Job Searching Tips

  • Take advantage of any and all TAP/TAMP/ACAP classes available to you.  Keep in mind, normally employers are not permitted to solicit your resume in these classes.  However, if you offer it up and they are willing to accept it, they are allowed to accept it.  At a minimum, try to get contact information for representatives of organizations that have hiring authority
  • Tell everyone you know and meet that you are looking for employment…EVERYONE as you never know who knows who and where that can lead.  Even if they may not know you directly, lots of people are driven by incentives such as employee referral bonuses and will be happy to pass along your resume
  • Search the internet and drive through various professional parks to identify potential employers to research (if you are targeting defense contractors they tend to have offices near one another and around military bases)
  • Search Indeed.com and/or SimplyHired.com by keyword and location to identify potential employers and positions in your area
  • Set up a profile/application in every company database you target and set up search agents where possible and update your information often to keep the date fresh– remember that although this may be a pain many employers are required to have all candidates abide by our application process so make sure you follow directions and fully complete
  • Post your resume on job boards such as:  Indeed.com, Dice.com, Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, ClearanceJobs.com, and any relevant niche site (google if unsure)
  • Monitor HOH’s website, LinkedIn Group, and Facebook page for event notices and job announcements, www.hireourheroes.org, https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=5058279&trk=groups_most_popular-h-logo, https://www.facebook.com/HireOurHeroes,
  • Monitor the K-Bar List Blog, http://kbarlist.blogspot.com/, for job openings in your area and submit your resume (once we have it in final draft)
  • Attend networking events and job fairs.  At a minimum, these events can help you make connections that may lead to employment opportunities. Do not be offended if an employer will not accept your paper copy resume.  Due to various labor laws, many employers will require that you submit your resume online following their application process.  That is ok.  Just be sure to get the contact information of whom you can follow up with after you apply online
  • Contact your states Workforce Exchange and Veterans Representatives to get your resume in their databases and networked to those employers they work with (government contractors are required to post their jobs with their state workforce so be sure to monitor their job postings as well)
  • Contact former employment leads and let them know you are on the market …you never know
  • Set up search agents in the major job boards so that you are notified when relevant jobs are posted
  • Search LinkedIn for jobs posted.  Be sure to check the “Jobs” and “Job Discussion” tabs within your LinkedIn groups as well.  This is where jobs are manually posted by employers (in addition to the paid service they utilize)
  • Make LinkedIn connections with relevant employers and contacts that could lead to possible opportunities
  • Join relevant LinkedIn Groups and network your abilities and that you are looking
  • Follow companies with corporate LinkedIn pages
  • When you do submit your resume in the email or applicable place within the application indicate the locations you are open to, your availability, that you are a veteran, and the types of positions you are looking for – if you are willing to commute and/or relocate be sure to indicate that you do not require travel/relo assistance if true in order to squash any assumptions employers may make on how far you will travel and/or whether it will cost them money
  • Create a tracking spreadsheet to track where you have applied, the date, position, company, and login info for certain websites
  • Follow up with companies in which you apply for actual open positions to confirm receipt and get an idea of when they will be interviewing etc. if possible

Job Boards/Sites Worth Checking Out