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Military Career Transition | Ashford University Career Services Webinar


Over the last year we’ve received
a lot of questions pertaining to the job search of
transitioning military members or those who have already
transitioned as veterans. And during today’s presentation, we
hope to provide you some valuable and helpful information that will assist
you in developing a career strategy and give you some resources to help you
out along the way. Now, I wanna be clear that transitioning a career at any point
is difficult and it can take longer than you might expect,
but it is possible and it can be exciting, too. Now this is a subject
I’m very passionate about. My name is Chad Lozier and I’m a Career Services Specialist
here at Ashford University. I’m also a Navy veteran, myself, and I was
successful at transitioning out of the military and into a civilian career. Today as we go through
our presentation we are also gonna have Shaylah Bisthop joining
us who, will be speak to you a little bit about how service-connected disability could
potentially affect the job search. And she will also provide some
resources, as well. A few of my colleagues from Career
Services will be joining us, Tamara Small, Greg Lewis,
and Carol Vaughn, who’ll be helping to answer
any questions you might have along the way. Okay, I’d like
to take a minute before I begin and quickly go over
our presentation goals. So we’re going to present
on the skills, ability and knowledge you gain
through military experience. We’re also gonna share job
strategies. What is effective and what isn’t? We’ll be demonstrating
resources to assist in career researching. Also, we will list ways
to network effectively. And we’re also gonna review resources and
social networks related to disability and employment. Now, I’d like to bring to your attention a few
stats that I found very interesting when it comes to the job search.
74% of veterans are very likely, or extremely likely, to be looking for
work in the next year. Only 29% of veterans, on the
other hand, are confident about finding work that suits them, and
unfortunately that number is dropping. In a poll 99% of employers said that veterans work experience is
the same or much better than non-veterans. And that same
99% would recommend hiring a vet. And there’s also really good news,
and that is veteran’s unemployment rates are actually lower than the national average.
Now that we know some of these statistics, our goal will be to prepare you for a transition
and help you to feel more confident that you can search for jobs in
different ways so that you can achieve your
greatest career potential. Part One. Identifying the Right
Career Path for You. When transitioning out of the
military, some might feel pressure to maintain the same path
or similar field to what they experienced during the military. Others might decide to change
career paths altogether. But into what? There are a lot of factors that
go into choosing the career path after the military. It can be overwhelming and
frustrating. However, it can also be exciting and liberating
to venture into a new career outside of the military.The possibilities
are seemingly endless. Deciding on the correct career path
is a big decision that deserves some careful consideration, but there are
plenty of resources to help. We’re gonna identify some of those
resources and help you make a great, informed decision. So, what do you do when
you don’t know what to do? Well, the best place to start is with
yourself. Developing a plan for transitioning
will help you to set goals, research
potential careers, industries, occupational titles, and ultimately
identify the qualities that you possess that can help you put it all together. You have
gained some great experience in the military. and learned lots of skills. Not all of those skills are technical
skills like combat training or mechanical. Some are soft skills, and we’ll cover what
some of those skills are later on in this presentation. In addition to your military experience, you
are also getting a valuable education from Ashford. Now you might be wondering how to combine
all these things into your future career. One of the first things I recommend
doing is setting goals and then prioritizing. When you
prioritize your career goals, you are laying the groundwork for
your career search. This can be challenging, but something
that you want to spend time developing. When I was transitioning out
of the Navy, I told my wife, “Believe it or not, I just wanna
wear a suit and tie to work.” Now, that might seem insignificant, but as I dug
deeper, what it really meant was that I wanted to work in
a professional setting, one where I was not adding wear and tear
onto my body like I was doing in the military, and also I was seeking something
that allowed me to give input and utilize my critical thinking
and organizational skills. It was also at the top of my list that I get
a job in a city that we were already living in. Now some of you might be looking to
go back to your hometown or a specific destination. Where does
location fall into your priority list? Would you be willing to relocate
for the right job? You want to think about
your goals and priorities before searching for a new career. Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to
examine some of the skills that you possess. Your skills are what make you
valuable to a potential employer. You’ve gained some great experience in the
military and learned lots of valuable skills. First consider your hard,
or technical, skills. The military is a great way to learn technical
skills such as advanced electronics, mechanics, software, security,
law enforcement and many others. It’s up to you to decide
whether or not to incorporate those hard skills into your job search, or not. This
could be a defining aspect of your job search. You don’t have to feel obligated to
work in your technical field if you don’t want to. The good news is
that just by being in the military, you already possess
some of the top skills that employers are looking for. Some of the basic fundamental skills
that we all learn in the military have nothing to do with technical fields.
