Welcome to the 2nd annual Veteran’s Day edition. This episode is dedicated to veterans everywhere who are transitioning back to the civilian sector. We wish you (veterans) much success during your transition, and hopefully, this show will contribute to your needs in finding the right job for you.
I would love your feedback, especially if there are tools you need for your job search. Perhaps we can cover them in future episodes. Here’s how you can let me know:
- Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822
- Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
- Send email feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sultan Camp (@careersultan) is a military recruiter and headhunter who works for Orion International, a company that finds civilian careers for Military Officers, Enlisted Technicians, and strong NCO leaders, as well as Veterans who have already transitioned but are seeking a career change. His contributions have included in media outlets such as Career Builder, Monster, Career Attraction, and Military Times. Sultan’s company sources, screens, and guides veterans to civilian jobs (think eHarmony).
- His focus is on veterans technical or mechanical skill set. He puts them directly with a hiring manager
- Hardest positions for veterans to fill: High-voltage technicians
- Challenges remain to interpret military duties to civilian unless the company has a lot of experience, especially in interviews
- Most veterans talk about what the team did before what “I did”
- Veterans should try more conversations in interviews than monopolize it (less is more)
- The mental pivot from wearing the uniform to civilian is a challenge. The word “fired’ and “quit” are never used in the military. It’s either the “end of contract” or “end of term”
- Many who transition are given some time to start finding opportunities wait too long to find other opportunities. If you have a year, you should immediate start looking
- “What are your preferences?” What are the priorities?” Those are the first two question is preparing transitioners
- 90-120 day mark before leaving is when he or she should be interview ready; not much time is spent on the resume, jobs again are technical
- For those who don’t interview well, the companies Sultan works with giving feedback for remedial training. They use their local branch transition office
Karin Durkee (@karindurk) is the Director of Social Media for Corporate Gray. She is a military spouse, educator, technology consultant, and author of Social Media and Your Job Search: Maximizing Your Network for a Successful Transition, an ebook for members of Corporate Gray. Karin presents social media workshops to transitioning military members on installations in the Washington, D.C. area. She is a frequent participant in The Voice of Job Seekers Linkedin group.
- One of the myths of military is that they should avoid using social media if he or she has security clearance
- Recruiters often look for security clearance, and it should be in a LinkedIn profile (although company rules and approval may determine how much info can be published)
- Comfort level is also a consideration when determining if and how you want to be found online
- High ranking officers use social media but care about not communicating clearance information
- Social media is great place for research in a military transition
- Find out how your expertise meets an employer’s needs
- A professional photo is critical on LinkedIn, personalizes your presence, and get noticed
- It is highly recommended to use a professional civilian photo than your military photo
- Joining LinkedIn groups keeps you apprised of your field and military groups
- Twitter is great for military spouses, easy to set up profiles, follow companies and industry experts
- Twitter hashtags are great for research and trends. HootSuite, a Twitter client, allows to follow conversations, trends, information
- Don’t: Don’t use military jargon to describe your experience, recruiters must understand what your experience means to their civilian clients
- Do: Define your accomplishments that is understood by civilians
- Don’t: When you say “retire” means you’re done
- Do: “Transitioning,” says you are actively looking
- You can Google “military terms translator” to help with military terms and acronyms
As a additional resource, go to www.everyveteranhired.com for the 100% complimentary tool for veterans called “The Job Ruck.” The tool is useful to help high performers find their purpose after service. It’s all about identifying purpose.
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