Four Job Hunting Lessons You Might Not Learn at TAP
Career transition, job hunting and interviewing is hard work, but do not make it harder than it already is. Consider the adages don’t reinvent the wheel and chase someone who wants to be caught. You would be wise to apply that wisdom to your job search. First, understand that interviewing for a job is a form of sales - you are selling a product called YOU to a company called YOUR NEXT EMPLOYER. As any successful salesperson will tell you, it is easier to fill a customer’s existing and acknowledged need with your product than it is to convince a prospective client that the need even exists.
How does that relate to finding a job? As hard as it may be to convince an employer to hire you, what if you had to first convince that same employer to hire a veteran for the first time? Even if you are successful in educating that employer about veterans and convincing that hiring manager of the potential value added by a veteran, you have yet to convince him or her to hire you. This is where selectivity comes into play: You would be much better served to target employers that already value veterans and military leaders as employees. How do you find these predisposed, military-friendly employers? Here are four ways.
Thank you for your service, and good hunting!
Tom Wolfe is a Career Coach, Columnist, Author and Veteran and can be found at www.out-of-uniform.com.
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