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Employers Find Leadership, Responsibility in Military Applicants

Posted November 18, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Leaving the security of a good job can be scary for anyone, but when you work for the military, the transition can be downright difficult. For many, it's the first time they've ventured into the job force.

Imagine creating a new world every day. That's what Steve Blackmon does for a living. He's a graphic artist at Fort Bragg, creating magazines, brochures, and pamphlets for different functions. The retired Air Force veteran found once out of the military, his dream job seemed a world away.

Blackmon says some companies had its own perceptions of what his military background had taught him.

"You're a trained killer," Blackmon explains. "You're the guy who fought a war. You drive a tank and shoot a gun. Employers don't think of it as you've got a civilian work background."

A lot of companies represented at the Fort Bragg job fair say they like hiring people with a military background. They are hardworking, disciplined, and have strong leadership skills.

Job recruiter Jim Newman says there are a lot of people coming out of the military that have the skills his company is looking for.

Personnel Technician Phyllis Witherington says many of her supervisors have a military background. She says they have learned to supervise other people and deal with other people in the military.

Some say it's all in the job hunt. Blackmon never gave up, and finally got a job in the career that he wanted. No matter what branch of service you are in, it is possible to get out of the military and be what it is you want to be.

Military bases around the country hold job fairs throughout the year. There are also programs in place helping service men and women design resumes and even search for jobs online.