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ChazzPrattUSAA's avatar User  ChazzPrattUSAA Going Civilian Blog | ‎06-06-2014 02:21 PM

Get Up, Get Out, Get Connected!



In a world where Veterans, Military Spouses, and Military Families experience unique challenges in getting hired, it’s always encouraging to hear from someone who continues to succeed!


I heard from a Veteran who shared some sage advice I’d like to share with you.


But first, I’d like to encourage you to consider 3 things:


Get Up


If you’re currently unemployed or underemployed, I want you to get up each day like you’re about to make a positive impact at a company. If you don’t have a job, get up and maintain a schedule. Your job is to find work. Create some challenges in your quest for employment that make it fun. For example, set a goal of meeting 3 new people that work at 3 specific companies within 3 hours. You can do this via computer using a professional website such as LinkedInTM. If you succeed, you get to treat yourself to something you enjoy! (Maybe reward yourself with something like a movie, a coffee, or some other positive reinforcement.) If you don’t reach your goal, take some time to figure out why you didn’t meet the new people and try again for the next 3 hours. The more people you meet, the better your chances of connecting with a potential job!


Get Out


Part of maintaining a regular, work-type routine involves the activity of getting out amongst the people. You can’t sit behind your computer screen connecting all day and expect to reap the benefits of person-to-person interaction. Vary your route and routine. Grab a coffee at a coffee shop located nearest your favorite prospective Employer. Keep an eye out for anyone wearing anything that associates them with a potential job – don’t forget that many current Employees consider coffee shops their “office”! People conduct lots of business in coffee shops and golf courses! Get out and get some java or get a basket of golf balls and work on your drive! But, don’t forget to do the old “Grip & Grin” and meet as many people as you can and where they work!


Get Connected


Next time you’re at a hiring conference, job fair, or employment office, make it a point to get connected with the people you meet there! Exchange contact information, trade résumés with people who might have a solid lead on a job you’re interested in, or even ask who knows whom.


You might also consider forming a Job Lead Network comprised of people you’ve met who wish to commit to looking out for each other’s job-hunting efforts! Meet at a pre-scheduled time and at a pre-determined location on a pre-determined date. Share job leads and create a small, manageable community of Veterans, Military Spouses, and Military Family Members who can help each other – just like you did while in Uniform!


As promised, here’s a glimpse into the experience and wisdom of a Veteran who’s enjoyed a highly successful Military-to-Civilian career transition:


Karl is a successful Pharmaceutical Industry Manager who maintains a high level of energy, professionalism, and overall leadership in everything he does. He leveraged his military experience into an outstanding career in medicine. He’s a Combat Veteran who effectively positioned his military experience into benefits for each hiring company he’s worked for. He’s been rewarded greatly for his accomplishments and remains a humble man with a fine reputation. He’s worked for Military-Friendly companies and Fortune 500® companies and worked with fellow Veterans as sales/management colleagues and he’s been fortunate enough to have hired several Veterans over the years.


• The biggest hurdle is translating how leadership experience and discipline gained in the military provides a competitive advantage in the world of sales/marketing. Using the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action, Result) is an effective approach.


• I have observed that developing patience with people/processes and learning the nuanced politics that exist in a corporate environment sometimes creates challenges for veterans.


• The advice I would give for a transitioning Veteran is to do extensive research on companies/industries of interest, network with others as most opportunities arrive through word of mouth, and work with a professional recruiter. I'm a fan of


So, when it comes to doing what it takes to succeed in getting hired, you’ve gotta Get Up, Get Out, and Get Connected!


ChazzPrattUSAA's avatar User  ChazzPrattUSAA Community Manager

by Community Manager
‎09-29-2014 12:02 PM

Thank You for reading!

Thank You for reading!

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