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Veterans are you finding it hard to find good paying jobs?

I am a veteran of the U.S. Navy. I earned a honorable discharge after four and half years. The problem is getting into a job paying at least over 50k. I have the experience but no college. I am going to tap into my GI Bill but right now I cannot because I have two young daughters that me and my wife are raising. I would like to know if any other Veterans are feeling my pain as well. Let me know!

Asked By: 1nf3rn0 - 9/2/2008
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Check with General Dynamics and other defense contractors. Companies that do a significant amount of business with DOD give a lot of weight to ex-military personnel... More
Answered By: knuckle dragger - 9/2/2008
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Yes, yes, yes, it's tough as nails to find a job that pays decent. Then, on top of that, it's hard to find a job where your fellow employees have the same attitude towards doing a job correctly as in the military! I swear if I hear, "that's not my job" one more time I'll scream. The civilian sector is not all it's... More
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Answered By: usafcmycloud - 9/2/2008
 
Yeah it's rough out here in the civilian world. Military experience doesn't seem to carry as much weight as it used to. I've found that the state you live in plays a big role as well. Wages are lower in the south, as much as 25% less than what you'd get in the north or west, but the cost of living is lower as well... More
Answered By: Lee - 9/2/2008
 
It has been challenging to say the least. I separated from the Navy about a year and a half ago. I am working in a local hospital earning 1/4 of what I made as an HM1... More
Answered By: barbamatt - 9/2/2008
 
YES !! I got out in 1999, and the DoD jobs were pretty much GONE. I moved back to the Silicon Valley and started as a receptionist for a small telecomm company, was Customer Service manager in a month, and then taught myself the engineering end and was the Deputy Operations Manager 6 months later. (USAFMyCloud makes... More
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Answered By: mariner31 - 9/2/2008
 
I had no problem. Found a very well paying job and really its about who you know. I got back to Atlanta from 5 years in the Army and well just went around town and meet people. Put my name out there and that was the really hard part but now it pays off. It took me about a month and a half....so tims is a factor so... More
Answered By: GeorigaDawgs - 9/2/2008
 
You didn't say what your rate is so I'm note sure of your training, but defense contractors and subcontractors are a good possiblity. If you live near a military installtion, keep an eye out for job fairs many seek recruitment thru these as do many non miltay employers. Also check to see if your local employment office... More
Answered By: brian k - 9/2/2008
 
Hey Ed, I know just what you are talking about. I got out in 1977 and I wound up back in a grocery store. Finally had to retire due to medical problems I got from the Army. Not knowing what you did in the Navy, I would suggest maybe going back in the Navy and work on your degree from there. If that doesn't work for you... More
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Answered By: Mr Puma - 9/2/2008
 
I've heard some people have had problems but I just landed one for when I return. The DC area, although I'm not a real big fan of it, is where there a lot of jobs, especially on the analytical side of things. Jobs there with a college degree are about $60-70 grand. And the area houses a lot of military members and... More
Answered By: Roarman - 9/2/2008
 
I am and I have a degree, just that I have no other experience than being in the Marines as a grunt that went to school either on base or distant education. They want that experience civilian instead of a Marine that shot guns his whole 10-years. I do security now for a firm that pays around 10k a year with barely... More
Answered By: ? - 9/2/2008
 
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