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Best Military to Civilian Job Search Tips

Veteran Job SearchIf you are active duty military or a veteran in a civilian job search, what are your biggest problems?

  • Finding enough opportunities
  • Finding the right opportunities that fit your skills
  • Some employers are wary about you and how you may relate and adapt to civilian work culture
  • Explaining your skills in a way that civilian employers see as valuable

These problems can get in the way even when you have true job skills and employers feel favorably about hiring veterans. This is why the unemployment rate for veterans is higher than average. Many a veteran has been passed over for jobs they were completely qualified for.

To overcome these issues and get good job offers, you need to...

Find More Opportunities

When you first begin job searching, you probably get on some kind of job board and look at listings. It looks like a lot at first, until you start narrowing it down to what fits you. What you're left with is a few jobs you can apply for. But guess what? For most people, it won't be enough. Very few of those online applications result in actual interviews (some say it's as low as 2% of applicants).

The big "secret" of job searching is that for every job you see listed, there's at least one more that isn't. That's the hidden job market. That's what you need to access in order to find the opportunities you need.

*See How to Find Unadvertised Jobs and Get Interviews.

Contact Hiring Managers Directly

You need to contact hiring managers directly, because applying online through HR departments won't cut it for you. This method doesn't work for anyone who isn't a letter-perfect fit for the job.

The most effective move any job seeker can make now is to stop applying for jobs online and instead go straight to the hiring manager. Very few online applications result in interviews (and this is true for everyone), so don't even waste your time. Think about what the job title of your potential boss would be, and look for people with those job titles at companies you're interested in and send them an email with your resume. 96% of executives say that contacting hiring managers gets more interviews.  It will probably take some research on your part, but your interviews will be worth it.

* See this video about How to Go Directly to the Hiring Manager to Land the Interview.

Have a Resume That Markets You

In today's job market, a resume that is only a job history won't get you the interviews you want. You need a resume that acts as a marketing document. It should 'sell' you for the job, and grab the attention of employers with a clear, strategically-written objective statement, bullet points, and quantification.

Communicate Effectively in the Interview

When you get the interview, you need to communicate in a way that helps them visualize you in the job. The very best way to do this is to bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan that shows how you would approach this job in the first 90 days. These plans take a lot of research to complete, but the effect on a hiring manager is huge.

30-60-90-Day Plans are the most effective interview tool for everyone from brand-new graduates to those with years of experience. The last time I was in a job search, my plans got my 5 job offers, and when I was a recruiter, I insisted that my candidates bring them, too (and they got hired at a very high rate).

Find out more about 30 60 90 Day Plans and start creating yours for your interview.

Because military folks (and their spouses, too) can have difficulty effectively communicating your value to employers and getting hired, we put together a targeted collection of tools especially for you called Mission: Transition.  It solves unique issues like job searching long-distance, translating military experience for civilian hiring managers (on resumes and in interviews), answering interview questions, 30-60-90-Day Plans, and more.

This Memorial Day 2016, we are offering this package at a massive discount for active duty military or veterans. Check out the sale here - Mission: Transition Memorial Day Sale.

 

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Educate Yourself

Formal education
will make you a living;
self-education
will make you a fortune.

~ Jim Rohn

 

I think that we all ought to keep learning, growing, and becoming more than we were before. The way to do this is to be constantly furthering our own education in whatever it is that we're working for.

If you're in a job search, it means you should make the effort to learn how to job search and to learn as much as you can about the company before you set foot into your first interview.

If you're already in your job, you need to be reading about your field, your competitors, trends, and how to be better at what you do. This is how you get chosen for raises, bonuses, recognition, and awards, and these are what propel you up the ladder to success.  Companies don't always provide opportunities for continuous learning or extra training, so this is something we need to take charge of ourselves.

If you're in a job search now, I encourage you to learn how to be better at your search (start by attending one of my free job search and interview training webinars this week). Learn how to research the company before your first interview and put all that into a 30-60-90-day plan.  Learn how to answer interview questions and negotiate a better salary.

Now and throughout your career: Get on LinkedIn and Twitter and follow thought leaders in your field. Read blogs and articles that make you better than you were before. Network continually to meet others that you can learn from. I wish you the best of luck!

