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  • NOTE TO DESIGN: Can we get a new cover slide if we are not partnering up with anyone?
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  • Translating your skills to “civilian” Find equivalent civilian occupations Explore education opportunities to extend your skills Learn from veterans with your specialty Apply for jobs that match your skills Identify civilian terminology for your resume Identify the hot career options for your specialty
  • Top jobs for veterans to pursue Security – Law enforcement and intelligence analysts - MP’s or military police are able to easily transfer their knowledge and skills to work as a civilian police officer or in other areas of law enforcement. Military with a background in intelligence are highly sought after as civilian intelligence analysts for their skills and knowledge as well (easily transferred). Also, most servicemen/women coming out of the military have active security clearances – definite advantage for military. Federal government jobs or federal contract positions – Often service members do the same job as a government employee or contractor that they did in the military Engineering - electronic technician, mechanical technician – the valuable skills that service members acquire while maintaining military hardware increase their marketability to companies seeking specialists with greater depth of experience Supply chain/logistics– warehouse manager. One of the key force multipliers in modern warfare is the ability to efficiently supply troops in the right quantity at exactly the right time. Companies know that a more sufficient supply chain can give them the edge against competitors. Healthcare– pharmacists, physical therapists and OR and ER Registered Nurses. These jobs are in high demand and hospitals are especially eager to employ servicemen/women with battle ground work experience. Information technology – Cybersecurity analyst, software engineers – Recent security breaches at some of America’s top companies highlight the critical need for vigilance in today’s interconnected marketplace. Cyber analyst entrusted with protecting our nation’s war fighting capability understand data integrity
  • Determining career paths and targeting your best civilian job options 1 - Translate military skills and experience to like civilian skills and experiences 2 - Objectively assess your skill strengths and weaknesses, your potential, your passions, and long term career goals 3 - Determine your medium and long term (5 and 10 year) career objectives based on the above assessment 4 - Determine best, immediate job and industry options that will set you on the path to enabling your medium-term career objective
  • Evaluate your goals Identify the scope of your job search – It will help you immensely if you take some time up front to identify the scope of your job search. Determine which industries you have interest in, and line out positions that you are qualified for. Set location, level and salary parameters – In order to make an executable plan, you’ll need to set parameters so you can focus your attention in the right place. - Are you open to relocating for a desirable position? If so, decide which cities or areas you are open to beforehand. - You’ll need a rough salary range to start. Of course the salary will range across positions, but you should be shooting for a particular bracket based on your skills and experience. You’ll need to figure out where the bottom of the range lies. At what number will you no longer be interested in a position? This should be thought out beforehand. Determine your job-seeking strengths and weaknesses – Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Some of us are aces at networking, but struggle for hours/days/months to put together the perfect resume. Others feel exactly the opposite. What are you best at? Where do you need some help? Take some time to be honest with yourself about this and you’ll be able to compensate for your weaknesses by reaching out to others for assistance or reserving more time for difficult tasks.
  • Narrow your search to set workable goals Create a shortlist of attainable positions – Once you’ve identified the scope of your job search, you should identify the positions you are qualified for. It will save you time and effort in the long run if you think about this before starting your job search. Create a list of job titles that are desirable. Search the job boards for these titles – does the wording vary? A Marketing Specialist position could also be listed as a Marketing Coordinator, or a Digital Marketer. Sometimes the title depends on something as simple as the opinion of the person posting the position. Bear in mind that different companies use different terms. You may even want to make a list of key terms that are found in the titles of the positions you are seeking to make scouring the job boards a little easier. Identify attractive companies – Now that you’ve set geographic parameters, you should take some time to identify attractive companies in the area you are seeking work. Do some research – check out well-known companies within your area. Next, check out their reputation as an employer. Utilize sites like to view reviews from former and current employees. Utilize your network to discover potential contacts – You may have connections that you are not aware of – utilize your network of former co-workers, supervisors, friends and family to identify opportunities and connections to the companies on you’ve selected as a possible good fit. You’ll never know who you may be connected to until you start asking. Break down the job search into manageable segments – When you get started, the job search can seem daunting, even larger than life. But you don’t have to be afraid – you can break large tasks like this into manageable segments. Line out the areas that need immediate attention, and then block it out into segments of time.
