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  • This course was designed to build upon the other TAP Core courses and will continue to assist transitioning Service members and their spouses with planning. Emphasize how important these required items are to the overall success of the workshop.
  • Business Concepts, business smarts, are the simple ways to say Business Acumen. Give an anecdote that illustrates why employers are interested in those who have business acumen.
  • Activity: short term goal (bottom level) long term goal is the top career goal they are aiming for.
  • The important point is the average number of methods used – perhaps this means that to be successful, a job-seeker should diversify efforts.
  • Discuss the hidden job market.
  • Be sure your networking plan aligns with your short term, mid term and/or long term career goals.
  • Many people interview, some of them practice various techniques. We want every participant to become skilled at interviewing.
  • Department of Labor

    1. 1. U.S. Department of Labor Employment WorkshopTransition from Military to Civilian Workplace
    2. 2. Welcome• Icebreaker• Logistics• Prerequisites – Preseparation Counseling – MOC Crosswalk – Personal Finance• Required items – VMET, Career Interest Inventory Results, 12- month budget 2
    3. 3. PurposeThis course provides the tools for transitioningService members to make an informed careerdecision based on best practices for job searchand current industry hiring standards.This course is a required step to completeCareer Readiness Standards for the Capstoneevent. 3
    4. 4. Course Overview 4
    5. 5. Section 1 Transition planning• Complete Individual Transition Plan• Manage Change• Develop Job Search Plan: Personal Assets• Create a Career Catalog• Complete Master Application• Complete Transferable Skills Inventory• Identify Personal Factors for Job Search Plan 5
    6. 6. Identify StressorsCognitive Symptoms: Physical Symptoms: • Memory problems • Aches and pains • Inability to • Diarrhea or concentrate constipation • Poor judgment • Nausea, dizziness • Pessimistic approach or thoughts • Chest pain, rapid • Anxious or racing heartbeat thoughts • Loss of sex drive • Constant worrying • Frequent colds 6
    7. 7. Identify StressorsEmotional Symptoms: Behavioral Symptoms:• Moodiness • Eating more or less• Irritability or short temper • Sleeping too much or too little• Agitation, inability to relax • Isolating oneself from others• Feeling overwhelmed • Procrastinating or neglecting• Sense of loneliness and responsibilities isolation • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or• Depression or general drugs to relax unhappiness • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing) 7
    8. 8. Manage StressWhat are some positive ways to manage stress? 8
    9. 9. Homeless Veterans2011 Statistics•Annual veterans’ unemployment rate in 2011was 8.3%. – Young male veterans (those ages 18 to 24) who served during Gulf War Era II had an unemployment rate of 29.1 percent, higher than that of young male nonveterans (17.6 percent). – Female veterans who served during Gulf War Era II had an unemployment rate of 12.4.Source: BLS 2011 Employment Situation of Veterans; 9
    10. 10. Homeless Veterans2011 Statistics•On a single night in January 2011, 67,495homeless veterans spent the night on thestreets of America.•An estimated 144,842 veterans spent at leastone night in an emergency shelter ortransitional housing program in one recent year.Source: BLS 2011 Employment Situation of Veterans; 10
    11. 11. Why Are Veterans Homeless?• Male veterans are twice as likely to become homeless, and female veterans are four times more likely to be homeless as their non-veteran counterparts.• A large number live with post traumatic stress disorders and addictions acquired during or exacerbated by their military service.• Lack of family and social networks due to lengthy periods away from their communities of origin.• Government money is limited and serves only 1-in-5 of homeless veterans in need. 11
    12. 12. Prevention of Homelessness• Military service separation process – Participate in “Preseparation” counseling process – Participate in Department of Labor Employment Workshop – Know about your VA Benefits• Obtain a job and income• Seek early assistance for mental health and substance abuse issues• DOL/VETS Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) 12
