Are You a Military Tech Vet? How to Land a High-Paying IT Job


Many military veterans worry about finding civilian jobs after their military service. If your service in the military was in a field related to technology, you are unlikely to have trouble finding a job. Your military tech service makes you a valuable resource for several careers.


Emphasize Your Leadership Skills


In an interview with Robert Half Technology, former Army sergeant Zach Torre mentioned several key points he emphasized with potential employers, including his leadership abilities, “I received honors for my leadership skills and was promoted. The leadership skills I gained in the military have been very helpful.” As a civilian, he works as a network operations specialist.


Many military personnel lead troops starting at a young age. This early training makes them natural leaders for use in key industries. Much of the mentoring and training needed for a civilian is unnecessary with a military hire. Even if the job you interview for does not mention leadership skills as a requirement, mention it anyway.


Obtain Key Certifications


Take any and every opportunity you get to obtain certifications critical to securing a career in the civilian market. Cisco, Microsoft and Novell have a series of certifications that most mainstream employers want to see on a resume. If they do not see certain certificates, your resume will go in the circular file.


Fully accredited universities and colleges throughout the United States often offer these certifications. The good news is nearly all of them are online. Many state university systems offer key certificates in flexible, online formats. Some private universities specifically gear their online courses for students in the military.


Start Your Search in Familiar Territory


You might wonder how your military career can possibly transfer into skills a civilian employer wants and needs. If you specialized in disarming bombs in minefields, no need to worry—there is a need for your skills stateside.


If your military job required an intimate knowledge of mil spec wiring, for example, then you’re in luck. The aeronautics industry, many marine-related careers, aviation and others require and use mil spec wiring in manufacturing, maintenance and repairs. Do not hesitate to list any special equipment you can use and skills you have like disarming bombs. Many employers would happily welcome someone who has steady nerves and hands while working under mind-boggling pressure.


Keep in mind that beginning your search for a civilian career in industries that need your skill set gives you an advantage over other applicants.


Look for Companies That Value IT


Many companies and industries look at IT as a necessary evil and place little value on using IT to manage or grow their business. Any attempt to target those companies and try to convert them to the IT point of view is unlikely to succeed.


According to, you optimize your job search when you focus on business markets that hold high value for IT and processes related to it. It also helps when you hold degrees or certificates in ancillary fields such as engineering.


Your country thanks you for your military service. Enjoy civilian life in a successful career launched through your military tech training.

By: Hannah Whittenly

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