  • Once you’re actively involved in your job search, its important to do your homework on any company that you’re either pursuing or being pursued by. Start the job search process early – Ideally, you should begin the job search process one year before you separate from the military. Try to give yourself enough time to identify and research potential companies you’d like to work with, time to understand the job market and get a feel for what types of jobs are in demand. Effort has an effect on outcome – This is a simple rule to keep in mind. The amount of effort your put into your networking and job hunt will often have on influence on the outcome. You need to do your homework beforehand. Always, always be prepared. Research the company – If you are not open to relocation, you should research the companies in your area to get an idea of your employment options. Before you even apply to a job, you should research the company. You will make the best impression if you show you know your stuff when it comes time for the interview. You can generally find what you need to know by doing a simple internet search. Explore the company website, and pay particular attention to the ‘About Us’ section. You should also scroll through the ‘In the Press’ or ‘News’ section to learn about new projects or campaigns. Check out their social media presence. It will give you an idea of the company culture, and you may even find unique job listings. Investigate to see if there are specific employment user groups on LinkedIn or tabs on Facebook. Participate in any social outreach you find on the internet. You can also read anonymous reviews of what it is really like to work at the company by visiting sites like Gauge how fast people get promoted by following the company on LinkedIn. Meet with former and current employees – This is a creative way to network within the company. You can find employees through connections you already have, or through social networks like LinkedIn. Be ready to ask informed questions – If you make it to the interview, make sure you have at least a few questions prepared that show you already know about the company Update your references – Take the time to connect with your references and make sure they are aware they will be contacted by potential employers in the near future.
  • Action-oriented resumes receive more attention. Most resumes are jam-packed with skills and filler words. What will make you stand out from the rest? Quantify your experiences in numbers and tangible results. During your last internship, did you do something that saved the company money or made it more efficient? Did you chair an event for your sorority or fraternity that raised money for charity? Mention it on your resume. Include internships and volunteer experience. This is an easy one to remember, because at this stage in your life, you may need to list internships and volunteer experiences to round out the experience section. But don’t forget to list activities that may be relevant to the skills needed for the jobs you are seeking. Listing volunteer experiences can help set you apart from the crowd. It is important to present yourself as a well-rounded candidate, so think about all the things you’ve done off the clock when constructing a resume. Focus on relevant skills . You may have interned at a well known financial institution two summers ago when you were an Accounting major, but now you’ve decided that you want to go into marketing. You’ve switched your major and gotten the degree, but that internship is still at the top of your resume. Why? Is it because the company has a great reputation? It’s time to take it off, or at least change the positioning. When a potential employer looks at your resume, they should see the relevance immediately, or they will move on. The name of the company, or your unrelated accomplishments won’t matter at that point.
  • First and foremost - pay close attention to your online profile . I’m sure you’ve heard this at least once in your course of the job search. These days, almost everyone has a social media profile. It is a great place to express yourself and connect with friends and family. Long lost friends can find you with ease. Guess who else can find you? Recruiters or hiring managers seeking to get a glimpse of a potential employee. You need to think like a recruiter if you are searching for a job. Odd are, they are going to check you out before calling you in for an interview or recommending you to a hiring manager. So, take the time to examine your social media presence, and put yourself in the shoes of someone who is considering hiring you for a position. It may not give you a leg up on the competition, but if you do the research, you may help prevent taking yourself out of the race before it starts. Are there any red flags? Pay attention to the pictures of you that are associated with your profile, and the tone/attitude of your posts. Clean up all social media profiles – Make sure you have a clear idea of what is visible to the general public. And make sure your privacy settings are set up in the proper way. If you don’t want others to find random pictures of you, then be sure to mark ‘for friends only’. You may want to consider taking party pictures down entirely. After college, it’s just not cool to display them on your profile. And remember that MySpace profile that you haven’t checked in ages? If you haven’t disabled the account, it’s still accessible. Lastly, always remember that everything you post on Twitter is public, and will be accessible by anyone for a long time. Think before you post. After you’ve cleaned up your profile and properly set your privacy settings, remember to check back regularly. You never know what others have posted on your wall, or have associated with your name. We all know that person/friend who thinks they are being funny by posting a potentially embarrassing picture of you. Even though you may have set limits, things happen, and it’s up to you to make sure your online presence is consistent with and supportive of your professional image. I’m sure you’re aware that your online presence extends way past your social media profiles. You should definitely google yourself to get an idea of what is associated with your name. You could have the same name as someone else who does embarrassing things online. How will you know until you check? After you’ve combed through the results of your search, you should set up a google alert associated with your name to catch new content that may come up. It is always good to stay informed. OK, so cleaning up your social media presence should be task #1. Once you’ve done that, now its time to start putting yourself out there!