Employers are looking for employees with certain skills that can be an
asset in the workplace. This is a list of 10 of the skills that employers
are seeking, and they’re skills that are possessed by veterans. Now, there’s a handout that you can
download from this live meeting and that is the Skills Inventory. and I’ll talk about the handouts at the
end of the presentation, but I’m gonna challenge you to
take a critical look and take inventory of your skills. This
might shape how you begin your job search. Next, I recommend
doing some research. Finding the right career
and the right company in the right location takes a bit of work.
However, if you’re willing to do a little research, your job search can potentially net you a more satisfying
payoff and even save you a lot of time and stress. Here’s a small
list of considerations that I recommend researching prior
to submitting an application. If you’re still stuck, start by researching
which companies and industries are the most veteran friendly,
and go from there. Market and Labor trends can help you
to gain an understanding of what industries and jobs will
be hiring, compared to others. If you’re willing to relocate, finding the right
landing spot is very important. You can research popular cities and
employment statistics to see if it’s a good fit for you. There are many web sites and agencies
devoted to helping veterans with disabilities reenter the workforce. And finally, you should also
research job openings. We’re gonna get into that a little
bit further into the presentation. But first, I wanna pass the floor over to
our student Veterans Specialist, Shaylah Bishop. And she’s gonna speak a little bit more
in depth about researching disability friendly opportunities. Thank you so much, Chad. My name is
Shaylah Bishop and over the past two years I have worked at Ashford
in the Office of Student Access and Wellness. I’ve been
supporting students with disabilities in obtaining accommodations. I work specifically with military
and veteran affiliated students, authorizing academic accommodations
and providing resources specific to service connected
disabilities, as needed. I’m hopeful that some of you may have heard of Hire
Heroes. But if not, it’s a great resource to become familiar with
in your job search. Hire Heroes USA matches
the skills and interests of returning veterans with the needs of
participating companies nationwide. Hire Heroes leads in training
job seeking veterans to find and attain employment,
while creating opportunities for employers to meet
those veterans. On one portion of the site you will
see a place for veterans to submit applications and learn about companies
and employers. And there’s a spot for employers to post jobs. Fantastic! Thank you so
much, Shaylah. Now, you can begin to do research
different- begin researching different career paths. And one
of the best ways that I’ve found to research occupations is by searching job titles
through O-NET Online. This website even links you
to a military specific occupation search called ‘My Next Move’. Now,
I’m gonna show you all briefly how to use this tool, but let me tell you, it can do
wonders for you when you begin you job search. You can plug in your job, your MOS, or your rate and begin seeing what
the related civilian occupational titles are. And then some similar
occupations, as well. Ultimately, this will help you
to generate some, great ideas of occupations
that you can search for, especially if you’re having trouble
determining what you should be doing. Now, after you’ve clicked on
My Next Move, use the “I liked my last job” feature to
plug in your military job and branch. You can use this particular
feature to add your military job or MOS code, and it will link
you to civilian job titles. In this case, we’re gonna use
the Navy as the branch and FC, or Fire Controlman, as the job and then press ‘Find’. So, this search will bring up a list
of relevant occupational titles. Out of the list that pops up, decide on
a few that interest you and begin there. This list will also give you a quick view
of which occupations have a bright hiring outlook, which are
considered green jobs and which have apprenticeships
associated with it. When you click on one of the occupations, it’s gonna
list several different categories of qualities associated with the occupation.
It’s going to list knowledge that you will need to be successful. Additionally, it will list the skills that
you will be needing. And this is a great way for you to look at
the skills and knowledge that you possess already to see if there’s a possible fit. Also, abilities that you’re going to need
for this job. It’s also gonna list what personality types are typically
the most successful in this position. The technology used for this job
is listed, so in this case if you have experience using C++ software, this might be
a position to aim for. Additionally, it will show you what
educational level is typically expected. And then, what sort of job outlook and
average salary this position contains, so you can see if they’re hiring for
this position in the near future. Finally, there are links to similar
occupational titles that your military job might be suited for. Now this is
intended to stimulate some thinking and research on your end.
