Job fairs and hiring events are an excellent opportunity for you to showcase yourself and your talents. You can meet hundreds of potential recruiters and hiring managers. The bad news is that there are several things that while pretty simple, yet many job seekers do not care to pay attention to.
- THEY’RE SHOWING UP FOR INTERVIEWS IN SHORTS AND FLIP FLOPS.
Most transitioning military personnel understand that they must be professional in their dress and appearance when meeting potential employers, but there have been several occasions where I have seen people interviewing in shorts, jeans and tank tops etc. Maybe a suit is not necessary, but khakis and a button down shirt look more professional that a tank top and shorts unless you are interviewing to be a lifeguard!
- INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS.
When filling out ANY job application, fill out all of the information and do not take a “Shotgun” approach, using the same resume for every position. Tailor the resume to the job!
- RELUCTANCE TO START IN AN ENTRY LEVEL POSITION.
Throughout the business world, it is common knowledge that military personnel have the dedication, motivation and discipline to become great employees and will move up the ladder more quickly than others. Getting that first job with the company and then proving your worth and value to their corporate culture is the goal. Sure, you would like to be the CEO, but even they started somewhere.
It is hard enough to find the right recruiter at the right time with the right position. Do not ruin your chances by not paying attention to the basics!
For more information, see Linda Gibson’s article at Career Helm
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