  • Treat your job search like a job Block out your time into increments based on task - Map out your day before getting started. Figure out which tasks you should work on during the day, and allot a certain amount of time for each task. Create a practical schedule for yourself – your goals should be aggressive but not unrealistic. You may want to work on perfecting an alternate version of your resume for 2 hours, and then take a break by researching attractive companies for an hour before lunch. Be reasonable with your daily goals and you will feel accomplished. Unemployed vs. employed – Your current employment status will affect how you go about your job search. They say it’s easier to find a job if you are already employed, and ‘they’ could be right – at times. Sometimes it’s easier to leverage your current connections to find the next job, and some employers are more likely to hire someone who is already working. But if you are employed full-time, it can be difficult to find the time to search for a job outside of work. You’ll need to block out several evenings and weekends in order to put in the time necessary to find a job, and you won’t be as available to discuss opportunities during business hours. And if you are unemployed, don’t count yourself out. You have more time to devote to the job search, and you will be more readily available during business hours in case someone tries to reach out to you. You should treat your job search like a full-time job. Get up in the morning at an early hour, and get ready for the day in the same way you would if you were going into the office. You’ll be more likely to take your search seriously if you are dressed nicely, as opposed to staying in your pajamas. Pick a starting time and stick to it every day. Many unemployed job-seekers find comfort in this routine, and you’ll feel more likely to relax in the evening if you’ve put in a full day. Determine a task schedule that suits your needs – There is no one-size fits all plan for everyone. You’ll need to determine a task schedule that fits your individual needs. You may only have time to search for positions after the kids have gone to bed, or in the early morning hours before you head to work. Visualize your calendar for the week or month and build in time to your schedule beforehand. Clear all other tasks off your plate during this time so you can concentrate fully on your job search.
  • Networking is such an ugly word for most people. If you’re not a natural at it, and most people aren’t, it can be a terrifying concept. But it doesn’t have to be. First, I’d like to take a second and define networking, because I’m sure some of you out there are not even sure what it is, let alone how to do it. That’s because it can mean a lot of things. Networking is all about building sincere and lasting relationships with others whom you exchange information and services. It’s about developing and managing a set of contacts that is mutually beneficial. The goal of professional networking is to cultivate a lasting connection with individuals who have similar professional interests, and to advance your personal employment opportunities. Now let’s talk about how to do that. Step outside the internet – These days you can do almost anything on the internet. We’ve already discussed many pieces of the job search that have been made easier solely by having a computer and internet access. However, we tend to forget that sometimes nothing can take the place of human interaction. You shouldn’t feel awkward about reaching out to people remotely, but in many instances meeting in person is best. Offer to take people out for coffee, or book a lunch date. Reach out as far as you can imagine – This is a concept that makes many people uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t. In order to truly identify your network, you’ll need to recall every person you’ve ever met. Because you never know who may have a job opportunity. Don’t forge to reach out to your former military colleagues who now work as civilians. Reach our to your network for tips on open jobs, advice about potential employers and all-around support. The elevator pitch – You can should have an elevator pitch ready when making new connections. This is a concise explanation of who you are professionally and what fields and titles you are interested in pursuing. It should be tailored to fit a short interaction (no longer than 45 seconds) and focus on the benefit you can bring to an organization. Think of it as a short commercial advertising yourself. People who attend career fairs, networking events, or any professional gathering generally meet more people than they can count. How will you stand out? By fitting everything you need to say into a concise elevator pitch. Distill and simplify your professional interests and goals, and it will be easier for you to make a lasting impression. Strike a balance – Once you’ve developed a good relationship with someone, be sure to strike a balance between keeping in contact with them and still respecting their time. You don’t want them to forget about you, but you also don’t want to hog their time. Be considerate when requesting time to meet with someone. If you ask to meet for coffee, set a time limit. Ask for 15 minutes of their time and don’t stay a minute longer. The little things – Sometimes people get so wrapped up in the concept of networking that they forget the little, basic things that make a big difference. First and foremost – don’t forget to smile! Others will be more likely to warm up to you if you remember to just breathe and smile. When you meet someone, say their name aloud at some point in the earlier stages of the conversation. It will help the other person feel more comfortable, and it will also help you remember their name more easily. Then there is the littlest thing of all – the business card. Have a clean and simple card handy to give out at all times.
