101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #12 Veterans

#12 Veterans

If you’re a veteran seeking civilian work, first THANK YOU for your service and second, don’t panic trying to figure out where you should start. There are plenty of resources at your disposal to assist in your job search.

Following is a list of some of the best tools available to veterans when you’re getting ready to transition to civilian work.

Job Translator Tools

Let’s begin with what type of job you’ll be looking for and how you can go about determining what jobs are available to you based on the experience you received during your military career. You should know that corporate recruiters have a difficult time trying to figure out how someone with military experience qualifies for a particular job. Often times the military has what seems like its own language, including acronyms, and unless you’ve come from the military world, recruiters can’t translate the experience.

Because of this, companies started offering tools called ‘military translators’ on their career page that will translate the job you had in the military into job opportunities in that particular company. If you don’t see a link on the career page, type in military translator in the company’s search box. If the company doesn’t offer a translator there are other websites that offer the service. Below is a list of websites that provide military translators.

TAOnline: https://www.taonline.com/military-skills-translator/
Military.com: http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/skills-translator/
Vets.gov: https://www.vets.gov/employment/job-seekers/skills-translator
CareerOneStop: https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/jobs/find-veteran-jobs.aspx
O*Net: https://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/MOC/
My Next Move: https://www.mynextmove.org/vets/

I strongly encourage you to use one of these tools and translate your skills into relatable civilian skills to enhance your chances of getting the job.

Transition Office

If you’re getting ready to leave the military be sure to work with your transition office on base. They’ll provide guidance on how to begin the process of looking for a job once you leave the military. Many bases offer career fairs where companies will come to the base to recruit. Transition offices will also provide assistance in drafting a resume.

Career Fairs

Each year there are career fairs that are held around the country specifically for veterans.
Consider attending more than one career fair as this is the best way to get in front of a recruiter and/or hiring manager.

Following is a list of some of the companies that organize veterans career fairs. Check their website for dates and locations of the fair.

Recruit Military https://events.recruitmilitary.com/
Corporate Gray https://www.corporategray.com/jobfairs
Military Officers http://www.moaa.org/
Tech Expo https://techexpousa.com/

Another source to find a listing of career fairs is checking the Military Times. http://www.militarytimes.com/

If you have a clearance, check out the jobs and career events at Clearance Jobs. https://www.clearancejobs.com/

Job Sites

TAOnline: https://www.taonline.com/

TAOnline has been helping veterans transition to civilian jobs since 1996. This site provides a job board, career resources, a listing of scheduled veterans hiring functions around the country, and a military skills translator tool.

US.jobs:http://us.jobs/

The majority of companies doing business with the government use this site to post their jobs. This is one of the only sites that allow these companies to comply with affirmative action labor laws. In addition, there are job search services provided for Veterans as well.

Veterans.jobs: http://veterans.jobs/

The jobs listed here are from companies that focus on hiring veterans.

VA Centers

Vets.gov: https://www.vets.gov/

This site provides assistance with finding jobs as well as other career resources. In addition, you can locate a VA office in your area to assist you in your search for employment. Many companies network with local VA offices as a way to connect with veterans.

State Workforce Agencies

US.jobs: http://us.jobs/state-workforce-agencies.asp

Veterans can find assistance finding jobs at one of the nearly 2,500 state workforce centers. Partnering with the Department of Labor, workforce centers offer services at no charge. In addition, workforce centers administer the Priority of Service program for veterans. This program requires the state agencies to offer job opportunities to veterans first.

Career Advice/Job Listings

CareerOneStop: https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/service-locator.aspx

This site offers a lot of resources related to finding the job that works for you.

Job Boards

Airs: http://www.airsdirectory.com/mc/forms_jobboard.guid

There are hundreds of jobs boards to search when looking for a job. Airs provides the only comprehensive listing of the majority of job boards.

