Mar 21 2013
Jim Carman of MOAA has a great article on LinkedIn.com titled “10 Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job.”
You’ll have to join Linkedin and the MOAA Career Networking group – but, if you are not a member already and you are looking for a job, you should join now:
I teach Business Writing at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, and we cover extensively the topic of resumes and finding a job. There are a lot of former military members at the school (there are a lot in Colorado Springs!), so I am able to help them and hear their experiences. What I wanted to do below is just add a couple of comments to the tips posted by Jim.
- Watch how you dress! The first impression is vital – shine your shoes, spend a couple of extra dollars on a good suit and shoes. It is worth it and shows the employer that you are interested and ready.
- Network when looking for a job! Go through Linkedin and look up old buddies and bosses. Ask them to review your resume for their industry. Ask them if they know of any leads. A job doesn’t come from the 1st contact – many times it comes to you because that person knows someone who knows someone.
- Don’t talk too much! Let the interviewer talk. But do ask questions. Research the company and figure some good questions about the company, its’ growth, employees’ potential for growth, etc. Also, people like to hire others who they think they can get a long with. Therefore, look at your interviewer’s walls and desks – do you see photos or signs of similar interests? Scuba diving in Hawaii? Sport trophies? Camping? If so, ask about these items and let the interviewer know you have similar interests.
I hope this helps. I could go on – I usually do for a couple of classes at UCCS. And I didn’t even touch on how a resume should look.
One final tip for job hunting – utilize the tools and resources of MOAA, and attend a career fair or networking event if you can. Their LinkedIn group is also an excellent place to look, discuss, and network.