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  • Let’s take a moment to talk about what to do if you can’t find that dream job right away…and yes, this is a distinct possibility. You may have a clear idea of the exact position you’re seeking, and there may be open positions in your area that match your skills and qualifications. But what happens if you’re unsure which path to take? Or if you don’t get hired for the jobs you desire? You can’t just give up. You need to consider what to do if you don’t find your dream job right away. Keep your options open -Consider jobs that are not a perfect fit at first glance. If you are not successful in your first run at the job search, consider casting a wider net. You may be able to develop skills in a position outside your desired field that will complement the skills you need for a position in your field. Think outside the box and find the connection to your professional development. Look for military-friendly employers that Examine your skill set and strengths - You need to be honest with yourself about your skill level and strengths. Ask yourself what you need to develop to get to the next level and look for a position that will help you grow. You’ll get to where you want to be if you work hard and keep an open mind. You also may want to consider applying for internships and part-time jobs if you can’t find the full-time position you are seeking. If you have already completed an internship, you may think it’s unnecessary to seek another one. Why? Now that you’ve completed your degree, you should have a better idea of the type of job you are seeking. Use the internship and the part-time job as a way of getting your foot in the door of a company that does not have any open permanent positions. When one opens up, you could be the first person they see – both literally and figuratively. Finally, volunteering is a great way to spend your free time for so many reasons. You’ll open yourself up to new working experiences, and may discover interests you didn’t know you had. You can contribute your valuable time to a cause you care about. You can meet people in your industry and try out some of the networking tips we’ve discussed. And you can fill in gaps in your resume by doing something positive. It’s a win-win situation.
  • Fighting discouragement – It can be tough to remain resilient if you’ve been searching for a long period of time. It’s important to fight the discouragement you may feel. Here are a few tips to help you stay positive and productive: Stay active – Don’t sit at home and watch television when you are not actively searching for a job. Of course it’s important to take breaks from time to time, but try to pick a more lively activity that will help keep your mind and body active. Also, it’s important to stay active within your industry. If you are currently unemployed, consider volunteering your time somewhere that is relevant to your industry. If you are in construction, help build a playground for a community center. If you are an accountant, volunteer to manage the financial end of a school fundraiser. It will make you feel good, and you’ll have relevant experience to talk about during your next interview. Plus, you never know who you’ll meet, and what role they may place in your job search. Job search support groups – You may want to seek out job support search groups in your area to further fight discouragement. You may find comfort in developing networking relationships with like-minded individuals who are also searching for a job. It will provide additional opportunities for networking, and you’ll keep each other motivated. You can find job search support groups on LinkedIn and by visiting to scroll through over 800 job search support groups across the US. Realize it may take longer than you expect - Finding and accepting the right position often takes longer than you think it will. It will certainly take longer than you want it to. You’ll need a lot of hard work, preparation and a little bit of luck to find the right job. It may take longer than you expected, even if you think everything is in place. Try your hardest, and then remind yourself it’s okay that you haven’t found what you’re looking for just yet. Don’t stop searching until you’ve accepted an offer – Say you’ve found your dream job, gone in for two interviews, and have been told you’ll here back within the next 7-10 days. You’re so excited that you’re day-dreaming about what it’s like to work in the office, and you figure you have it in the bag. Not so fast – excellent interviews don’t always equal a job offer, and even though you may think you’ve all but signed your offer letter, you should still be actively seeking out new positions while you wait. Don’t stop your job search until you’ve accepted an offer.
