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Transitioning Out of The Military? Six Steps For A Successful Job Search

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According to Hire Our Heroes, a non profit dedicated to helping veterans, over one million veterans are unemployed and another one million will be leaving the armed forces over the next five years and looking for work. If you’re among this group, there are things you can do to increase your odds of landing a job in the civilian sector.

  • Start with a resume re-do  
    You want your resume to reflect your accomplishments in a way that is understood by those who don’t have a military background. You can’t assume that recruiters or hiring managers will know what your specific role involved.

    Think of actions you took that provided value. When you are describing yourself and what you have to offer, be sure to mention skills to back it up. A list of descriptive adjectives means nothing without those actions and experiences. Be numbers oriented. For example, instead of “Managed team” say “Directed and trained a team of 40, successfully coordinating timely execution of intelligence tasks.” Employers want to see how you succeeded in your role.Steve Davison, Operations Recruiter, OBE

  • Look for Military-Friendly Companies
    There are organizations that actively promote opportunities for veterans. They may advertise or, at the very least, post on their web page or social media channels their veteran friendly status. Bonus points if you actually see success stories or testimonials from veterans currently employed at the organization.
  • Find jobs that match your skills using a Military Skills Translator (MST)
    This will translate your skills and match you to suggested jobs that make the most of your qualifications. See an example of one HERE.
  • Start your search early
    An average job search can take months up to a year. Get your plan in place and head in the game as soon as you can. Even small steps now, while still actively deployed, can make a difference.
  • Get on Google
    Google recently introduced a feature where you can search for jobs using your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) code.
  • Leverage your LinkedIn Page
    Not on LinkedIn? You need to be!  The key is to maximize and list your experiences in layman’s terms, without the military jargon. In addition, check the LinkedIn For Good Veterans  page to see what services they offer to help vets, which currently includes a free year of LinkedIn Premium.

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Don’t underestimate phone screen and interview prep!

Practice explaining what it is that you did in the military to non-military folks, so you are ready for a screening call from a recruiter or an interview with the manager. Learn how to simply explain what you did for work, what you were responsible for, who you worked with and the training that you received.  If your interviewer doesn’t understand what you did, they won’t know if you are qualified for the position!
Lilian deLascurain, Operations Recruiter, Oldcastle APG

Recruiters and hiring managers are constantly searching for candidates who have your discipline, leadership qualities, motivation and perseverance. Follow these tips to set you up for job search success!

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8 Tips For Your Job Search

dream-job-2904780_640.jpgAccording to the August 2018 LinkedIn Workforce Report, “hiring in the U.S. was 4.6% higher than in July 2017.” It’s never been a better time to look for a job. Here are some hints to get you started.

  1. Reach out to connections when they’re active on LinkedIn
    Timing is everything! If you go to your message box and see a green dot by a connection, that means they are online. Click here to see a short video example of this ‘Active Status’ feature in action.
  2. Make more of an effort to get in the feed on LinkedIn
    Besides liking and commenting on posts, make sure to share links about your industry or profession.
  3. Keep up-to-date on career news
    Go here for the latest career advice from experts.
  4. Carve out time for a resume re-do
    When was the last time you really looked at your resume? Do you just list job duties? Change those into accomplishment oriented, quantitative bullet points.
    For example:
    Before
    – Managed accounting team
    After
    – Managed accounting team of ten, including training new associates, resulting in a group audit time efficiency increase of 15%
  5. Showcase promotions and mobility with the new LinkedIn Experience Design
    Previously, you weren’t able to differentiate between different titles at the same company on your LinkedIn profile. “By grouping this information, you can spotlight multiple roles at a specific organization, while not risking the rest of your past experience getting pushed too far down on your profile.”
  6. Aim to get one new reference or testimonial this month
    Give some thought to who you could tap to represent your professional accomplishments in the best light. At the same time, is there anyone you could endorse? Pay it forward by offering to be a reference or give a testimonial or endorsement to someone else.
  7. Attend a seminar, conference or networking event this fall
    When it comes to your career, who you know makes a huge difference. The more connections you have, the better. You should always be cultivating new contacts. The easiest and most natural way to do this is to put yourself out there. Learning a new skill or attending an event in your industry is a low key, non-intimidating way to force yourself to get out there and mingle (even if you’re an introvert).
  8. Send a contact a helpful article once a week
    Pick just one person in your network to reach out to. Don’t ask for a favor.
    Hi Nate,
    Hope you are doing well! I saw this article and thought of you: https://www.tvtechnology.com/news/artificial-intelligence-makes-inroads-in-broadcasting. I didn’t realize that they were even using AI as a tool now to create content like highlight clips. Things have certainly come a long way since our time back at the station! Would love to hear from you when you get a chance. Things are well on this end – busy as always. Have a great week- 

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Time For A New Job?