When people search for jobs they typically search for only a few
positions that they’re familiar with. Hopefully now, you’ll
be equipped to search for several positions that match your skills, knowledge,
abilities, and educational level. Now, I wanna take a second
and bring you back to the O-NET home page. There’s several
ways to search without using a military specific search. O-NET is powered
by- or it links with the Department of Labor-
so these are a very good resource to use.
And you can research, using the ‘Find Occupation’ section.
This area is searchable by job outlook, industry, and more.
In the advanced search, you can search for occupations
that match up to a particular skill ability, or knowledge. Or you
can simply type in a keyword search.
All will direct you to a list that occupations that best
match your search. I would like to remind you that
if you found something helpful, or useful, to utilize
the feedback buttons or the Q&A feature
to ask questions. Part Two: Identify and
Extend Your Network. When you decide that a
career change is necessary, it may become common
to feel like, “it’s me versus the world,” especially when you hear about layoffs
and unemployment rates and all the negativity that can come
with a big career change. When I made my decision to leave the Navy,
I actually encountered quite a bit of negative feedback. I was told, “You know, they’re just
not hiring in the civilian world,” and that “Civilian employers don’t
like the military veterans”. That I “would never find the benefits
and perks that I had in the military world”. Well, instead of buying into all that
information, I decide to focus on reaching out to my network and building a bigger network.That way,
it wasn’t just me versus the civilian world. Well, what is networking? Networking is one of those buzzwords
that you’ve probably heard a lot about, but you don’t necessarily know
what it is or how to use it. I’m going to be talking about your
network of friends, colleagues, classmates, and alumni. These people or groups of people can
be very effective in your career search. There are many ways to use and build
your network including social media, alumni events, student
and family services, professional organizations, and more.
The first thing I recommend doing though, is thinking of your current network. Think about successful people outside
of the military that you know or associate with already. They may
be able to provide you with valuable tips, resources, recommendations,
and possibly even job referrals. Many of you already use
social media currently, have a network already built. You can use
some of the large social media networks to build professional relationships to use in your career search. At Ashford, we highly recommend opening a LinkedIn
account, if you haven’t done so already, This is a great way to network
in a professional manner. other sites like Facebook and
Twitter can be useful to particularly if you are researching
companies to see what their online presence looks like. Social media sites also provide industry specific groups
and clubs that are a great ways to connect to people in a particular industry. A word of
caution, though, when using social media: potential recruit in place can see you’re
online presence for better or worse. So, it is good to have professional attributes,
skills, and organizations on your profiles, but you may want to take down
questionable photographs and messages. The military has its own social
network called, ‘Together We Served’. This is a good site to connect with
past service members that you have served with along the way. You
may want a letter of recommendation, or to find out about job postings
in a different region, and you may just wanna call in
an old co-worker to help out. As you research potential careers and
industries, consider joining professional organizations specifically devoted to that career field.
Organizations like SHRM for Human Resources professionals.
American Federation of Teachers, American Association of Healthcare
Administrative Management, Law Enforcement Assistance Connection,
Wounded Warrior Project and Project Managers.net are all
great ways to get connected with the industry, learn about upcoming events, learn the
industry language which is very important, and even view jobs posted. Now I’m
gonna let Shaylah speak to you just for a moment about the Wounded Warrior Project.
Thanks again, Chad. The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)
and Paralyzed Veterans of America, (PVA) are two excellent advocacy groups
to support in your job search. PVA represents veterans with
spinal cord injury. PVA will send certified
rehabilitation counselors, even fly them if necessary, to job
sites at no cost to the employers, and conduct whatever
follow-up is needed. WWP represents veterans
with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. The
website allows employers to post jobs and review resumes from disabled
veterans across the nation. PVA and WWP can be
more useful than local employment offices in facilitating
searches beyond local regions. And Chad, I’m really glad that you talked about LinkedIn as a social media network. Some
of you may have been exposed to a DAV when you went through
TAP, but if not DAV, Disability- sorry- Disabled American Veterans, is a
non-profit charity dedicated to building better lives for America’s
disabled veterans and their families. Annually, the DAV represents more than
200,000 veterans and their dependents with claims for benefits for the
Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense. So,
connect with DAV through LinkedIn to learn more about how they can advocate for you.