Networking

Don’t forget to use one of the BEST tools in finding a job: networking. It’s easy to get caught up searching the internet daily for your next job; however, it’s estimated that at least 85% of jobs are found by networking. Following is a list of individuals you’ll want to make sure to let know that you’re getting ready to transition to civilian life and what type of job you hope to find.

Fellow military personnel already working in civilian life
Relatives
Parents of your children’s friends
Close friends
Teachers
Church members
Acquaintances at neighborhood meetings
Neighbors

Working in recruiting over the past 20 years, I’ve seen a remarkable and welcomed increase in the interest from companies to hire veterans. Don’t feel that because you’re ex-military that you have a mark against you when applying to jobs. Instead, realize that your military service is actually going to give you an edge over non-military resumes in most cases.

In closing, before submitting your resume make sure that you’ve taken the time to match your military experience to the requirements of the job. By doing so you’re aiding the recruiter and in some cases even the hiring manager in understanding that you’re the best qualified for the job.

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #11 Target a Company

#11 Targeting a Company

Do you have your heart set on working for a particular company but don’t know how to get your foot in the door? You’ve tried sending in your resume but no one’s calling. Now what?

There are actually numerous ways to target a company outside of just sending in your resume. Following are just some of the other options you can try that either I’ve had success with or have seen the tactic work for someone else. But there’s one thing you need to be sure of before you start your plan of attack and that is…

Does the company employ someone with your background?

Throughout my recruiting career I’ve been amazed at the number of resumes I would receive from individuals who applied to jobs but totally had the wrong industry experience. I hate to be the one to break the news to you but if you’ve spent your career in food service you have a slim chance of getting into the latest technology company.

So do yourself a favor and conduct a little research ahead of time to see if the company would hire someone with your background. You might save yourself a whole lot of time going down a rabbit hole trying to get the job only to be disappointed later when you’ve tried many of the suggestions below and you’re still getting the cold shoulder.

Once you’re sure that the company would LOVE someone like you, here are some suggestions of how to get your foot in the door:

Who’s in Your Network?

You may not have any connections inside the company but remember the idea of six degrees of separation? Meaning everyone is connected somehow by a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend. Social media has expanded your network exponentially. Start asking friends, co-workers, teachers, and others in your network if they know of someone working at the company that can make an introduction for you. Put it on your Facebook page and LinkedIn to see if anyone as any contacts inside the company. Guaranteed someone knows somebody who can hand deliver your resume inside the company. If you’re shy about asking someone to get your resume in the door, don’t be. Here’s a little known secret. People love to help others and they love to be able to say that I know of someone who could fill that job. The feeling of helping someone get a job is one of the reasons I’ve stayed in recruiting for so long.

Search People in LinkedIn

LinkedIn has made it so much easier to connect to people inside a company. Conduct a company search and start looking through the managers in the area you’re interested in working. You can also do a position title search. Let’s say you want to work in IT. You can search on ‘information technology manager’, ‘systems admin manager’, ‘software applications manager’, etc. You can also conduct an advanced search in LinkedIn and bring up a specific position at a specific company. Once you’ve identified the person there are three ways you can approach them.

Phone – Pick up the phone and call the main number at the company and ask to speak to the person. If you get the hiring manager, or their voicemail, be ready with a 60 second elevator pitch why you are the best qualified to join the company. You’ll want to practice your pitch ahead of time and have it written down. If there’s a job posted and you have the exact sills listed, be sure to let the hiring manager know.

Sometimes though you might get the person’s assistant instead. If you do, ask them if the person you want to speak with conducts informational interviews. Let them know that you are extremely interested in working for the company and would like to talk to the manager for about fifteen minutes regarding the company and how he/she might recommend the best way to get your foot in the door.

LinkedIn – There are a couple of ways you can connect with the person on LinkedIn.
First you can send them an ‘inmail’. You’ll need to upgrade your account to the ‘premium’ package to do this but really if you get the job, it’s worth it. You can always cancel the upgrade next month. An ‘inmail’ will allow you to write more text. If you don’t want to pay for the upgrade you can ‘connect’ with them. You can still include a note with this feature but you are significantly limited to the number of characters. Really the ‘inmail’ is the route to go.