 

Is the job search worse than boot camp?

Peggy McKee Job Search Interview CoachingFor active-duty military or veterans, a job search can be difficult.

Civilian employers don't always know what to make of your skills or experience. As a result, many extremely valuable people have been passed over for jobs. (Unemployment rate for vets is higher than average.)

We don't want that to happen to you. So...

Join me on Facebook for 4 Days of Live Streaming Job Search Tips to solve the biggest issues facing military veterans in the job search!

  • What does my resume need to show my value as an employee?Career Confidential on Facebook
    - Monday May 23 @ Noon (Central time)
  • Why can't I get an interview?
    - Tuesday May 24 @ 9 am (Central time)
  • How does LinkedIn fit into my job search? military to civilian job search
    - Wednesday May 25 @ 9 am (Central time) 
  • How can I show my true value in the interview and get the company to hire me?
    - Thursday May 26 @ 9 am (Central time) 

All on our Career Confidential Facebook Page!

These free talks are part of our special Memorial Day Promotion for Veterans:

Mission: Transition Memorial Day Sale

For a short time only, we are offering this collection of job-getting tools and coaching specifically for active duty military and military veterans at 80% off!

Be sure to check it out! See you on Facebook!

America's Job Openings Near Record High ... Great News, Except ...

America Job Skills GapMaybe you've seen the news that America's job openings are near a record high of 5.8 million (see this story from CNN Money).  That sounds like great news, but read on in that story and you'll see the catch: the job skills gap.
 
According to the article, employers are having a hard time finding people with the skills they want for the jobs they have open. Part of the problem is a real gap in the education needed for certain jobs, but for a lot of these jobs, employers' expectations are running a little too high. They want people who are ready to run on Day 1, who don't need any training in order to do the job. They got used to being able to ask for and get 'perfect' job candidates during the recession, and haven't all adjusted yet.

This is causing a problem for a lot of candidates. When you look at online job postings, you'll see a lot of overwhelming job requirements in their ads and think, "There's no way they'll look at me." If you respond to the posting and apply online so that your application goes to HR, that's probably true.  Now what?

If you know you can do the job even though you don't have all that the employer is asking for in an applicant, here's what you can do:
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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Ask

If you don't ask, you don't get.

~ Stevie Wonder

 

This is a simple quote that tells it like it is. I like it because I work with job seekers all the time who are afraid to contact hiring managers directly to ask for an interview.

If you find yourself hesitating to take action, I want you to think about something:  What's the worst that can happen? The worst that can happen is that the answer will be 'no.'  That's it. It doesn't hurt you and it doesn't derail your career if they say no. The truth is that sometimes they will say yes.  If you don't ask, you don't get.

If you're willing but you're not quite sure how to get it done, get my Hidden Jobs Finder. It will tell you exactly how to find the job opportunities you need and what to say to hiring managers to get the interview.  You don't have to agonize over it. Just do it.

Want some motivation and encouragement? Come to one of our Free Online Job Search or Interview Training Webinars this week. I pack my webinars with top-notch tips, insights, and advice that will help you be more successful.  (Plus, we give free gifts for registering and attending each webinar.)

See what's on the schedule this week:  Career Confidential Free Training Webinars Page.

 

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Fan Possibility Into Achievement

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

~ Golda Meir

 

How do you make the most of yourself and fan possibility into achievement? I think you do it by always investing in yourself--by reading books, talking to people, and doing the things that are difficult or that scare you a little.

Read books that sharpen your mind for work or for the things you need to do to open opportunities for yourself (like networking, job searching, leadership, management, etc.). Learn new things.

Talk to people around you (your network) and get a mentor or two to bounce ideas off of and learn from.

Do things that others won't do. Even if you only try or achieve 10% more than others, that still sets you apart.  Make the effort to find hidden jobs.  Create a brag book (and bring it to your interview). Bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your next interview.

Learn more and set yourself apart by coming to one of our Free Online Job Search or Interview Training Webinars this week. I pack my webinars with top-notch tips, insights, and advice that will help you be more successful.  (Plus, we give free gifts for registering and attending each webinar.)