Great. Thanks so much, Shaylah. Now, as an after student or alumni you have access to thousands of other
students and alumni around the country and the world. You can get connected in many ways
including networking events around the country. Ashford University regularly holds alumni
and current student networking events and these are a great way to connect
with past and present students as well as some
Ashford staff members. If you’re interested, you can find
a list of upcoming events and RSVP by going onto the alumni page
on the Ashford University website. Part 3: The Job Search So. Once you’ve identified the right
career path, set your goals, done your research, and
connected with a big network, you should begin identifying the
jobs that you want to apply for. Developing the correct strategy for this
can very easily determine how quickly or how effectively you find a job. If
you search and apply for jobs incorrectly, you could potentially waste all of that
hard work that you’ve put into it this point. Hopefully, you have a winning
resume and that’s a whole other presentation in and of itself, and
you’re ready to hit the pavement. You should be feeling pretty confident
by this point but there are a few questions that still need to be answered. Are there better ways than
others to search for jobs? Will my resume ever get seen?
And, will I have to start at the bottom? I’d like you to take a minute and
review this comparison. Typically, people look for jobs in the wrong
way. Employers do use internet want ads but not nearly as much as you would think.
By changing how you look for jobs you’ll be opening yourself up to
a much broader range of careers and connecting with employers in
different ways. Getting into direct contact with employers is a way that can separate you
from your competition and expose you to jobs that you
may not ever be able to find online. The tendency for some job seekers
is to use online job search engines such as Monster, CareerBuilder and Indeed as the
sole method for searching for jobs. For some it can work out, and yet
for most this leads to frustration as countless resumes and applications
end up in that black hole. Using the sites can be the easiest
way to search because it’s convenient and you can do it from home, but it’s
not necessarily the most effective. Now, we’re not recommending that you
abandon these sites altogether, but to limit yourself and to
utilize some of those other methods as well. If you
do search online for positions, also search on the actual
company or organization’s website in their career posting section.
What are some ideas for other effective searches?
Career fairs are a great way to meet employers
face to face, rather than just online. It can allow you to make the
kind of first impression that simply submitting a resume online cannot. Often, career fairs are put on by
several different companies and can be general career fairs or specific to an industry.
Larger companies will sponsor their own career fairs, as well. Now there are military and veteran specific
job fairs that are out there and usually with large defense
companies and military friendly companies on-hand. Most recruiters that represent these
companies are veterans themselves and they’re very familiar with,
the skills and abilities that you could potentially bring to the job. Now a word of advice though: when going to a career fair make sure
that you dress for success, and bring several copies of your resume.
Treat a job fair just like you would a job interview. Over the last few years there
have been several initiatives set up to help veterans and veterans with
disabilities gain employment. They’re simply too many to cover for
each of these programs which it’s just why I wanted to highlight a few, but I
have included information on the handouts Each of these programs is set up
to help veterans network with employers, gain education or train. Also check
out the Veterans Affairs either online or your local branch.
They have links to many helpful employment resources. At this time, I’m gonna have Shaylah come
back on and talk to you a little bit about vocational rehabilitation. Thanks again, Chad. Vocational
rehabilitation is a very- it’s very specific to your individual state, but here are some services that
you may be able to access, if eligible. Vocational counseling,
vocational and other training including on the job
training, reader services, services to assist students with
disabilities to transition from school to work, rehabilitation
technology services and devices, supported employment services,
job placement services, So, I highly recommend that you
contact your local vocational rehabilitation counselor to understand if you are eligible
and how they can support you. If you have a service connected disability,
I encourage you to research Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment,
VRNE, Vet Success Program. These services can support in
assisting in finding a job including the use of special employer
incentives and job accommodations,
on-the-job training, independent living services for veterans
unable to work due to the severity of their disabilities. And much more. So check
out these resources at the end of the presentation for more information. Thanks again, Chad, for having me.