  • Adecco staffing beyond the service - tips for veterans transitioning into the workforce webinar deck

    1. 1. Beyond the service: Tips for veterans transitioning into the workforce Mark Rosen Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Adecco Group North America
    2. 2. Adecco provides free temporary, contract and direct-hire staffing services to job seekers. We offer career counseling, resume enhancement, interview preparation, skills training and advice about local job markets and workplace trends, as well as one of the most comprehensive benefits programs in the industry. Please visit us at to learn more. About us
    3. 3. About our presenter <ul><li>Mark Rosen </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Adecco Group North America </li></ul><ul><li>Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Reserve </li></ul><ul><li>Over 15 years in Active Army; Ranger, Master Parachutist, Infantryman </li></ul><ul><li>Recently returned from Afghanistan advising and assisting on all aspects of counterinsurgency operations serving in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters </li></ul>
    4. 4. Translating your skills to “civilian” <ul><li>Find equivalent civilian occupations </li></ul><ul><li>Explore education opportunities to extend your skills </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from veterans with your specialty </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for jobs that match your skills </li></ul><ul><li>Identify civilian terminology for your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the hot career options for your specialty </li></ul>
    5. 5. Top jobs for veterans to pursue <ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Federal government jobs or contract positions </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Supply chain/logistics </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare </li></ul><ul><li>Information technology </li></ul>
    6. 6. Determining career paths and targeting your best civilian job options Translate military skills and experience to comparable civilian skills and experiences 1 Objectively assess your skill strengths and weaknesses, your potential, your passions, and long term career goals 2 Determine your medium and long term (5 and 10 year) career objectives based on the above assessment 3 Determine best, immediate job and industry options that set you on the path to realizing your medium-term career objective 4
    7. 7. Evaluate your goals <ul><li>Identify the scope of your job search </li></ul><ul><li>Set location, skill level and salary parameters </li></ul><ul><li>Determine your job-seeking strengths and weaknesses </li></ul>
    8. 8. Narrow your search to set workable goals <ul><li>Create a shortlist of attainable positions </li></ul><ul><li>Identify attractive companies </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize your network to discover potential contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Break down the job search into manageable segments </li></ul>
    9. 9. Do your homework beforehand <ul><li>Start the job search process early </li></ul><ul><li>Effort has an effect on outcome </li></ul><ul><li>Research the company </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with former and current employees </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready to ask informed questions </li></ul><ul><li>Update your references </li></ul>
    10. 10. Emphasize your skills and potential on your resume <ul><li>Translate your experiences to a language your potential employers speak </li></ul><ul><li>Action-oriented resumes receive more attention </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on relevant skills </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on key words </li></ul><ul><li>Know what to leave out </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t exaggerate </li></ul>
    11. 11. Pay close attention to your online profile <ul><li>Think like a recruiter </li></ul><ul><li>Clean up all social media profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Check your profile regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Google yourself – and comb through the results </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Block out your time into increments based on task </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy - unemployed vs. employed </li></ul><ul><li>Determine a task schedule that suits your needs </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain a database of professional contacts </li></ul>Treat your job search like a job
    13. 13. Learn how to properly network <ul><li>Step outside the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out as far as you can imagine </li></ul><ul><li>Practice your elevator pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Strike a balance </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget the little things </li></ul>
    14. 14. Benefits of your security clearance <ul><li>Increased marketability with civilian employers that require cleared employees </li></ul><ul><li>Many DoD contractors give hiring preference to ex-military personnel with current clearances </li></ul><ul><li>Doubles your worth and ability to get jobs in certain sectors that non-cleared could not get </li></ul><ul><li>Since employers do not have to pay your clearance application, the money saved often goes back into employee’s salary </li></ul><ul><li>When leaving the military, you can re-activate your clearance for up to 24 months without having to start the process over again </li></ul>
    15. 15. Consider alternative solutions if you can ’t find your dream job right away <ul><li>Keep your options open </li></ul><ul><li>Examine your skill set and strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul><ul><li>Temporary and part-time jobs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers try before they buy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build skills to become more marketable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get to prove your value-added to your employer </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>Stay active </li></ul><ul><li>Job search support groups </li></ul><ul><li>Realize it may take longer than you expect </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t stop searching until you’ve accepted an offer </li></ul>Fighting discouragement
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