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America's best jobs in the hottest markets
The great American hiring boom is slowing down--but as labor cools with the rest of the economy, a few choice regions will stay red-hot. You just have to know where to look.

Resume Writing

How To Create A Persuasive Resume
Most resumes of retirees are a complete statement of their military experience. And that is the problem: their resumes are so detailed that the reader feels overwhelmed. The sheer volume of facts obscures the meaning of those facts. Without meaning, there is no persuasion. If your resume is not persuasive, employers will not be interested enough to call you for an interview.

Why You Need A Good Cover Letter
In real terms, a cover letter functions more as a persuasive, sales pitch letter than a dry business communication.

Employers Are Telling You What They Want. Are You Listening?
Employers tell you what they want but you must read and listen to what they are saying. And sometimes employers tell you point blank how they are searching for job candidates. They list their search keywords right in the job ad!

Why Some Military Resumes Don't Work
Understanding the competitive layer of a resume is the difference between resumes that don't work and resumes that get you interviews.

How To Improve A Non-Performing Resume
What is a non-performing resume? It is a resume that has not persuaded a recruiter or an employer to call you for an interview. Or worse, it's a resume posted on the Internet that is never "found" by hiring managers who conduct computer searches to find job candidates.

When To Use Or Not Use Military Jargon On Your Resume
Including or eliminating military jargon from your resume very much depends on your career goal and the company, organization or industry you are seeking to be employed by.

How Deep Is Your Resume?
Concerned that your resume is too long or too short? Always remember a resume's length is a function of its depth.

Not Getting Job Interviews? Don't Blame Your Resume!
Have you sent out hundreds of resumes? Not much of a response? In a tight job market, your resume is not the problem.

A Sample Military Veteran Resume

Components of a Winning Resume

Top Ten Resume Mistakes

Winning Cover Letters

Sample Resume For Posting on the Web or Emailing

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Interviewing

How To Prepare for Job Interviews
Little in my military service and experience prepared me for the variety, purpose or competitiveness of job interviews. But job interviews are at the heart of the hiring decision. So if you want to succeed, you must learn how to prepare for them.

Innermetrix Interview Success Guide
The complete interview success guide. This free guide gives you a comprehensive look at the most important preparations you will ever take for successful interviewing. Written by management consultants who have worked with thousands of hiring companies in over 18 countries, and based on scientific research, this guide gives you what you need in order to achieve the ultimate interview success.

Effective Interviewing

Netiquette

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Job Searching

A Formula for Job-Hunting Success
Job-hunting success is more complex than simply writing a resume or improving your interviewing techniques. Your success depends not only on your objective credentials and experience but their relative strength in a competitive field of qualified candidates.

How To "Really" Use The Web to Get Hired
Successful job hunters merge traditional job-hunting techniques with the Web to get results--fast!

Why You Must Fine-Tune Your Job Hunt
A job hunter who doesn't fine-tune his job hunt strategy is like a fisherman who doesn't change his bait when the fish aren't biting.

How Geography Plays A Role In Your Job Hunt
There's no question that geography plays a role in job hunting. You can play it to your advantage by taking the time to learn the local economic "lay of the land."

How Geography Plays A Role In Your Job Hunt Part 2: Reader Stories and Feedback
Last month's column on how relocation issues play a role in a veteran's job hunt generated intense reader feedback. So, here are their stories.

On The Road Again
Willie Nelson's song On the Road Again has a special meaning for me. Whenever I hear it, I think of my Navy days. Everytime we left port, cleared the harbor, and entered open seas, the song was piped throughout the ship. The song was my ship's breakway song. What is your job hunt's breakway song?

What To Do When You Can't Find a Job
Vets are getting hired even in this lackluster economy. But if you listen to some of the scuttlebutt going around, you'd be surprised.

Applying for a Federal Job
Applying for a federal job can be a complicated process. In this article, an industry insider shares the secrets to success.

Finding it Impossible to Qualify for Federal Employment?
It is not impossible, just daunting. However, gaining federal employment can be tricky, especially if you’ve never gone through the process before.

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Transitioning From Active Duty

Location Planning: The Geography/Job Search Efficiency Test
Military retirement is a time of immense change and decision-making. Choosing where to live is one of those big decisions that all retirees must make. And since most retirees are not retiring in the truest sense of the word, and will need to seek professional employment, military retirement location decisions are usually tied to employment.

