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Your resume is the single most important marketing tool you have. This book covers the most important topics you will need to master in order to create a military to civilian career change resume that attracts attention and job offers. 


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Self-Marketing for Military to Civilian Career Transitions looks at the new context of work with its universal entrepreneurial culture. Whether you own your own business or are part of a giant multi-national corporation, you can’t afford to think of yourself or your career in any other terms. 

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Thursday
Feb282013

Military to Civilian Transition: How Where You Work Changes How You Perform

The adjustment from the military workplace to the private sector office is one of the significant adjustments that veterans have to make during their military to civilian career changes. This adjustment neither simple or well-mapped in today's world, because today's workplace can be an office building with cubicles, a conference room with collaborative team environments or a home office.

With so many different potential work environments, we think it's worth reviewing them every once in a while, and today we've decided to share a great artice that points out what type of work is best done at home and at the office.

Are you a creative person? Do you routinely develop new solutions to problems or work on developing new systems, for instance? If so, you should expect to work in an office, according to The New York Times. Are you a real workhorse? Do you thrive when you're able to sit down with a task, work though it diligently for hours at a time and product copious amounts of work? If so, you could expect to be able to work from home. Why, you may ask? The reason is because corporations have spent time and money evaluating their various work arraignments - work from home, flexible home or office, and office-only scenarios, and have found which types of work are best done is which environments.

Creativity seems to require an office, where collaborators are there to evaluate ideas and grow concepts or designs. Productivity seems to be found at home, where interruptions are fewer and the employee can work in greater comfort and autonomy. Of course few jobs are all creativity or all productivity, which means the vast majority require a bit of both. Which probably explains why a large portion of Americans report working some time at home and some time at the office each week.

So, what's a takeaway from the article? There are many, but here's an easy one: If you're going into an interview it's a good idea to compare the type of work the job requires work with the work-location options the employer makes available. And, now that you know where productivity and creativity are most likely to be found, don't make the mistake of asserting that you're a creative person who works best at home, they have probably just read an article that says the opposite!

Monday
Feb252013

Social Media and Your Career Search

It's time for another Career Search America wrap-up post! In these posts we compile together our "greatest hits" of career advice. In this post, we've compiled all of our social mdia and social networking career and job search advice. Enjoy!

Friday
Feb222013

Career Search Books - Check Out Books by Career Search America

Have you checked out our great selection of career search books lately? Here they are...

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Career success is an “inside-out” process. If you dedicate yourself to a careful self-assessment before you launch your next job search, you will find yourself in an elite group of professionals who know what they want, know what they have to offer, and know where their careers are taking them.

 

Buy in Print | Buy e-Book

Your resume is the single most important marketing tool you have. This book covers the most important topics you will need to master in order to create a military to civilian career change resume that attracts attention and job offers. 


Buy e-Book

Self-Marketing for Military to Civilian Career Transitions looks at the new context of work with its universal entrepreneurial culture. Whether you own your own business or are part of a giant multi-national corporation, you can’t afford to think of yourself or your career in any other terms.

Wednesday
Feb202013

Don't Neglect These Powerful Career Advancement Opportunities

If you are committed to career advancement, you must be willing to take important steps to achieve your professional goals. One critical career development strategy, which many professionals neglect, is building relationships with executives. To reach higher levels of the organization, senior level managers need to know who you are and what you have to offer. If you do not take advantage of opportunities to pursue executive relationships, you are doing yourself and your career a disservice.

If you have not yet begun to build executive relationships, the process can feel intimidating. Common fears include: What will I say? Will I be bothering someone? How will my manager feel? These are perfectly natural, but do not let them stop you! In order to advance your career and achieve your professional goals, you will need to step outside your comfort zone.

Here are some opportunities you may want to consider:

1. Engage executives in meetings. In meetings these days, it is very typical to find professionals paying closer attention to their mobile devices than the presenter. If there are high-level executives in your meeting, this is a wasted opportunity.

Rather than monitor your email or text messages, find ways to engage in the discussion. Make eye contact and visibly express your interest. Contribute your insights, or ask thoughtful questions. If there is an opportunity at the end of the meeting, take a moment to introduce yourself.

 

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Tuesday
Feb122013

Careers Searches Are About More than Unemployment Rates

It's easy to become caught up, during your career search, in trying to find a job in a sector with a low rate of unemployment. After all, isn't a sector with low unemployment a strong sector and a good place to look for a job? While this is true, the unemployment rate only tells part of the tale of a sector's strength and of your potential future earnings. Allow us to explain.

While you may spend less time looking for a job in a sector with low unemployment, you should also consider its future wage growth. After all, why spend time in a sector with wages and salaries that won't keep up with inflation? So, how should you go about finding more information on wage growth in the various sectors? Start with the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. They keep good, current, data on a number of wage-related topics. After that, you should check news articles in major financial publications, such as the WSJ.

Happy rising-wage career hunting!

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