By: AJE Recruiting Specialist
Searching for a new job is hard work. And for Veterans returning to the civilian workforce, it can be even more challenging. The Recruiting Experts at America’s Job Exchange, who specialize in diversity hiring candidates like Veterans, offer some approaches to Veterans looking to pursue a second career campaign.
1. Get organized. Gather and file all records pertaining to education, training, specific job titles and organizational experience. Any missing or lost records can be replaced through Veteran Affairs Online Application VONAPP at http://www.va.gov.
2. Do the research. Determine which career field is of most interest, and where the job opportunities are. Search online job boards specific to Veterans like America’s Job Exchange to see the types of job openings being posted. Also review the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook which outlines earnings, training and job descriptions for different types of jobs. You will begin to see the qualifications and credentials required to obtain jobs that interest you and how best to market your qualifications.
3. Translate your skills. Once you’ve identified the job you want to pursue you need to translate your military experience into civilian terminology. You can access online tools like the U.S. Department of Labor’s Military to Civilian Occupation Translator to help you outline the skills and experience you should outline in your resume.
4. Create a strong resume. Once you’ve determined the market and job, now it’s time to craft a resume that translates your military skills to a civilian career. Online Resume Builder can help you craft a resume and cover letter.
5. Determine if you need additional training. As with any job search, you may require some form of continuing education to achieve your job search goals. There are many resources available and most institutions now offer online courses and certificate programs that are both easily accessible and affordable. The Federal government also offers education and training programs for Veterans returning to the civilian workforce. Research your options.
6. Network. Networking is still one of the most effective strategies in the job search process. Countless job opportunities are based solely on referrals from friends and family. If you do not have a networking group, build one now. Friends, family, civic organizations, church groups - anyone that you can connect with and outline your job search goals may be able to connect you with a job opportunity.
7. Visit your local government employment office or career center. Each state has local one stop career centers that provide assistance with your job search as well as training and education programs. Visit yours today.
8. Recruit online. Online recruiting sites like America’s Job Exchange make your job search endeavor easy as they have partners listed who are interested in hiring Veterans with specialized skills like yours.