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The new season and school year is almost upon us. It’s that transitional time of the year when we start to adjust to a change in the weather, wardrobe and – for many families – their schedules. While it’s easy to get caught up with the kids’ sports schedules and after school activities, it doesn’t have to sidetrack your search.

  1. September is the new January
    Fall is a great time for job search resolutions. There is still enough time left in the year to make real progress in your quest for a new role. Mentally, it’s also easier to start a goal that coincides with the end of one season and the beginning of another.
  2. Act like a student
    Grab a notebook at one of the back-to-school sales and designate it as your job search organizing tool. You can start jotting down goals, action steps, deadlines and to-do’s. 
  3. Commit to your search before the holiday rush
    From Halloween on, life does get more hectic with food to cook, presents to buy and family gatherings on the calendar. Take advantage of the lull now, before your social calendar fills up.
  4. Up your LinkedIn game
    LinkedIn is now a must-have for your career. Have you completely filled out your profile? A robust presence on LinkedIn is key. In addition, start getting more active on the channel by scrolling through the feed, liking, commenting and posting your own helpful industry related links. Keep up-to-date on all the new LinkedIn features by visiting their blog.
  5. Attend one networking event before the end of the year 
    Search out and go to at least one meeting or conference in the new few months. There are associations in every industry – it’s easy enough to find one in your field.
  6. Keep learning – expand your skill set
    Education doesn’t end once you leave the classroom. It’s important to keep up-to-date on the skills in your industry. The younger generation is already training on the latest software, and you don’t want to get left behind. Find a webinar. LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) for example, offers one month free access to hundreds of courses – including business and professional development, web design, marketing, sales and much more.
  7. Go outside your comfort zone
    Remember back to school jitters? Walking into a new school, new teachers, new courses – it can be stressful. Researching new job opportunities, interviewing and starting a new job with a new boss, commute and coworkers can also seem daunting. It’s normal to be anxious. Change does involve stress and the loss of what we find familiar. The trick is to keep moving forward and thinking of the rewards that come from taking a chance. You can do this!

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Use Your Phone To Land Your Next Job

 

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Take advantage of your smart phone to move your job search into high gear!  Many features that can help with your career progression are only available on mobile. Let’s take a look at some of the newest options.

Add captions to video you post on LinkedIn
Videos are a great resource, but if you don’t have/use headphones and don’t want to distract others around you, it’s easy to miss out on. LinkedIn solves this dilemma by allowing you to add captions. Now, you can watch with the sound off and just read the closed captioning.  Click here for steps on how to add captions.

Share quotes on LinkedIn
This one is pretty cool! Simply grab a significant sentence from an article to share. This screenshot from the latest LinkedIn blog post shows how easy it is to do!

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¿Hablas inglés? Translate Text
Don’t miss out on the conversation, even if it’s in another language. Use the ‘See Translation‘ button! It’s available in more than 60 languages, including Spanish, French  and Italian. This feature will be available on both mobile and desktop (currently in roll out to both users).

Manage Messaging
Wow! Lots of recently announced changes here.
1) Stretch the compose box to write longer messages
2) Send attachments. This is a big one! You can now send a PDF, DOC, XLS or PPT file.
3) Send a GIF or Emoji. Proceed with caution here. This is a professional site after all. However, in certain instances, and depending on the relationship, it may be appropriate. You can search for emojis by keyword, category or perusing the list.
4) Group messages – Click the plus (+) button (as seen below) and up pops suggested places and people to start a conversation with. Often, this will include your current company, college, recent message contacts, etc. Don’t forget that you can also use the @ symbol to mention someone. This will automatically bring up their profile.

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One caveat – while we are big proponents of the mobile job search, there are some instances when it’s best to use a computer. One case in point – online applications. Often, it’s the easier and preferred method to apply. If you’re having trouble filling out an application, it’s best to use your computer. Don’t have one? Head on over to your local library where you can use one for free!

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Be a LinkedIn Rock Star!

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  1. Take advantage of the new LinkedIn profile.
    Your photo now appears on the left. If you used a cover photo, you may want to check if the new location for your profile picture covers anything. If so, it’s time to replace it. You’ll also see that your work history is to the right. Underneath that, you’ll see your Summary section. Pay attention to what appears ‘above the fold.” Make sure it cuts off at an appropriate point. Below that, there is space for photos and links.
  2. Watch for the ‘One-click’ apply feature
    See a job you like on LinkedIn? Now you can apply instantly. The latest official blog post from LinkedIn details how easy it is: “With 1-Click Apply, you now have the option to save your basic information and resume so you can apply for a job with a single click or tap.” This feature works on both mobile and desktop.
  3. Vow to actively engage at least twice a week
    You don’t have to create original content (although self publishing is easy, intuitive and recommended), but aim to like, comment and share on a consistent basis. The more you do so, the more you appear in the feed of your connections.
  4. Add media to your job description section 
    Have a project you’re particularly proud of? You can add photos, videos, links, and more. This is a simple way to enhance your profile, add credibility and set yourself apart from the competition.
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     5) Go beyond reiterating your resume
    Your profile should capture the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager. They initially skim hundreds of profiles – in some cases for as little as ten seconds or less. The competition is real and fierce! To cut through the noise, make your summary and job descriptions brief but enticing. Include accomplishments instead of duties. You want to portray at a glance how you increased efficiencies, sales or saved money. Any job duty can be transformed into a quantitative result oriented bullet.

