Job Search Networking

“Networking is a dreeeaaad word for job seekers,” Patra intones.

But it’s not as hard as you may think it is. Check out this video and find out how networking can be relatively painless.

Why is networking important? Two thoughts:

1. Networking is your window on the “hidden” job market. The vast majority of jobs are not advertised publicly and to tap into this hidden market you must network and connect with others.

2. It’s an important component of your job search research. Find out what it’s like to work for companies you ‘re targeting. What is their corporate culture? How do they treat their employees?

“Who can

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From Military to Mainstream – Maximize Your Job Fair Attendance

Jaynine Howard, From Military to Mainstream

Listen to this podcast as Jaynine Howard of the radio show From Military to Mainstream interviews Kathleen Smith of ClearedJobs.Net on How To Maximize Your Job Fair Attendance.

Kathleen provides tips on how to make the most of a job fair, the importance of follow–up, and how a job fair fits into a job seeker’s overall job search strategy.

From Military to Mainstream – Maximize Your Job Fair Attendance.

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March 1 Cleared Job Fair Animoto

February 21 Defense Industry Weekly Roundup

Pentagon’s $525 Billion Budget Takes Most From Lockheed F-35

Tony Capaccio and Gopal Ratnam, Bloomberg. The F-35 loses 13 aircraft in the new budget proposal while other systems also face cuts or slow downs to save costs on the acquisition budget. Capaccio and Ratnam have a good view of the various pieces in the budget that was received with some skepticism on Capitol Hill this week. Of course, the biggest cuts will come in personnel for the Army and Marines tied with raising the fees for current retirees and their healthcare.

Cuts in End Strength, Rise in Medical Fees Appear to have Senate Support

John Grady, ScoutComms. The DoD is…

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Big Changes: Government or Military Transitioning to Civilian Work

If you have spent a long career in the military or government, the change to the civilian world is often even larger than you expect. Week after week I see people who were accomplished pilots, program managers, XO’s, SMEs, — and who are truly floundering.

Many have unrealistic expectations. For example, senior federal retirees often have lost their technical skills but do not have the P&L or business smarts expected in the management jobs they want. Military retirees have breadth but often not depth of expertise for technical or management jobs they seek. And far too many of both simply are flailing around, presenting themselves poorly but hoping a company…

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