Send an Email – Once you find a person’s name, how do you find their email address? With the power of search features these days you can find most anyone’s email. Here’s how you do it:

Step 1 – Using your favorite search engine, type in the name of the company to get their website address:

Ex. Using the Google search engine type in RF Technologies. You’ll see that the website address is: rft.com.

Step 2 – Type the following in the search box:

“@rft.com” (email OR e-mail OR e_mail OR “e mail”)

Step 3 – Use the Control F command, type in @rft in order to highlight email addresses in your search results. Be sure to scroll through pages of the search results. In this case one of the search results came back as: firstinitallast@rft.com ex. jdoe@rft.com

Step 4 – Once you have an idea of what the format is, using a service like Verifyemailaddress.org you can verify the % probability that the email will get through.

Once you know you have the correct format, send that person an email introducing yourself and why they should hire you. Remember to keep the email brief and to the point.

(Note: Some companies list email addresses on their website. Be sure to check there as well for the email format.)

Internship

If you’re still in school one of THE BEST ways of getting your foot in the door is through an internship. Companies normally make hires from their pool of interns each year. Be sure to work with your career center at your school to get an understanding of companies that are reaching out for interns. In addition, many companies attend university campus career fairs early in the fall to hire their interns for the next summer.

Professional Associations

Find a professional association for your skills and attend a local chapter meeting. The odds are there’s someone from the company you’re targeting at the meeting as well. Introduce yourself and see if the person is willing to get your resume to a hiring manager. Companies send representatives all the time to these meetings to recruit.

In addition, if the association has an annual conference, check to see if there is a career fair being held in conjunction with the conference. Many of the larger professional associations hold career fairs with their annual conference. Check to see the list of companies who will be attending the career fair and if you see the company you’re trying to target on the list, BINGO. This is a great opportunity to get in front of someone. Again, remember to practice your 60 second elevator pitch ahead of time. Recruiters are busy at these conferences and don’t have a lot of time to spend talking with each person.

Following are some things not to do when you’re targeting a company:

Don’t show up at the front door

A long time ago this method was one of the ways to get a job at a particular company. I used it myself with success. But this method doesn’t work any longer. Companies are bound by laws that govern non-discriminatory practices in recruiting. The idea is that everyone has an equal opportunity to compete for a job. Because of this don’t be surprised when you show up at the company that you’re told your resume can’t be accepted, that no one is available to meet with you, and that to be considered you have to apply on-line.

Don’t mail in your resume

Companies use application tracking software to collect resumes and to search for resumes. If you send your resume in by mail there isn’t any way it’s going to get into the database and it’s going to get lost. Apply on-line. If there aren’t any jobs available at the time you’re searching, most companies will allow you to set up what’s called a ‘job search agent’ where you don’t have to apply to a specific job but your resume will get into their database to be available for future searches.

Don’t become a stalker

Do your best to make contact with someone inside the company and even if you succeed and end up talking to the hiring manager, don’t stalk them if they tell you they can’t help you. Stalking will end up hurting your chance of getting a job in the long run. Everyone remembers a stalker and will do what they can to prevent you from getting a job at the company. Be professional. Maybe today wasn’t the day you were supposed to get a job at that company. You have a name that can become part of your network going forward. Check in with them every now and then…no not every week. Touching base ever few months is more acceptable.

Here’s one last piece of advice. I’ve seen it happen many times where someone has to take a job with another company while they collect the experience needed before getting that perfect job with the company of their dreams. Be patient and professionally persistent and it will happen for you as well at the right time.

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #10 Inside Jobs

 

#10 Inside Jobs

 

Are you struggling with leaving your current company even though you like the company? It’s your job that’s the problem, not the company. Perhaps you’ve gone as far as you can go in your existing job.  Maybe you’re bored with what you’re doing or maybe you’ve figured out that you’re in the wrong career.