    Take some time to increase activity and spruce up your profile. Your next job depends on it!

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We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. But, the strength, quality and legacy of our Oldcastle brand remains in our product groups, Oldcastle Precast, Oldcastle Architectural and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.

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Winning Job Search Advice Inspired By Athletes

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What can we learn career-wise from athletes as we get ready to watch the winter games? Plenty! Beyond being impressed by their athleticism, there are other takeaways and tips from their prowess to be the best that can transform your career.

1) Learn and follow the rules of the game

Just like every sport has its own rules and regulations, so does your job search. Start by committing to read up on the latest career advice online, subscribing to blogs (like this one), and following career pros on social media (especially LinkedIn). Check out this list of career experts on Twitter to get started.

2) Be patient, prepared and willing to sacrifice 
During competition, the athletes make it look so easy. However, months and years of preparation have led to their special moment during the games. What you don’t see are the early morning practices, late nights, injuries, exhaustion and sacrifice. As a job seeker, you also need to be prepared to put in substantial effort to get your medal – that new job! It may take a while, and it’s not always easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is.

3) No Excuses
Professional athletes are accustomed to grueling workouts and schedules. Procrastination and excuses aren’t conducive to winning medals. We’re not suggesting you should wake up at 4 a.m. and adhere to a super strict training plan, but you do need to have some sort of goal oriented schedule. The competition is fierce out there – hundreds of people are applying for a limited number of positions. If you’re not bringing your best game, you will lose out to other job seeking competitors.

4) Embrace the experience
Athletes work hard and play hard. For your job search, the goal is to achieve a balance and things to look forward to throughout the process. It doesn’t have to be costly or complicated. Something simple like rewarding yourself with a special coffee when you finish a resume update may give you that added incentive to keep going. Decide beforehand what your perks will be.

5) Be your own coach
You may not have a world renowned athletic coach guiding you, but you can embrace a better attitude and philosophy.  It helps to think bigger picture. You may never love writing cover letters. However, you’re not just trying to get a new or better job -you’re also improving your writing, communication and networking skills. This slight change of perspective can help motivate you to keep persevering towards your goals.

6) Reap the rewards
Few of us will ever know what it’s like to bring home the gold for our country. But, your gold medal is the job you get – the one that helps you provide for yourself and your family. Victory comes in many shapes and forms. Be proud of the journey and your results!

7) Have a post-game plan
The games end and athletes need to have a plan for what’s next – whether that be endorsements, other competitions, renewed training or even retirement. When you land a new job, your next step is important. Be thoughtful about how you start that new role. It’s time to prove yourself once again, show your enthusiasm and deliver on the promises you made during the interview.

Hopefully, this post has you thinking about your job search from a different, more sports oriented point of view. The parallels are there. Let us be your coach – learn from these lessons and grow during your quest for a new position. You’re stronger and more prepared than you think! Know that we’re happy to provide career advice and resources along the way.

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Dial In On The Latest LinkedIn Features

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We talk a lot about LinkedIn on this blog because it’s a valuable tool for job seekers. If you’re not on there, you should be – no matter what your profession – engineer to executive, driver to drafter. So, what’s new in LinkedIn land? Plenty. LinkedIn never fails to update features that are worth looking into.

Do you need help creating a resume?
This is a cool one! LinkedIn is rolling out a Resume Assistant. According to the LinkedIn blog“With this integration, you’ll get the inspiration and resources to craft a compelling resume directly within Microsoft Word, and you’ll see relevant job opportunities on LinkedIn that are personalized for you.”  Users will be able to try this feature as it becomes available to everyone in the next few months.

Want to be the first to know when jobs in your field are posted?
While LinkedIn currently shows you “Jobs You May Be Interested In,” this doesn’t guarantee you’ll see the exact types of matches you’re looking for. Take control and set up alerts to make sure that you won’t miss out on any opportunities. To do this, sign up for Job Search Alerts. You can do this on your desktop or from the LinkedIn Job Search App. From the desktop, click on jobs. You will see the search bar. From there, type in the type of job you’re looking for. You can also search by company, keywords, etc. In this example, we’re setting up an alert for an engineer job.

