Organizing Your Military to Civilian Job Search: Seven Steps

Organize your job search

Organize your job search

You are one in a million. Actually, you are closer to one in 20 million. That is how many people who find themselves unemployed. Each year. Not to mention the millions of others who attempt to advance their careers by looking for alternative jobs and careers. How are you going to compete with this? You were in the military, strategy of course is what gives you the inherent advantage. Finding a job in a systematic and well-planned manner will be hard, but it will also be rewarding. The current job market is not making anything easier for you right now. It may seem put-together but it is in fact relatively disorganized. If you are looking for consolidated, thorough and timely job information in one place, the job market will frustrate you. You may find many services ready to help you, but even these services produce fragmented and disappointing overall results. Why do many unemployed stay unemployed? Their job search methods are ineffective.

There is no system organized to give you a job. At best is a culmination of newspaper listings, trade publications, employment offices, temp agencies, and computerized job databases. These are solely designed to link potential candidates with available positions. This is why many people try to sell you job information, and job search services. They create the apparent notion of a “competitive advantage.” Ultimately, there are few systems that help you land a job closely related to your skills and interests.

Understand. Organize. Strategize.

Finding a job is more than just a task; it encompasses facts, skills and principles which can be learned, but must be adapted to suit individual situations. Learning how to find a job is as important to your career as knowing how to perform a job. Actually, the skills associated with job-finding are often more important to your success than job performance. The key elements of a successful job search relate your past, present and future.

Research Stages:

Step 1: Identify your motivation, skills and abilities.

Step 2: Specify a career objective.

Step 3: Research jobs, communities and individuals.

Writing Stage:

Step 4: Produce resumes and cover letters.

Contact Stages:

Step 5: Conduct informational interviews.

Step 6: Manage job interviews.

Step 7: Negotiate salaries and benefits.

You should be comfortable conducting your job search. This is why we integrate your past into the process, it should allow you to represent the best of what you are in terms of how your past and present accomplishments relate to your future goals. The idea here is to communicate your best self to employers while focusing on strengths as they are portrayed during your job search, and how this translates to success on the job. To learn more about your strengths and motivations toward work, take the FREE MAPP Assessment.

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Former Combat Infantryman (OEF, OIF2) turned business and finance professional. Advocate for fellow veterans in the struggle to find careers when they leave the service. Someone once asked me how I did it so easily. "Easily?" Going from gunshots and explosions to school and business was most certainly not "easy." That was when I was encouraged to tell my story and why, since then, I have made my mission to not only help those in the same struggle succeed, but raise awareness and gather support.

6 Comments on "Organizing Your Military to Civilian Job Search: Seven Steps"

  • Love the blog! Found it on Ask I have bookmarked it thank you for the tips. It been a tough year and lots of us are looking for Job

  • Great article, thanks for sharing. I’ve also started a blog for people searching for jobs.

  • Great tips for job seekers so they could control their job search process. Though they would need much more to get a good job and understand that it’s what they really need.

  • Great tips. Thanks.

  • Drew, well written article. Nice tips for military guys entering the civilian workforce and in this economy, every little advantage you can take really helps.

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