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Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again,
And I can’t wait to get 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.

Every time we left port, cleared the harbor, and entered open seas, the song was piped throughout the ship’s general announcing system. It was our breakaway song.

On the face of it, the song was a signal to the crew about the ship’s current state of operation. But it had a symbolic meaning as well. It told us all that we were on our way, to (sometimes) destinations unknown, and to prepare ourselves for whatever challenges lie ahead. We were not simply doing our duty but were embarking on a new adventure.

What is your job hunt’s breakway song?

You may have departed or have recently separated from the U.S. armed forces. Aren’t you on the road again for a new job or a second career? You are beginning a new adventure.

What song are you singing that establishes the positive attitude of an adventurer?

Am I sounding a bit too poetic or silly for you? That’s not my intention. But think of it this way. By leaving the world of the armed forces and reentering mainstream America, you are breaking away and launching an adventure that will bring you to destinations unknown. You will be interacting with new kinds of people on and off the job. You will be challenged by new situations. You need to mentally prepare yourself for whatever challenges lie ahead. You need to feel like an adventurer.

Consider these questions to determine whether you are “on the road” to a successful job hunt:

  • Is your job hunt consisting of only sending out resumes and waiting by the phone for a call for an interview?
  • Have you done industry or company research to determine where your present job skills can be most useful?
  • Are you considering more training to update your job skills so you can be more competitive in the job market?
  • Are you attending a job support group to learn the most current trends in job hunting?
  • Are you networking?
  • Are you volunteering at your local church, school, or charity organization to move yourself into new social circles and establish new friendships?


If you have more “no” than “yes” answers to the above questions, you may not be taking all the right steps to maximize your job hunting efforts. You may be conducting your job hunt as a “chore” rather than an adventure. The question is, Why? What is inhibiting you from going all out?

The right attitude many times is the difference between getting or not a job.

There is too much competition in job-hunting to afford the luxury of half-hearted efforts. So, find your breakaway song and sing it! You may find yourself pleasantly surprised that after you put out your maximum effort, you’ll be singing like Willie Nelson:

Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends
Insisting that the world be turnin’ our way
And our way
Is on the road again

Just can’t wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends
And I can’t wait to get on the road again

All opinions, advice, statements or other information expressed in this article are solely the author’s and do not necessarily express the opinions of MilitaryHire.com or the publisher.

Copyright Randall Scasny. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten, or redistributed.

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