Are you transitioning from the military?
Here are three job seeking tips to live by!
- Do not put ‘retired,’ ‘transitioning,’ or ‘looking for’ in your LinkedIn headline. LinkedIn, like Google, operates on an algorithm and your headline is weighted heavily in that equation. It is prime real estate. Do not use words recruiters and other business professionals are most likely not searching for when looking for someone with your skill set. Instead, consider sharing that part of your story in your summary (if, and only if, it is relevant to the connections you are looking to make next, or the jobs you are applying to).
- Read job descriptions closely. When applying, you should meet all of the ‘must haves’ of the description. Now take a look at the ‘nice to haves.’ If you are not getting the jobs you are applying for – or if you are looking for additional skills, degrees or certifications to go after – start tackling that list.
- What previously was done for you by your uniform and the pins and patches on it is now your resume. Start by translating your skills into civilian terms and identify relevant careers. For help, try these two websites: Military Skills Translator and Military.com. Once you have the first draft of your civilian resume drafted, get it in front of non-military mentors to review it – a staffing partner is a great first stop!
Job Seeker Tip for Everyone
Your resume is a living, breathing document and it should be added to over time – that way you do not have to do an exhausting overhaul every time you want to apply to a new position. Add to it as you obtain new skills and complete new projects. Everything will be fresh on your mind and easier to remember and write out.