Job fairs are excellent ways to network face to face with employers who are looking to hire. We have been sponsoring numerous job fairs across the country in order to offer H2H users added value beyond applying for jobs on our website. (here is a list of upcoming job fairs)
Although these job fairs are great, we wanted to explore some other ways you can stay connected beyond applying for openings online and attending job fairs.
We reached out to some HR/Recruiter friends of ours to see what they would recommend for job seekers.
H2H: Other than job fairs, what are some other great ways to network with businesses to get a job?
Karen Siwak: Industry association conferences, association chapter meetings, trade shows, lunch and learn seminars and board of trade events.
Bridget Webb: Connect on Linkedin and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
These are two different styles of answers, but both make a call to action for networking.
In order to make these suggestions work, we recommend that you also have a clear understanding of what you want. If you’re confused about the industry you want to get into, it may cause you to spin and not get anywhere. Define your skill sets, pick a focus and put yourself out there. There is no better way to practice your networking skills than to just do it. Introducing yourself and engaging in conversation within your industry may just be the thing that’s holding you back from landing your next opportunity!
In today’s tough job market, it is important to stand out amongst the crowd during the job interview. To help differentiate you from the average applicant, we suggest you follow the STAR technique. This technique provides a simple way to present complete and detailed answers to interview questions.
Situation- Give a specific example of a situation related to the question Task- Describe a task that needed to be accomplished Action- Explain the actions you carried out related to the situation or task Results- Explain the results of your actions
We love taking questions and concerns from our community of service members and their spouses who are looking for work. We’d like to open up this discussion to our network of HR Professionals to see what they have to say. Below is a message from one of the members in our Facebook community:
I feel like I don’t have the luxury of applying for only a couple jobs and that I need to apply for as many as possible. However, the importance of tailoring a cover letter and resume to fit a specific job is incredibly overwhelming and my gut is telling me that no matter how much I tailor it, it’s just going to get lost in the hundreds of other resumes sitting in the pile.
This frustration permeates with the addition of another problem: No matter how many times I tweak my resume, there is always another expert telling me that I should re-do it their way.
Is it just me or is the system broken? I personally feel it’s more about who you know, than what you say in your resume. I can’t help but feel that a resume should only come into play when you attend the interview, that way you tailor it accordingly.
This well-known rule of thumb concerning resume writing is something we have all heard before. In our on-the-go society, shorter is commonly perceived as better. However, the rules are changing, and length flexibility is back in style.
There are very few unbreakable rules when it comes to resume writing. They include: No lying, no typos/misspellings, and no negative information. Other than those three, every other rule is breakable, including the ones pertaining to resume length. Continue reading →
Detroit’s COBO Center
One Washington Boulevard, Detroit MI 48226
Join VA and your fellow Veterans at the free Veteran Hiring Fair in Detroit from June 26-28, 2012. Veterans and transitioning Military Service Members will have the opportunity to apply for jobs with VA, other federal agencies and the private sector. The event will serve Veterans with all levels of experience in all types of careers. Employers will conduct interviews and hire for selected positions on the spot. Continue reading →
Photo Caption: (From left to right) Veterans Reuben Butler, Devon Murraine and U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Christine Cunningham take a hands-on approach to their job search at the Hero 2 Hired Mobile Job Store today at the DC Armory, part of the Department of Defense’s “Hero 2 Hired” employment program designed for members of the National Guard and Reserve.
WASHINGTON (May 17, 2012) – A one-of-a-kind vehicle brought career tools directly to National Guard and Reserve members today at the D.C. Armory. The innovative Hero 2 Hired (H2H) “Mobile Job Store” allowsGuardsmen and Reservists– who often face higher unemployment rates than civilians and unique occupational challenges– to search for available jobs through an online job portal specifically designed to connect them with military-friendly civilian employers that have made a stated commitment to hire veterans. The mobile facility also provides service members assistance with resume building and translating their military skills to civilian job qualifications. Continue reading →
In an effort to reduce Veteran unemployment, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 was passed and signed into law last November. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) for unemployed 35 to 60 year old Veterans, which will begin on July 1, 2012.