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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.

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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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Careers With Staying Power

Continuing on our theme from Wednesday, here is a great video from CNN/Money about a job with an incredibly low, and stable, unemployment rate. Enjoy!


Careers, the Unemployment Rate & Reality

We all keep track of the nation's unemployment rate. Currently it's hovering right around 7.8%, and it's been that way for a while. But the nation's unemployment rate doesn't tell the full story of the job market. In fact, some new data has been released that should give all of our career transitioners out there a bright spot in their week and a lot of information to use to find their next position.

Allow us to elaborate. At the end of last week the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics released a small avalanche of data that included unemployment rates by occupation for 2011 and 2012, as well as the percentage change in these rates. For some occupations, the numbers are abysmal. 28.5% of actors, for instance, are unemployed. However other sectors faired much better. One bright spot that caught our attention was aviation. Aircraft mechanics (2.6%) and Avionics technicians (1.7%) both saw drops in their already low unemployment rates.

There are many other examples of bright spots in the labor market. So we strongly encourage you to visit this chart, put together by the Wall Street Journal, and the BLS page as well. Happy career hunting!


Military to Civilian Transition: New Employment Initiatives for Veterans

Attention vets: have you heard about the Gold Card yet? 

The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS).

Image of Gold Card - Services for post 9/11 era veteransAn eligible veteran can present the Gold Card at his/her local One-Stop Career Center to receive enhanced intensive services including up to six months of follow-up.

The enhanced in-person services available for Gold Card holders at local One-Stop Career Centers may include:


  • Job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing;
  • Development of an Individual Development Plan (IDP);
  • Career guidance through group or individual counseling that helps veterans in making training and career decisions;
  • Provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information that inform educational, training, and occupational decisions;
  • Referral to job banks, job portals, and job openings;
  • Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors;
  • Referral to training by WIA-funded or third party service providers; and
  • Monthly follow-up by an assigned case manager for up to six months.

Eligible veterans can print a Gold Card here.


Tips on Interviewing: What You Need to Know About The Informational Interview

Most career searches begin with a casual conversation known as an informational interview. These may be with people who already know us well, or with others with whom we have made a connection through personal networking.

In any case, it's a golden opportunity to try out your interview skills and to do important career research on industry sectors and the job market.

How an Informational Interview is Different from a Job Interview

As the name suggests, this sort of interview differs significantly from interviews where an applicant is being considered for employment. As mentioned above, your goal is to answer important questions related to your career transition and job search. These may focus on a range of topics from industry trends, the workplace impact of new technologies, or predictions for hiring or downsizing. In short, they can include anything and everything of mutual interest to both parties, sticking to business, of course.

The informational interview is an ideal setting for such a conversation. First of all, the atmosphere is more relaxed than in a job interview, and consequently, the conversation can be less structured and more divergent. This gives you the chance to explore topics you might not have thought of going in. You might even uncover new, unexpected areas of opportunity. More on this in a moment.

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Job Seeker's New Year's Resolutions

Here are 5 of our top New Year's Resolutions for career changers! Click on each resolution for more information on how do make them a reality.

  1. Network Better Using Social Media
  2. Learn how to translate your military experience into resume bullet points
  3. Complete a Career Aptitude Test
  4. Try the Self-Marketing Interview
  5. Invest in Yourself (if you won't who will?)
Happy New Year from Everyone at Career Search America!

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