when trying to get into the corporate world. The majority of my adult life has been spent in the military and now as a recent graduate for college and a newly commissioned reserve officer, I find myself trying to get into the corporate and professional world. I have had plenty of interviews and the majority come back saying we like you we like your background and training but you do not have enough experience for our company. Now I am trying to get into entry level management or entry level IT. So how do you overcome this problem?
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2LT Garcia, it has been my experience in the civilian world that employers don't know how to relate military training and experience to the civilian equivalent. Sometimes it's a matter of educating the employer of your duties and responsibilities on the military side and how they apply in the civilian market. For example "Platoon Leader" often means very little to a civilian employer, but when you talk about the supervision and operations management of a group of thirty-some soldiers over a specific period of time you have something a little more concrete and measureable that an employer can relate to. Hope this helps.
It is not what you say but how you say it. People in general could care less what another person wants. You have to sell what your saying in a manner in which they feel they are getting what they want. Read "How To Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. A lot of corporate leaders will swear by it and have read it.
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