There are plenty of routes to go once you leave the military. For many, it means going back to school. For some, it means stepping straight into industry. Manufacturing is often an attractive sector for veterans for a number of reasons. For one, jobs in this category can offer you the satisfaction of creating something, or being in charge of people who are creating things. Secondly, you generally don’t need to go back to school for those type of jobs. And, it’s a sector that includes a number of union positions, which come with benefits.

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U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew C. Duncker/Released)

Hiring managers know that the veteran and military community have the values and work ethic needed to succeed. Check out this week's featured jobs from top companies specifically looking for your military experience!

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When I first started telling people I was leaving the Army, I didn’t have an elevator pitch ready to trot out. I stumbled over what to say and how to say it when people asked the inevitable “So what’s next?” I knew I needed to have a succinct, snappy answer once I started interviewing for positions, but I didn’t realize how useful it would be to figure out a short personal statement before I even started job searching.

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Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chuck Walker

You’re finished with your first civilian job interview, and now all that is left to do is follow up with an email to say thank you. This shows that you really want the job and are eager to show it. Most importantly, it allows you to continue the conversation from the interview, so that more questions can be asked or information offered, as necessary.

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