See what's on the schedule this week:  Career Confidential Free Training Webinars Page.

 

Conference Call Monday - 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search

Peggy McKee Job Search Interview CoachingCall me Monday May 9th @ Noon (Central Time) for...
 

5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search

 

- No sign up required - just show up!

 - Q&A time - bring your questions!

- Resume tips for those with 20+ years of experience!

- How to find jobs and get interviews!

- How to interview and get the offer!

 

How to Join the Conference Call

 
Simply dial in and enter your Participant Access number.
Dial-In Number:  Philadelphia, PA  +1 (267) 930-4000
Participant Access: 101-916

To join the conference from your iPhone, click this link: http://rcconf.net/1JIgDdH

To mute your line, press *#6 on your keypad.

Talk to you soon!

 

Facebook Live Streaming - 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search

Peggy McKee Job Search Interview CoachingMeet me on Facebook  - Monday May 9th @ Noon (Central Time) for...

5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search

 

Live Streaming on Career Confidential’s Facebook Page

- No sign up required - just show up!

 - Q&A time - bring your questions!

- Resume tips for those with 20+ years of experience!

- How to find jobs and get interviews!Facebook Live Streaming

- How to interview and get the offer!

See you there!

 

Your Job Search Is a Personal Marketing Campaign!

Resume WritingSearching for a job is hard work. No matter how diligently you try, it can feel like you are not doing enough to land the one you want. You most likely started with a solid resume crafted by professional executive resume writers, numerous job searches and an upgrade to your online information to show how employable you are. However, let’s face it, there’s a lot of competition out there and it takes something exceptional to stand out from the rest. You are basically marketing yourself by trying to sell your skills to a potential employer. Think of your job search like running your own marketing campaign.

Starting the Conversation

Read more...

LinkedIn Tips and Confidence-Builder Strategies for You!

Peggy McKee Job Search Interview CoachingI am excited to host several FREE coaching sessions this week for any and all—no sign up necessary!

Don’t miss the Live Q&A after each short presentation. Bring your most pressing job search or career advancement questions!

Choose the time and platform most convenient for you (Conference Call, Facebook Live Streaming, or YouTube Live Streaming). I look forward to seeing you there!

 

3 Big Mistakes People Make with LinkedIn


LinkedIn is the biggest and most important career network in the world, Live Streaming Peggy McKee Career Confidential
but most people aren’t using it to their full advantage.  Learn what mistakes hold you back and what you should be doing with LinkedIn. 

Session includes Live Q&A—bring your questions for me!

  • Tuesday May 3 @ 5 pm (Central) – Conference CallLive Streaming Peggy McKee Career Confidential

Simply dial in and enter your Participant Access number.

Dial-In Number:  Philadelphia, PA  +1 (267) 930-4000

Participant Access: 101-916

To join the conference from your iPhone, click this link: http://rcconf.net/1JIgDdH

To mute your line, press *#6 on your keypad.

  • Friday May 6 @ 12 pm (Central) – Live Streaming on YouTube

 

How to Increase Your Confidence: Tips and Tricks to Be Stronger in Your Job Search, Career, and Life


A lack of confidence, negative thinking, and plain old fear hold too many of us back. Let me show you easy ways to boost your confidence, be happier, and achieve more in your job search, career, and life. Session includes Live Q&A—bring your questions for me!

  • Wednesday May 4 @ 9am (Central) – Conference Call

Simply dial in and enter your Participant Access number.

Dial-In Number:  Philadelphia, PA  +1 (267) 930-4000

Participant Access: 101-916

To join the conference from your iPhone, click this link: http://rcconf.net/1JIgDdH

To mute your line, press *#6 on your keypad.

  • Thursday May 5 @ 4pm (Central) –  Live Streaming on YouTube

 

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – How Will You React?

Life is 10% what happens to you
and 90% how you react to it.

~ Charles R. Swindoll

 

Derek had taken 5 years off work to care for his children after the death of his wife. When he was ready to go back to work, he interviewed for a job he could have done with his eyes closed--but he didn't get the job.

