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Career Networking: Ignore at Your Own Peril!

We love networking. We stress it's importance to all of our clients. Sometimes that message is received loud and clear, other times we wonder if people will follow through on their good intentions. But we always make the case for strong and consistent networking efforts for all of our military to civilian career changers. You just don't know how you'll find your next job, and a personal recommendation or bit of insider knowledge can be all that separates you from your next great career.

Okay, we've stated our point. But today we're going to share one of those made-for-our-blog news stories. This one is from the New York Times. The headline that caught our attention was, "In Hiring, a Friend in Need Is a Prospect, Indeed," and the entire article stresses the importance that having a friend, in other words a network, is in today's hiring process. Enjoy the article!


Help Me Find a Job: What You Must Do to Land a Job in a Hyper-Competitive Market

Here it is in one sentence:

You have to know what it is that sets you apart from the competition - and you need to know how to convey that to the prospective employer. Many candidates fail to do this. And they pay the price.

What's your "unique selling proposition?"

What is it that makes what you have to offer different from, and more valuable than, what other candidates are bringing to the table? (Note: this is not a simple exercise. Don't get discouraged if it takes you a lot of thought and creativity to pinpoint the most effective way to position yourself as a candidate. In fact, you should expect that this will require some effort.)

To uncover your USP, put yourself in the hiring company's shoes and think about your candidacy from their point of view. The fact that you want the job or need the job or think the job is a great career move or really like the company - none of those are unique points, and none will get the company to buy what you're selling.

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Veterans Job Search: How Do You Translate "Hero" to "Hardworking Civilian"?

As a veteran, you have spent time on the front lines, dodging bullets, disabling IED's, and planning strategy. Now, your service time is over and you are transitioning to the private sector. Like many, you enlisted young, and this may be the first time you are seeking a "real" job in the private sector. How do you take all your worldly experience and translate it into the skills employers are looking for?

In a 2010, SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) poll of its members, it was found that 60 percent of respondents said translating military skills was the biggest hurdle to veterans in writing resumes, interviewing, and other job-hunt communications.Surveys have shown that many returning veterans face a unique challenge in translating their specialized skills, along with their respect for discipline and chain of command, into a civilian vocabulary, and a civilian job.

YOU know you have a lot to offer an employer, but, you are struggling to translate those MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) assignments into market desirable skills and actionable phrases to include in your resume. Additionally, many Veterans feel a stigma or in some cases, discrimination, toward hiring veterans.

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Do You Have the Must-Have 2013 Job Skills?

There are a number of "must have skills" lists available online, and none are exhaustive. Still, it's nice to be reminded of a few important skills every now and again. The day after Thanksgiving, when our brains are in turkey-recovery mode, seems to be an appropriate day to highlight four of these skills, as noted by the Wall Street Journal. They are:

  1. Clear Communication
  2. Personal Branding
  3. Flexibility
  4. Productivity Improvement

We're very much in favor of good, strong, personal branding and clear communication is an essential ingredient of a successful personal brand. Flexibility (we think this should be adaptability) is always a plus for an employee. Employers like employees who can adapt to changing times, and employees who can adapt not only stay at the company longer, but position themselves for promotions when the time comes. Finally, we thought it was nice to see productivity improvement on the list. Why? There's little to be gained from avoiding the "we must do more with less" side of a tough business/employment environment, so why not tackle the problem head-on and position yourself as a valuable employee because you are increasingly productive?

We suggest that you visit the WSJ and read the whole article; their take on the value of these skills is also worth reading.


Will Your Facebook Profile Double as Your Resume?

We're not going to answer our own question, but it's an interesting (and increasingly likely) possibility. We'll explain why.

Facebook recently launched its "Social Jobs" App. Social Jobs aggregates job postings from many popular job boards and allows users to search for jobs based on various things, such as location, field, etc. This is all well and good; in fact it's standard stuff, really. Where Facebook's venture into job searching gets interesting is when you think about the fact that once an open job is found users can "like" it and companies can see who likes the various jobs. 

While it may be difficult to imagine HR departments checking out the profiles of people who "like" their job postings, the fact that a user could be singled out for that very reason begs the question, "Will your Facebook profile one day double as your resume?" And, "Should it now?"

The jury is still out on the above question, but there is no doubt that, with Facebook now in the job search arena, your profile will need to receive more attention than many job searchers previously thought.

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