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Don't Be a Dinosaur - Stay Up to Date with Job Hunting Methods!

A lot of candidates seeking jobs for veterans tend to use outdated job search techniques in the market. Here are a few tips to get you to update your search skills.

Are you still sending handwritten thank you notes?  

You may look like a dinosaur if you do this. The better thing to do is send an email as soon as you get home from the interview. Be sure to reiterate your interest in the job (if you still want it) and thank the interviewer for their time.

Do you still think recruiters work for you? 

Remember folks, recruiters at staffing agencies are hired by the companies who pay them a fee for finding candidates who match their requirements. They are NOT in business to help YOU find jobs for veterans. They exist to fill jobs for the companies that pay them.

This means that you must take charge of your career search. Only you are responsible for your career. Don't leave it to a recruiter to get you a job. Be proactive and realistic.

Did you prepare for the phone interview?

Once you hear back from an employer your first contact will likely be a phone or skype interview. This is your first chance to make a good impression.

"It's important to dress appropriately and
to prepare as thoroughly as you would for
an in-person meeting."  

 

Treat your HR interviewer with respect and always assume that he or she is knowledgeable on some level about the hiring company, the culture, and the role.  

Ask questions, sit up straight and be in a place with no distractions. Focusing your attention is key to professionalism. The HR person will be looking for these small clues to see if you care about the interview. Don't let them down!