Basic Training: The 3C's of Military Career Transitions
To soften the career transition landing, use this model to both understand and structure how to prepare for a transition. The model maps the stages of a transition.

How To Expand Your Career Transition Opportunities
I am contacted regularly by military retirees with the following question: I have an MOS that doesn't cross over easily into the civilian work world. Since I see few or no jobs advertised, what should I do? The answer to the question is two-fold.

Real Life Job Hunting: The Story of One Veteran's Career Transition
How does a real life job hunt compare to the ideal one? The following military veteran is a good example of what an actual job hunt is like. In the end, he succeeded in getting a job in his home state of Ohio. Let's see how he did it.

How A Retiring Infantry Officer Can Start A Career Transition
This past month I was posed the following question: "I am beginning my career transition. I had a satisfying career as an Infantry Officer but how do I translate that into a meaningful, well-paying job in private industry?" Here's the author's answer.

Military Retirees: How To Take Control Of Your Career Transition
Seeing the difference between a job-hunt and a career transition is an important first step for military retirees with job problems.

Transitioning from Military to Civilian Employment

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Resources for Young Veterans

To begin a quick and successful job search, young veterans must do four things in the following order:

  1. they must make a realistic review of their job skills
  2. determine what kind of jobs they are qualified for based on employer hiring standards
  3. write their resume targeted to specific jobs
  4. apply for jobs

Young Veterans Special: How To Begin Your Job Search
This article covers the first step in your career transition: making a realistic review of their job skills.

Young Veteran's Special: Do I Really Need A College Degree?
This article covers the second step in your career transition: the education issue.

Young Veteran's Special: Resume Basics
This article covers the third step in your career transition: resume basics.

Young Veteran's Special: The Key To Getting Hired
This article covers the final step in your career transition: how to get noticed by an employer, in other words, the key to getting hired.

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Miscellaneous

Why should they hire you?
You have the experience. You're a professional. You have the training. And you're a veteran! You're perfect for the job, right?

Top 10 Sources of Hiring
If you think that posting your resume on a job board isn't effective then think again. A recent issue of weddles.com --The Newsletter About Internet Resources for Successful Recruiting & HR Management, reported on a survey they had conducted of 708 people which indicated that the top ten sources of hire were the following...

Are Your Salary Expectations In Line With Reality?
Keeping your salary expectations in line with reality is a way to prevent you from shooting yourself in the foot, so to speak, and extending your job search time unnecessarily.

How To Advance Your Job Search Without A Security Clearance
I am asked this question by military veterans several times a month: "I have an information technology (IT) background and would like to seek opportunities in the Defense Industry but I do not have a security clearance. What can I do?"

The State of The Market Report: Career Opportunities for Military Veterans in 2005
To take advantage of career opportunities in the coming year, this article will tour the jobs market place and overview the major, private industry sectors to determine what is the state of each industry and what job opportunities may exist.

Sound Business Habits and Best Practices of Good Companies
How do you gather information about an employer to help you determine if you should accept its job offer? Using a job interview to ask questions about its standards of excellence usually answers the question and reaps important insights about the company.

How To Choose One Job Offer Over Another
How should you choose one company over another to work for? Should it be dictated by money, location, or the type of work you prefer? Are there other factors you should consider when making your employment decision?

How To Find A Job In An Outsourced Economy
I think no topic gets the dander up of an unemployed job seeker than hearing about the "outsourcing" of jobs. Just hearing about it can make you feel like you've hit a dead end. So, how can you find a job in the U.S. when jobs are being transported abroad to places like India or China?

Salary Sense for Military Veterans and Retirees
Salary sense is about two things: avoiding unrealistic expectations and realizing that in private industry there are many factors that come into play in determining your salary. Think about the advantages and the trade offs before you go after the money.

Labor Day Special: How To Protect Your Employment Before A Lay Off Looms
I can't think of anything more challenging, besides finding a job in the first place, than thinking about what to do if you are laid off.

Why They Aren't Hiring You?
Once a pool of job candidates are chosen for a particular open position, when all the interviews have been completed, and the time has come to select a candidate, a hiring manager's decision to hire one candidate over another is largely based upon ...

How Your Age Plays a Factor in Job Hunting
Are you thinking that you're too old compared to most job seekers and that's why you're not getting a job? Think you have too much experience? And the odds are against you getting hired?

Finding it Impossible to Qualify for Federal Employment?
It is not impossible, just daunting. However, gaining federal employment can be tricky, especially if you’ve never gone through the process before.

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