What would you have done if that had happened to you?  If you're like a lot of us, you may have decided in the face of that rejection that you needed to go back to school to refresh your skills, that you needed to aim for a lower-level job instead, or even that you no longer belonged in that field.

Derek didn't do any of those things. Instead of giving up or taking that rejection personally, Derek got another interview for the same type of job, but this time took a 30-60-90-day plan to show what he was capable of.  Derek so impressed them in the interview with his plan that they created a role for him that was a more senior role (with a higher salary) than what he'd interviewed for.

Derek's reaction was amazing, and I hope you are encouraged by his story.

If you are interviewing but not getting offers, take a 30 60 90 Day Plan.

30-60-90-Day Action Plan

30-60-90-Day Sales Plan

30-60-90-Day Plan for Managers

30-60-90-Day Plan for Executives

BTW - If you are sending out your resume but not getting interviews, don't assume that no one wants you. Instead, take steps to redo your resume and find more jobs by uncovering hidden jobs in your field (there will be a lot).

Best of luck.

 

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Do More

The more we do,
the more we can do.

~ William Hazlitt

 

The more we learn, the more we can do. The more we do, the better we are at whatever it is. We get faster, stronger, and better.

I think that we should always be learning and growing as much as we can--not just in the skills that may make you great at your job, but in the things that will help you long-term in your career:  networking, marketing yourself, and reaching for new opportunities.

It can be hard to get started, but once you do, it gets easier.

I want to encourage you to take action this week. Make that phone call. Talk to that person. Send your resume to that hiring manager.  Learn how to market yourself, even if it means working with a career coach.

Check out what's on topic for Career Confidential's Free Training Webinars this week.  I hope to see you there.

Best of luck.

 

What can happen when you wow them in the interview...

This is a great story. TJ wowed them so much that a hard-to-get-into company searched to find just the right position for him. Congratulations, TJ!

I wanted to tell Peggy McKee a thousand thank yous.

Even though I narrowly lost out on the position I interviewed for, they were [so] impressed with the answers I gave based on her advice that they searched to find a position for me. I wound up getting a different, equally exciting job offer with the same company (who are hard to get into to).

The senior director told me no one had ever given him a 30-60-90 written out plan before and was wowed. I recommend your book to everyone. - TJ


Is there a competitive interview in your future?
Use these resources below...

 
Give the best interview answers.

I also have:

Prefer video?

 
 
 Bring a 30 60 90 Day Plan to your next interview:

 
Read Finding a Job Fast Using a 30-60-90-Day Plan - available on Amazon.
 
 
 

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Run Your Day

Either you run the day
or the day runs you.

~ Jim Rohn

 

Have you ever noticed that when you start your day with a plan, a goal, or a schedule, you get more done than on days you don't?  In a job search, it's all too easy to get distracted by home things, spend too much time surfing the web for job listings, or even just making "just one more" tweak to your resume before you send it out.

Take control of your time while you're in your job hunt.  Set measurable goals for yourself:

It's important to send out the best resume possible, but at some point you have to take a breath and send it.  Make a plan for concrete, measurable activities that will move you forward in your search.

Don't spend 8 hours a day on job search activity. Instead, spend 4-6 hours on it and then take a break.  Take care of yourself.  Get a workout. Visit friends. Read a great book. Volunteer. Do something fun. Plan these things into your day.  There's a lot of rejection built into any job search, and these things will keep your spirits up, help you feel better, and boost your confidence.

Make a plan for every day this week. Take control of your time, and you'll be more productive.

Spend an hour with me in one of our great job search and interview webinars!  Learn more and sign up on our Training Webinars Page.

Best of luck.

Job Search Funnel

They say a picture is worth a thousand words...this one shows you how your job search works and why it's so important to reach out to as many people as you can and contact hiring managers by the hundreds.  (Thanks for the pic, Gregory Winkeleer!)

Job Search

The more people you put into the top of your funnel, the more job offers you'll end up with.

How can you throw as many people as possible into your jobs funnel?

Transform those introductions and job leads into job offers with:

  • Sending a job interview-generating resume

These will get you the job offers you want.