    13. 13. HVRP Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program Funded by U.S. DOL/VETSThis program provides employment, training, and supportive services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force. 13
    14. 14. Decision Making5-Step Decision Making Process 14
    15. 15. Identify Support SystemList people who:•You know and trust•Can help you to connect with others•Are accessible to you on an ongoing basis•Have varied talents and abilities who canprovide assistance to you across a variedspectrum of needs 15
    16. 16. Identify Support System Josh Jeremy Jones Jones Hudsacks Hudsacks Softball Nguyens Team Oginga Family Nordquists NordquistsGarcias Neighbors Mr. Support HS Luigi Support HS System System Employer Employer Houghs High High School School Rocco Deena Mrs. Mr. Sgt. Friends Miller Church White Li Pastor Military Military Roberts Zane Bucko 16
    17. 17. Manage ChangeOr change will manage you.Develop your own customized changemanagement plan.Use your best resources andknowledge.Pages 4-13 17
    18. 18. Change Management Plan Structures Support System Life Goals Stressors Skills Budget 18
    19. 19. Create a Career CatalogIn your career catalog you will have copies of: • Records • Master Application • Work Samples, if applicableAmong the types of records you should collect in yourcareer catalog are: • Military Service • Personal Identification • Work Experience • Education & Training Pages 14-15 19
    20. 20. Understand Your Skills• Build a master skills inventory• Use your VMET to identify skills.• Utilize MOC Crosswalk results.• Identify and list all of your skills gained through: education, military service, previous jobs, hobbies, interests, participation in professional organizations and community activities.Pages 23-32 20
    21. 21. Personal AssetsAssess and Evaluate: –Skills –CLAMS –Values –Preferences Pages 33-42 21
    22. 22. Motivators• CHALLENGE• LOCATION• ADVANCEMENT• MONEY• SECURITYPage 33-36 22
    23. 23. Section 2 Career Validation & Exploration• Research Industries, Occupations, Trends• Identify Job Search Assistance Resources• Develop Job Search Plan: Essential Tools• Develop Job Search Plan: Target Employers 23
    24. 24. Job Search Assistance• State Workforce Agency (SWA) or One Stop Career Center• Workforce Investment Act (WIA)• Office of Apprenticeship (OA), U.S. Department of Labor• Private Employment Services• College/University/School Career Services• Military and Professional Associations and Organizations• Phone and/or Industry Directory• Industrial and Craft Unions• Job Fairs and Hiring Events• Chamber of Commerce• Military and Family Support CentersPages 46-49 24
    25. 25. Essential Job Search Tools 25
    26. 26. Target Employers 26
    27. 27. Speak the Employer’s Language• Translating military to civilian is difficult but necessary.• Research the company and analyze the job posting to decide what “language” an employer speaks.• Communicate the skills and experiences you bring to the table—and what you can offer an employer. Speak the employer’s language. 27
    28. 28. Business ConceptsDevelop Understanding of Business Concepts 28
    29. 29. Professional Introduction 29
    30. 30. Section 3 Job Search Plan• Set Goals• Schedule• Network• Utilize Job Search Method• Analyze Job Postings• Complete Application Forms 30
    31. 31. Short-range, Medium-range and Long-range Goals 31
    32. 32. Setting GoalsSMART GOAL Trackable Realistic 32
    33. 33. Create a ScheduleMonday Tuesday Wednesda Thursday Friday y8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10Review Job Research Review Job Interview Review pastPostings Companies Postings week10-12 10-12 10-12 10-12 10-12Target Resumes Practice Play Golf Send Thank Review Skills, Answering (network) you, Analysis add more Questions12-1 12-1 12-1 12-1 12-1Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch1-4 1-4 1-4 1-4 1-4Complete online Interview, Send Thank Twitter, Targetapplication, Network event you, Analyze LinkedIn, ResumesCalls Interview Facebook4-5 4-5 4-5 4-5 4-5Plan for Plan for the Cook Dinner Walk Clean Officetomorrow week with Friends 33
    34. 34. How Job Seekers Look for Jobs Average number of methods used: 2.03Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 34
    35. 35. How Employers Look for EmployeesSource: Bureau Labor Statistics 35
    36. 36. Job Search Plan 36