Before you leave, consider looking for other jobs inside the company.

Your company has invested a lot of time and money into training you not only to do your existing job but also to the policies and procedures that are a representation of that company’s culture.

Turnover hurts companies.

It’s expensive and time consuming starting over with a new employee. There’s varying statistics regarding the monetary cost of employee turnover.  Some reports estimate the cost at  40% of an employee’s annual salary and up to as high as 150%.

Companies are beginning to realize that it would be better to transfer good employees to other departments even if they may not have all the skills to do the job. They would rather spend more in training getting an existing employee up to speed because internal employees are already familiar with the company.

There are estimates that it can take new employees anywhere from 1 – 2 years to be productive at a new job.  But an internal employee may get up to speed faster.

So how do you go about finding another job inside your current company?

If you’ve been at the company or in your existing position for a while there’s a good chance that you already have an interest in another area. Arrange to meet with the manager or director over the group and talk to them about possible opportunities for someone with your skills.

If you aren’t familiar with the other departments in the company you can start researching on the company’s website.  Research the different business groups and then reach out to those groups that interest you.  It’s acceptable to ask managers for informational interviews in order to collect more information about what the group does.  In fact, many companies encourage their employees to do this regardless as part of their career development. When speaking with the manager find out what it would take for someone with your skills to be able to transfer into the group.

Keep in mind that if you do decide to leave it could take anywhere from six months to a year before you find another job. But if you look for a job inside your company, you might be able to train for a new job while you still have a job. Your company might even pay the cost of the training. Or you might find that another group would be happy to have you right away.

So the next time you decide to make a job change, don’t forget there might be a great opportunity waiting for you right in your own back yard.

 

 

 

 

 

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #9 Continued Learning

#9 Learning

Don’t be surprised when interviewing if the hiring manager asks about the last class that you took, or how you go about learning new skills. Continued learning is important to hiring managers because they want to know that you’re willing to keep up as technology changes or new laws are passed.

Following are some examples of how you can continue learning:

 

Take a Class

There are plenty of individual classes available to help you pick up the latest technology or programming skills. Many colleges and universities provide continued education classes that give you the option of either going to campus or taking the class via the internet at home. Recently there has been a significant increase in on-line educational sites such as   Lynda.com and  Udemy.com that allows professionals to share their knowledge by providing a venue for them to teach. These sites are very cost effective and provide you the opportunity to sharpen your current skills or learn something completely new.

Complete a Degree

If you don’t have a degree you might find it more difficult to find a job. The majority of companies still require degrees. If you’re only missing a couple of classes consider finishing them. Haven’t started a degree? There are a lot of online universities now that make it more convenient for working professionals to get a degree. Even if it takes you seven years to complete your degree that time is going to pass whether you’re in school or not. So you might as well be in school.

(Note: Read the job description carefully. Some companies might have a statement on the job description that states something like “equivalent experience will be considered.” Normally what this means is that if you have at least four years of directly related experience companies will consider you for the job even if you don’t have the degree.)

Self-help Tools

There are hundreds of self-help books, classes, videos, CDs and other tools to help you improve on things like your communication skills, or teach you how to negotiate like the pros, or even figure out how to deal with difficult people. Everyone can improve on something. NightingaleConant is just one site that provides plenty of personal development resources. Check out the self-help section at your local bookstore for great reads as well.

Library

Don’t forget that your local library has plenty of resources available to help you continue your learning. In addition to books, many libraries provide seminars from local professionals.

Professional Associations

If you’re a member of a professional association, check out the resources available through the association. Many offer great deals on books and seminars. If you’re not in a professional association, find one that fits your area of expertise and join.

 

Be sure to update your resume with any classes/seminars you’ve attended or the fact that you’re working on your degree. Consider dropping the name of a book you recently completed during the interview. If you can show the hiring manager that continued learning is important to you as well, you might land that next job.

