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
One line of questioning that, perhaps surprisingly, often catches job seekers off guard relates to their resume and goes something like this: "I see on your resume that you…could you tell me more about that?" Don't stumble on this question and fail the interview.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Oct 29, 2018 in Veteran Interviewing
In many cases your potential employer will be interested in understanding how you might approach your work tasks as a member of their team. Consequently, you could anticipate a question like: “How do you organize a complex assignment?” The key to answering this question is clearly conveying that even the toughest, or most complex, task would not throw you for a loop and that you would take a reasoned, methodical approach to getting the job done.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Oct 12, 2018 in Veteran Interviewing
When you're interviewing for a job in a supervisory or management role, you can definitely anticipate questions related to how you work with others—and how you oversee the work of others. Be ready to answer how you handle poor performance.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Sep 28, 2018 in Veteran Interviewing
When applying for a position as a supervisor, manager or for any role where you will be responsible for directing the work of others it’s likely that you will be asked the question: “How do you lead others?”
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Sep 15, 2018 in Veteran Interviewing
Military veterans have a special set of skills that transfer well to a variety of civilian jobs. Here’s a look at the best jobs for military veterans across the country and around the world.
Comments  by Sean Pritchard — Posted on Aug 27, 2018 in Veteran Job Search