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Transitioning A to Z: "S" and "T"

by Military Transition News Staff

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In upcoming issues of Military Transition News, we will be listing everything a service member needs to know about transitioning, from A to Z.

This month, we tackle “S” and "T”

Transitioning A-Z

“S”: Summarize, Speak, Sell

There may be nothing you face as a military veteran in the civilian world that is more unnerving than a job interview. This is where you have to “speed sell” your skills and accomplishments in just minutes. Those of us who have interviewed for a job before know that feeling when you want to tell a hiring manager everything you have to offer even if the time that is allotted for the interview may not permit it.

Take stock of the situation and understand that the interviewer/hiring manager/potential boss really wants to find someone great to hire. Recruiters are all looking for that person who is going to fit into their job requisition. After all the time and effort it takes to find potential matches, few interviewers pummel qualified candidates with questions just to stump them. He or she is working hard to try to figure out if you are the candidate that’s a fit. So relax and attentively consider their specific question. Then, summarize your thoughts, speak clearly and sell yourself.

“T”: Typos

Argh! There is nothing more frustrating during the job search process than printing out copies of your resume or even sending it out to recruiters, only to find a Typo that becomes so glaring, you wonder how you missed it!

Part of our penchant for typos could lie in the overly-casual everyday emailing and texting styles (with heaps of auto-correct lumped in) to which we’ve become accustomed.

So it’s important to realize that every form of communication is important when looking for a job. Hiring managers want to know what kind of importance you place on your work and how that would translate as a member of their team. Because your first impression will most likely be through something you’ve typed – a resume, an email, a cover letter, your LinkedIn profile, an online application, etc. – spend extra time polishing and editing. Consider if it meets the standards of the position that you’re applying for, then ask for constructive criticism from a co-worker or family member. No hiring manager wants to bring in a bad speller with poor English skills and sloppy work. Show that you take pride in how you present yourself when job hunting and your credentials will be more likely to make it to the next phase of the job search.

Here are a few proofreading tips:

1. Read the content backwards from the last sentence to the first

2. Read it out loud

3. Cut and paste any text into a spell checker program before sending/saving


See the complete A to Z list.

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