Tag Archives: Job search

The Worst Mistake in a Job Search

At the most recent Cleared Job Fair, Patra Frame reviewed job seekers’ resumes. Patra shared one issue that challenged many of the job seekers she spoke with:

How do you write a resume when you don’t really know what you want to do?

You may have great skills. But do you know what you want to do with those skills?

“What do I want to be when I grow up?” Some of us may never be able to answer that question. So it may become, “What do I want to do in my next job?”

Finding the answer to one of the above questions is critical to…

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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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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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9 Interviewing Mistakes Security Cleared Job Seekers Should Avoid

You’ve been called in for an interview. As you know, first impressions are critical. The people you interview with will unknowingly make judgments about you within the first 30 seconds of meeting you. Those impressions may be based on how you shake hands or how you’re dressed, among other things. Bad impressions are very difficult to overcome, so strive to make a positive first impression.

Some interviewing mistakes to avoid:

1. Being Late. Promptness is important. Otherwise you’re wasting the interviewer’s time and placing seeds of doubt in the interviewer’s mind as to whether you can be trusted. If you’re going to be late, call your contact. Apologize and let…

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