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #8 Certifications

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Many professions have certifications associated with them. Getting certified means that you have gained a certain level of achievement within a profession. When you look at job descriptions you’ll notice that certifications are listed under required or preferred skills for the job. If you’re in the process of looking for a job, it might be time to get that certification.

Here’s why…

While you’re getting certified you’ll be taking classes with other individuals who are working in your profession. What better place to network to find out about possible job openings at their companies. Not only that but getting certified will give you a leg up over other individuals looking for the same job who aren’t certified.

Below I’ve listed some of the more common certifications.

Information Technology certifications:

ISACA – used to stand for the Information Systems Audit and Control Association but now only goes by its acronym to reflect the broader range of IT services. The ISACA offers the following certifications:

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
Cyber Security Nexus – CXS Certificate and CX-P Certification

http://www.isaca.org

(ISC)2 – is an international association focused on a safe and secure cyber world. The association offers the following certification:

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
System Security Certified Practioner (SSCP)
Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)
Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)
Health Care Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP)

https://www.isc2.org

Citrix Certifications include associate, professional, or expert classifications.

VMWare Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert(MCSE)

Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) Routing & Switching

Cyber Security certifications:

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) manages the following certifications:

Certified Network Defender (CND)
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU)
Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO)

https://www.eccouncil.org/

Business certifications:

PMI – Project Management Institute provides the most recognized project management certification.

Project Management Professional (PMP)

https://www.pmi.org

Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt and Master Black Belt

Six Sigma is a process of analyzing defects in a production/manufacturing process. There is also a Six Sigma process for improving existing processes and a slightly modified version for new processes.

No standards organization owns it and there is no standard certification exam. Organizations can certify an individual for simply taking a course or participating in a project. In addition, universities and for-profit groups offer training.

Accounting certifications:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants owns the Certified Public Accountant certification.

http://www.aicpa.org

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

The Certified Financial Analyst Institute owns the Charted Financial Analyst certification.

https://www.cfainstitute.org

Human Resources certifications:

The Society for Human Resource Management owns the following certifications:

Certified Professional (CP)
Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
Senior Certified Professional (SCP)

https://www.shrm.org/

Not only will getting certified give you a leg up when looking for a job but many certifications will require that you take a certain number of hours of continued education each year in order to retain your certification. Attending the education classes will give you the opportunity to network with people who are working in your profession so that you can continue to keep on top of job opportunities.

There are a few ways to find a certification that might be right for you.

1. Google “certification” and your profession.
2. Check into a professional association and see if they provide a certification.
3. Review job descriptions to see what certifications might work for the types of jobs you’re interested in.

One other way to research certifications is to contact managers and request an informational interview to discuss what certifications they might recommend. You might even end up finding a job while you’re at it.

In summary, getting certified might be the fastest way to getting your next job.

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #7 Professional Associations

 

The7-professional-associationre is a professional association for just about any profession. Professional associations are one of the best ways to find a job.  That’s because recruiters target these associations to find qualified applicants.  Associations provide recruiters with a great resource to network with a lot of like-kind professionals who have the skills needed to fill their jobs.  You’ll often find many recruiters will attend local chapter meetings.  In addition, many companies will post their jobs on association job boards.

Following are some ways you can go about finding an association to join:

  1. Ask other professionals in your profession.
  2. Conduct a google search for an association for your profession.
  3. Go to the library and search in the Encyclopedia of Associations. This is an on-line directory that you can get free access to through the library.  The directory lists over 20,000 professional associations.
  4. Conduct a search on LinkedIn for other professionals with your same job title and see what professional groups they belong to.

