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by Mike Arsenault - Director of Candidate Services

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Bradley-Morris answers questions from transitioning military job seekers.

Q: There’s a company that I’m interested in working for with several positions posted on their website. Can I apply for all the positions that interest me? Will it work against military job seekers?

A: Good question and this should not work against you as long as the positions are similar. For instance, you wouldn’t want to apply for a position as a mechanic and for another position as a sales manager in the same company. There are several reasons for this, but the most obvious is that it will make you appear unfocused. Remember that you are competing with others, some of whom will insist that they are perfect for the job. If you do choose to apply for multiple positions within a single company, remember to outline in each cover letter the reasons as to why you feel the specific position is a match for your skills.

Q: I am going to a job fair near the base, but I won’t have time to change into a suit before I go. Is that a problem?

A: Usually job fairs near military bases make accommodations for military job seekers to wear the uniform of the day. You can reach out to the designated contact for the job fair by phone or email so you can verify with them to be sure. If you are going to a civilian interview rather than a job fair, you definitely want to wear a conservative dark suit with a dark red or maroon tie (for men) and a white shirt or blouse. This is important because it shows that you are ready to wear the “uniform” of the civilian workplace and assimilate into the civilian work culture.

Mike Arsenault is Director of Candidate Services at Military Recruiter Bradley-Morris, Inc. He can be reached at (800) 330-4950 ext. 2105 or by email at marsenault (at) bradley-morris.com.

 

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