Telephone interviews are often used as a second step in the screening process. Employers want to feel out the candidate, see if they've researched the position and the company and to get a general sense of whether they're a good fit. You want to leave a positive memorable impression with the interviewers. By following these "4Be's" you can ensure you will Ace the Telephone Interview and be hired for the job.
Comments  by Tanyia Shaw — Posted on Jul 10, 2019 in Veteran Interviewing
Organizations will have unique cultures, some which you will feel aligned with, others which may make you feel like a square peg in a round hole. To avoid a culture mismatch, use the time at the end of the interview to ask some specific questions designed to help you get a better sense of the culture, and whether it’s a good fit for you.
Comments  by Tanyia Shaw — Posted on Jun 27, 2019 in Veteran Interviewing
LinkedIn is a very powerful tool that should play a prominent role in a Veterans job search efforts. Follow these tips to build your network of recruiters to help ensure that your profile shows up prominently.
Comments  by Tanyia Shaw — Posted on Jun 13, 2019 in Veteran Job Search
At the end of most interviews, candidates can expect to be asked one final question: “Do you have any questions for us?” While it is a best practice to come prepared for this question and to have some potential questions jotted down to refer to (yes, it’s okay to pull out your list of questions, in fact, that often makes a very positive impression on the hiring team because it shows you have done some preparation), there are certain questions that are better left unasked. Why? Because they may paint you in a negative light or suggest that your interests are more personally than organizationally oriented.
Comments  by Tanyia Shaw — Posted on May 23, 2019 in Veteran Interviewing
Interviews are designed to be conversations, not interrogations. While you can expect to be asked questions by those involved in the interview process, you should also come armed with your own questions. Not only will there be certain things that you want, or need, to know about. Asking thoughtful questions can help convey to potential employers that you are a serious candidate and that your thought process aligns well with their mission and culture.
Comments  by Tanyia Shaw — Posted on May 09, 2019 in Veteran Job Search
Bob Wiedower is VP of sales development and military programs for Combined Insurance. A retired Marine Squadron Commanding Officer who moved his way up in his career after leaving the military, Wiedower recommends a focus on four key areas of the job search process: research, networking, creating a great resume and participating in interviews. He offers some best practices for each stage of the process.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Apr 16, 2019 in Veteran Job Search
Job seekers can stand out from the masses if they’re prompt and strategic in their post-interview follow-up efforts.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Apr 02, 2019 in Veteran Interviewing
While job boards should definitely be the mainstay of your job search, in a tight labor market it can pay to consider adding other, potentially more creative ways of learning about job openings.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in Veteran Job Search
A powerful tool for employers to reach qualified veteran job seekers is the Resume Scout combined with the Automatic Message. A Resume Scout is an automatic search that is run daily to find newly posted veteran resumes that meet your criteria. An Automatic Message is an email message that can be assigned to a Resume Scout and automatically sent to all job seekers matched by the Resume Scout. This blog posting will show you how to automatically send your message to veteran job seekers on a daily basis.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Mar 02, 2019 in Hiring Veterans
When preparing for an interview, there are some common questions that veterans can almost be assured will be asked. But what about the other end of the spectrum: crazy questions that you likely didn't anticipate? Learn how to respond to crazy interview questions in this article.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Feb 15, 2019 in Veteran Interviewing
Your hard work has finally paid off! After crafting multiple resumes to meet the specific requirements of various jobs that fit your background and interests, you’ve landed an interview. Now you have the opportunity to really demonstrate your interest in, and qualifications for the job. Getting it right at this stage of the game can lead to a job offer and the kind of career opportunity you’ve been hoping for.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Feb 01, 2019 in Veteran Interviewing
The resume is a staple of most job opportunities representing the price of entry in most cases. Consequently, “getting it right” when it comes to developing a resume that appropriately highlights your skills and experience and, from a veteran’s perspective, being able to translate military experience into language that most hiring managers, HR professionals and recruiters will understand is critical. Unfortunately, that can be easier said than done.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Jan 15, 2019 in Veteran Resumes
When faced with a question regarding your ability, and comfort level, with working on a team, take advantage of the opportunity to reinforce how your military career has provided you with specific team-building skills above and beyond what other applicants may have experienced.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Dec 14, 2018 in Veteran Interviewing
It may seem hard to believe, but your multi-year transition planning period has already reached the three-month mark! What now? Now is the point where you should start seriously applying for jobs, getting your resume out to potential employers and recruiters, attending job fairs and doing some interviewing.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Nov 30, 2018 in Veteran Transition
One very common question that you can almost be certain will be asked of you goes something like this: "Tell me how your experience has prepared you for this job." It's a broad question and that represents big benefits for you as you prepare for your interviews. Why? Because there are multiple opportunities to tie many aspects of your past experiences to the new position you're interested in.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Nov 15, 2018 in Veteran Interviewing