Here’s a list of ideas how to best use an association to find a job:

  1. Find out if there is a local chapter in your area and attend a meeting.  At the meeting be sure to announce that you’re looking for a job.  Be sure to take resumes with you.  Companies will often send their employees to these meetings for the specific purpose of recruiting.  Now is not the time to be shy.
  2. If the association has a job board on their local chapter site, be sure to check for jobs that might be posted.  If the national chapter has a job board and a resume database, be sure to get your resume in the database.  Click here for a list of some of the Professional Associations that have job boards.
  3. If the association has an annual meeting check to see if the conference will have a vendor section.  Many of the larger professional organizations even sponsor a career fair along with their conference. Many companies sign up to attend these career fairs.  Even if there isn’t a career fair, still attend.  This is a great place to network to find out what companies are hiring.
  4. Connect with recruiters from staffing agencies and request that the agency represent you.  Staffing agencies have a good pulse on what’s happening in your field and they have an ‘in’ at many companies.  If you have great skills some of the agencies will be able to get your resume directly in front of the hiring manager.

Sometimes there might be multiple associations that could work for you.  Attend local chapter meetings to see which one would be the most beneficial to join.  Don’t hesitate to join more than one.  The more you join, the more you increase your chance of becoming employed.

Keep in mind, the more people you network with the bigger your network becomes.  I’ve found over the years that professionals really like helping one another find a job.  And don’t forget, once you land that next job be sure to help someone else on their journey to employment.

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #6 Talking

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I entitled this article talking instead of networking because as soon as you say the ‘n’ word, people freeze. To some, it’s the same feeling as being in school and the teacher announcing a pop quiz. Dread, nerves, and anxiety take over.

So don’t think of it as networking. Think of it as talking to one another.  We all do that, right? How’s the weather? What do you do for a living? How about that game last night? Do you know of any jobs? Simple and easy questions that get you talking and can quite possibly land you a job.

Where do you start?

Anywhere and with everyone!

When you’re unemployed you need to be talking to anyone and everyone.  Remember, you’re not just talking to one person.  You’re talking to that person’s network as well. It’s perfectly acceptable to tell people you’re looking for a job.  There’s nothing wrong with being unemployed.

Recently there has been a lot of chatter among recruiters how hiring managers don’t want to consider the unemployed worker thinking that if a person is unemployed they aren’t worthy of a job.  All I can say is that karma is real.  At some point even hiring managers are going to be on the street looking.  I’m guessing they’ll change their tune at that point in time.  EVERYONE, will be looking for a job multiple times during their working career. In fact, some surveys report workers will change jobs as many as 11 times during their working lifetime.

Following are some other ideas how to go about networking and talking to other professionals who can help you land your next job.

Groups that are focused on job networking – there are numerous groups in any community that exist for the primary purpose of networking and support while you look for your next job.The main thing you want to make sure of is that the group is being supportive of your situation.  Some groups might have a lot of negative energy regarding unemployment.  That’s the last place you need to be.  You want to be with others who exude a positive energy regarding being unemployed and finding new employment. The other thing you want to make sure of is that the group is actively involved with job hunting.  You don’t want to spend a couple of hours getting together with nothing to show for it. When you’re looking for a job, you want to spend your time wisely and focused on the end results of becoming employed.

I typed in the following search strings into google and came up with a number of groups in my area to join.

Networking Groups Denver
Jobs Networking Groups Denver
Denver Business Networking Events
Professional Networking Events Denver
Job Search Networking Groups

Meet-up Groups – Basically meet-ups are groups of individuals who share the same interest, in technology, programming languages, extra-curricular activities, etc.  These groups are especially good to network with because these are individuals in your specific space.  To locate groups, you can either google meet-up groups and then your location, or go to Meetup.com.  This is a company that does a great job consolidating meet-up calendars and groups and there’s no fee to join.

Professional Associations – There is an association for almost every profession. Professional associations are groups of individuals who are doing the job you want.  What better way to find your next job.  To find an association or society for your profession you can either conduct a google search, or you can go to the library and look in the Encyclopedia of Associations.  Find a local chapter and attend a meeting and talk, talk, talk.  Let members know that you’re looking for a job.  Often you’ll find recruiters attending the meeting as well.

There are plenty of surveys that report talking with people will land you a job more quickly than any other method use to search for a job and I believe it.  It’s how I’ve landed most of my jobs.

So get out there and talk, talk, talk!