Are You Job Wishing or Job Hunting?

Are You Job Wishing or Job Hunting?

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by Ron Kness on January 3, 2012

 

If you are a veteran just sending out resumes (and wondering why you are not getting any responses), then you are job wishing, not job searching.  In today’s job market, sending out a resume and waiting for the phone to ring is not enough. With upwards of a hundred applicants applying for the same job, you have to kick your job search into high gear by implementing these four game changers.

Learn how to play the game

Networking and social media are the winning strategies in this game.  Getting a job is as much as about who you know as it is what you know (or have done). If you are unemployed, call in some favors by letting your personal and professional connections know you are job hunting. People that know you and your work ethic can go to bat for you by looking at jobs open in their company.

Social media outlets like LinkedIn and Facebook can work for you or against you, depending on how you have used it. Hiring managers frequently visit social media sites to see what they can find out about you, so make sure everything is positive.

Rise above your competition

In this job market what you have done is not enough – you have to show how well you did those things. Qualify your accomplishments on your resume with measurable data such as percent values (increased sales by 25% in the first year) or dollar amounts (developed a streamlined process saving the company $250,000 the first year).

Interviewing

When answering questions, take your time and produce intelligent responses. Of course, practice answering the commonly asked interview questions so you have canned answers ready, but for questions not asked of you before, think first and then answer.

Have a game plan

Job searching is a job in itself, so organize your time. Know what you are going to do the next day regarding how many resumes you will send out and which contacts you will talk to. Above all, remain positive.  Your passion will shine through in your job search and people will take notice. This can only help your chances of landing the job.

 

Photo thanks to Calliope1 under creative commons license on Flickr.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason Brady January 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Hello I am going through recovery from a major accident this summer witch put me in a coma for three weeks as well as in the hospital for two months. I am asking for anyone to help me with the work situation so I can get back on my feet and be a better parent for my two little kids. Please email me at bradybuilding@gmail.com and help any way possible, thank you.

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a.jones January 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I want a Job,just work,30-100 hrs a week,Please!

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Alyn January 13, 2012 at 4:05 am

Intelligence and similpicty – easy to understand how you think.

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Elizabeth Murray January 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

For any veterans in PA/NY who want to be teachers, Troops to Teachers can help! Eligible registrants can receive great benefits such as employment counseling, financial assistance, mentoring and more! Give us a call at 1-855-241-2173 or e-mail emurray@wcufoundation.org for more information today!

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SharonP January 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Yes have a game plan. And do remain positive. A positive attitude rubs off on others. If people you know know that you’re looking for employment, they will be more likely to pass on opportunities if you are positive and they feel like you would be an asset. No one wants to suggest a downer for a job, or event pass on information you could use to explore it further if you aren’t someone they’d like to work with.

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SharonP January 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

No one wants to recommend someone for a job, or event pass on information you could use to pursue it on your own if you’re not a positive person – someone they would like to work with. It pays to keep you head up even when things are tough.

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ShaMonique Adams January 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

I need to know everything there is to know about what I quailify for as a 7 year veteran of the United States Navy.

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DonnieH January 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm

It does not do any good for a civilian company to hire veterans if a company ignores veterans when promotions come around.

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