Tag Archives: Job search

Eight Steps for the Care and Feeding of Recruiters

Recruiters are the gatekeepers for most jobs. They can also be a tremendous advocate and resource for cleared job seekers. Knowing the best way to work with recruiters is crucial for any cleared professional looking for their next opportunity.

But let’s be clear. A recruiter’s role is to fill the positions they have open and to be on the lookout for talent their company may need in the future. They aren’t a job finding service for you. However they can be an invaluable resource for you. And you for them.

How Do I Make a Recruiter’s Job Easier

1.  Don’t apply for jobs you aren’t qualified for. If you…

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Leaving Active Duty? Smart Steps While Still Serving

Transitioning military personnel often wait too long to start their career transition process. Some choose to completely avoid planning for job search but expect it will be easy to find a job. Even when you are in the midst of your current assignment, there are steps you can take to ease your transition and start your preparation for your next career adventure.

Start with the transition programs available to you in person or electronically. These are often dense with information and you may need to take more than one option to get all the details you need.

Build a plan – smart folks start 8-12 months before they intend to…

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Keep Your Options Open After Being Rejected

You have gotten a rejection letter for the job for which you interviewed. You say a few choice words under your breath and of course, you are always curious about why someone else was chosen. You may never get the real answer, mostly because the company needs to protect themselves from any potential EEOC claim from perceived or real issues. Even if they were willing to provide you the information, they may not have time to do so.

Is this the end of the road for your career path for this company?  It might not be. Add a few more steps in your job search action to-do list. This is…

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4 Quick Job Seeker Resolutions for 2014

Start of a new year means it’s time to step back and take an objective look at your job search. Here are 4 quick job search checks to get you on the right track for a successful 2014.

1. Only apply to jobs for which you’re truly qualified. This can be a tough one since it’s so easy to apply for jobs online. You need to meet 80% of the job requirements to apply. The only way around this rule is if you are being referred or you know someone in the hiring process. Think of it this way. Why would a hiring manager want to…

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Empathy for Veterans and Recruiters

Many veterans on the job hunt get frustrated because they feel like potential employers don’t understand or appreciate their experiences. While this is often true, we have to remember that empathy goes both ways. Service members also need to find ways to understand the unique constraints that recruiters, hiring managers, and supervisors find themselves in when dealing with veterans in the workforce. Bridging the culture gap takes more than just finding newer and (often times louder) ways to tell our side of the story, the empathy that we need comes from understanding where the other side is coming from.

Imagine if a civilian technical representative were assigned to your active…

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