    37. 37. Analyzing Job PostingsJob postings provide information about thetypes of positions available, the skills requiredand the language an employer speaks.Analyze postings for: – Experience needed – Qualifications – Salary – Skills Page 93 37
    38. 38. Application Forms• Read the directions• Fill out application forms completely• Utilize your master application• Safeguard your right to privacyPages 94-96 38
    39. 39. Section 4 Effective Resume• Understand the Resume Reader• Target Resumes and Master Resume• Sections of a Resume• Prepare References• Resume Types• Resume Formatting• Resume Review• Cover Letter• Salary History 39
    40. 40. Section 4 Effective ResumeResume Screening Process 40
    41. 41. Section 4Effective Resume 41
    42. 42. Sections of a Resume1. Contact Information2. Career/Job Objective Statement3. Summary4. Areas of Expertise5. Experience6. Employment History7. Education/Training 42
    43. 43. Contact InformationMake sure your information is current andaccurate: Lynn Gweeney234 Brook Avenue, Englewood, Colorado 12345 (123) 456-7890 Lynn.Gweeney@email.comPage 117 43
    44. 44. Career/Job Objective StatementWell-written career objectives are•Concise, short and to the point•Answer the question “For which position areyou applying?”•List the specific job and company to which youare applyingPages 118-119 44
    45. 45. SummaryA short paragraph used to highlight key wordsand marketable skills/experience, and recapswhat you can offer, including:•Specific knowledge, talent or education that“ties” you to your career interest•Self-management skills•Work attributes•Soft skillsPages 120-121 45
    46. 46. Area of ExpertiseA list of bullet points which provide a sense ofwhat you can do for the company:•Highlight key skills that support job goal•Match key words in job announcement•Include certifications/licenses required•List security clearance if relevant for positionPages 121-123 46
    47. 47. Experience• Use civilian terms. Speak the employer’s language. Use key words• Begin with an action verb• Avoid “Responsible for”• Quantify results: use numbers, percentages, statistics and examples• Avoid personal pronouns (I, me, my…)• Wordsmith your statementsPages 125-134 47
    48. 48. Education and Training• List most recent first• Put “attended” if you never graduated to prevent the assumption that you have a degree• Include certifications/licenses/training relevant to job• Depending on your background and the job for which you’re applying, Education & Training might be placed above Experience or Employment History on your resume.Page 136 48
    49. 49. Section 4 Resume LabChoose: – Style – FormattingDraft: – Sections – Content in sections – Focus on STAR accomplishment statementsSave Master Resume File:If using computer lab, email file to yourself 49
    50. 50. Cover LettersIntroduce yourself and sell the employer on howwell your specific skills, abilities and attributesmatch the organization’s needs.Four main components: 1. Introduction 2. Relevant Reason for Cover Letter 3. Request for Action 4. Respectful Sign Off Pages 151-153 50
    51. 51. Section 5Federal Resume 51
    52. 52. Federal Jobs• Classifications• Veterans’ Preference• Selection Processes• Find jobs• Apply for jobs 52
    53. 53. Federal Jobs 53
    54. 54. Section 6Skilled Interview 54
    55. 55. Skilled Interview Hiring Process 55
    56. 56. Types of Interviews• Face-to-Face• Panel or Committee• Meal Interview• Group• Stress• PhonePage 187-189 56
    57. 57. Skilled InterviewInterview Stages 57
    58. 58. Mock Interview• Practice makes permanent• Practice to make it skilled• Take notes 58
    59. 59. Prepare for Interview• Research• Checklists• Questions• References 59
    60. 60. Dress for Interview 60
    61. 61. Follow-upThe art ofthank you! 61
    62. 62. Section 7 Interview Post Analysis• Evaluate the Interview—Continuous Improvement• Evaluate Job Offers• Negotiate Job Offers• Communicate a Decision to an Employer 62
    63. 63. Update ITP• Next steps• SMART Goals• Schedule• Additional education, certification, skills 63
    64. 64. Course Summary• Manage Change• Personal Assets• Career Validation• Resume• Federal Job Search• Skilled Interview• Interview Post-analysis 64
    65. 65. Wrap-up• Expectations Met• Evaluations• Comments• What questions do you have? 65
    66. 66. Transition Assessment• Please go to: – Make up your own password – Complete Post TAP Assessment • AD member & spouse 66