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Next, click on the button that says Create search alert.
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This brings you to a screen where you can choose to receive the alert daily or weekly, via e-mail, mobile and desktop notification or both.

Are you a veteran?

If so, did you know that you can receive one year of LinkedIn’s premium membership for FREE?! Visit https://linkedinforgood.linkedin.com/programs/veterans for more details. “LinkedIn offers U.S. service members and veterans a free 1-year Premium Career subscription, including one year of access to LinkedIn Learning. “

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Step it Up! 7 Ideas To Move Your Job Search Forward This Year

progress1One of our company divisions recently sponsored a Fitbit competition. Is there any correlation between challenging ourselves physically and the mental stamina it takes to find a new job? One of the challenge participants shares lessons learned and tips to help you on your own job search journey.

1) Don’t underestimate yourself
Our thoughts can often limit our behaviors. When I first started the challenge, I had my doubts on how I would do. While I am competitive (for some things), I’m also realistic. I have a sedentary desk job. How was I going to increase my activity enough to counteract that? How was I going to compete against other employees who had more active construction jobs at my company? The same self limiting thoughts may occur to you when you embark on a job search. How long is this going to take? How can I compete against others with more experience or a better background?

Here’s the thing – there will always be people with more experience, better odds and more advantages in the game – whether it’s for a contest or a job. You can’t sell yourself short before the challenge or job search journey begins. You just have to start.

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2) Silence your inner critic
Are you guilty of negative self talk? It’s hard to break the self destructive habit of thinking of everything that could go wrong. In a job search or interview situation, this can destroy your confidence. You can’t let the critic win! Even silly visuals like imagining a stop sign when that bad chatter comes into your head can help. A motto, mantra or inspirational quote can also be helpful. I constantly told myself to “just keep going.”

3) Stop comparing yourself to others
This one is hard. Fitbit has an online leaderboard where you can see how you rank on a daily and weekly basis. It’s fine to know where other people stand, but it can also make you crazy. In the job search, there are obviously other people interviewing. You can’t change that reality, but you can prepare yourself to do the best you can. Spend extra time researching the company, revising your resume and practicing your interview skills.

watch4) Get a strategy

My strategy was to increase my activity and duration weekly. I wasn’t going to increase it all at once that first week, because then my competition would see that and keep increasing theirs. Slow and steady – try to be the underdog, below the radar. In your job search, you want to be selective. Set up a schedule of job search activities with target dates. Use an excel spreadsheet if that helps. Target employers and jobs, customize your resume and cover letter and have goals. You can’t ultimately control what the employer decides, but you can control how you handle the process.

5) Just start doing it and KEEP GOING – no matter what
The toughest part of the Fitbit challenge was the daily grind. It was exhausting. Running in the cold, wind and rain – it was less than ideal. There were points where my feet and toes felt numb. Honestly, I was ready to bail by the end of day three. Fitting in time to workout 3x a day during the week and more on weekends was tiresome. It also left me no time to do much of anything else – for an entire month. The job search game is also draining – maybe not as much physically, but definitely mentally. Get a support system that can cheer you on. For me, it was others in the contest. Do you know other job seekers? Find your tribe so you can bounce ideas off them. Having others who can relate to what you are going through will get you through the bad times and makes celebrating the wins even better.

6) Consistency is key
This one holds true in almost every area of life. I had one “low” step day during the contest. I certainly didn’t throw in the towel. I just upped my game to counteract it. It averages out over the duration. It’s the day to day efforts that will pay off in the end. You can’t let anything veer you off course. There was another time (mid challenge) that I walked out to my car and discovered that I had a flat tire. Oh no! How was I going to get my steps in? I needed to get home and get on my treadmill. Sadly, this was my first thought. But, for any obstacle, there is a solution. I called AAA and, while I waited the two hours (!) for them to arrive, I did laps in the parking lot. It wasn’t ideal, but it worked.
If you don’t land one job, there will always be another one to apply to. You won’t get a job in a day. It’s the culmination of weeks and months of effort to win the coveted prize. Getting a job takes dedication, commitment and consistent, concerted effort over time.
7) Finish strong

By the end of week four, I was over it. My coworkers were over hearing me talk about it. I just wanted my life back. I did not want to walk, run, jump or do a thing. However, that mental and physical exhaustion wasn’t going to beat me. You can’t let the discouragement and ups and downs of the job search get to you either. If you keep at it, you will prevail. When you start something, you finish it. I dug deep and kept going, eventually upping my daily steps from 30k, to 40k, then 50k and finally 60k+ on that last day (over 24 miles). Yes, it took til the final hour of the final day (11:40 pm to be exact). But, at least I knew that I gave it my all. There is satisfaction in a job well done – whether that be a contest like this or your job search. You can do this – keep going.

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References – 5 Do’s & Don’ts [Infographic]

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