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3 Interviewing Tips for Transitioning Military

URS talking to a transitioning military service memberMany military members have difficulty in interviews. In various programs, I have heard those who were sure that they were “too intense” for civilians when interviewing and those who worried about whether they could answer questions effectively.

In mock interviews with transitioning military many coaches find few who can present their skills and knowledge in terms the hiring manager will understand. In talking with recruiters and hiring managers, this same problem is commonly mentioned.

Tip 1: Learn the Language

It is your job to translate your past into the future you want. As you study the work you seek to do next, look at the words that are used. Read…

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Three Networking Success Tips

You can hardly say job search without ‘networking’ popping up. Why? Studies show consistent networkers are more successful in business and in life. Yet many of us fear it or misunderstand the process. These are human connections. You are helping each other.

Tip 1. Learn how to network

Think about what you need to learn from your networking efforts. You’ll need job search focus and goals to guide your networking to achieve success.

Here is a ‘cheat sheet’ of categories to start – build your own list from it:

  1. Reconnecting – with people you value but have not connected with lately
  2. Professional groups’ meetings – such as: national/local groups

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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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3 Networking Success Tips

You can hardly open your browser or a business publication without seeing something about networking. Why? Studies show regular networkers are more successful in business and in life. True for introverts and extroverts incidentally.

Tip 1. Learn how to network

Don’t bother with random events or big ‘networking’ ones. Think about what you want to get from your networking efforts and how they relate to your job search and future success. Look at what you have done in the past. What has been most effective? Less so? What else do you need to do? Where and how?

Here is a ‘cheat sheet’ of categories – build your list from it

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Smart and Senior – Job Search Tips

Every job fair in the past 18 months which I have attended or heard of has had more senior-level people attending. So your ‘competition’ is increasing. What should you do?

Tip 1.  It’s who knows you, not just who you know.

You need to involve your current network effectively, of course. But now is also the time to expand it. Go for quality, not quantity! Connect via professional groups you belong. Add in LinkedIn or Twitter to increase your reach and to show you are using current tools.

Networking is the most common way anyone with extensive experience – and all of us on the north side of 35 – get

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