Yeah. Great. Thank you, Shaylah, that’s definitely a good resource to have. Now remember,
if you’ve found something helpful, or you have a question, I do encourage
you to utilize the Q&A feature or change your status color
using the feedback buttons. Moving on, some
other ideas to consider, using a temporary or placement
agency may be another way to go Temp agencies have contracts with
different companies and corporations that use the agency to fill temporary or sometimes
permanent staffing needs. This can be a way to double
your job search efforts, especially if you’re in need
of employment quickly. Additionally, it’s often a good way to
get your foot into the door of a company and it’s a chance to show off those
skills and abilities of yours. On the downside, however, most temporary
employees won’t qualify for medical and other company benefits. And, it is also not a guarantee
of permanent employment. Another method that we
highly recommend is to reach out and set up
an informational interview. You can do this while you are
researching companies, in addition, and also the positions. If you’ve never heard
of this term, it’s basically a job shadow for a position then you would likely apply for
or would like to learn more about. It’s a great way for you to learn
more about the position, the company and the culture. It’s also
a great way for them to learn about you. So, be prepared. Although it is less
formal than an actual interview, you’re still being interviewed
whether you realize it or not. It’s shows a potential employer
that you have initiative and the ability to reach
out and form a relationship. And, that can be exactly what they’re
looking for in a candidate down the road. Before we wrap up, I wanna remind
you that Ashford offers career services and support particularly for our
military students. You can visit Ashford’s military page on
Facebook and see what’s going on, or watch previous webinars
posted on the Career Services playlist on Youtube. I hope this
information has not only been informative for you, but I also hope
it has encouraged you to do some thinking and strategizing about
your career search. So. Just to recap, at the end of this presentation
I’m going to be posting a series of links to many of the organizations and
websites I shared with you in today’s presentation, to help you continue
to do research toward making a career transition. And before we open the floor to
questions, I’d like to, finish up with a few of these
poll questions, once again. So, which of the following methods
for searching for jobs would be least effective? Through a temporary employment
agency, networking using LInkedIn, waiting for employers to call you, researching job openings
on company websites. Good. It looks like most
of you definitely have been paying attention. Waiting for employers to call you? Not
necessarily the most effective way. We definitely recommend using
some of those other methods. Okay, so our next question. Which
of the following skills would be least useful for most civilian jobs? Attention to detail,
explosives handling, teamwork, or self discipline? I think most of you are right on with this
one. Explosives handling is a great skill in the military, but for the civilian
world that might not be one of the top skills needed. And our last question here… Which website is helpful in translating
military jobs into civilian occupations? Craigslist, Youtube, Careerbuilder or O-NET Online? And great job for those of you
who are selecting O-NET Online. I do wanna mention and reiterate that O-NET really is a fantastic website
and it’s definitely helped me with career searches, and researching different occupational titles,
so I do highly recommend that you use O-NET and the ‘My Next Move’ feature. Here’s the list of resources that we’ve
covered during this presentation. In addition, you have a few handouts that
you can download by clicking on the icon located on the upper right hand
toolbar on your screen. This icon looks like three
pages stuck together. You will find a resource
page, a career roadmap, and a skills inventory. Now, I’m
challenging you all to download the skills inventory and
complete this workshop. This will help you to begin taking
inventory of the skills you possess and of those skills, which ones you
are most interested in. Now be intentional about researching
jobs that line up with the skills that you, that you put down there. I wanna say, thank you all
for being an attentive audience and also thank you to Shaylah Bishop for
contributing the resources for veterans with disabilities.
Definitely want to advocate going onto the
Facebook page, the Ashford Military Facebook page,
and ‘liking’ us. And then you can also find- you can also find us at the email addresses listed right there. So, if
you do have questions that we weren’t able to cover today you can certainly email us. And I also
want to see all those skills inventory sheets coming in too, so we can
actually see what skills you’re interested in
and how your career search is going. So, it looks like we do still
have a few minutes to answer questions. Thank you for joining us.
We’re gonna go ahead take some of those. Okay, the first one is a
little more challenging, so I wanna let you know that. A student asked,
“I was an ammunitions specialist. Will I have a hard time finding a job?”
Oh, that’s a great question. I actually- I worked with ammunition
when I was in the Navy, too. If you’re looking for something
specifically to do with ammunition, it might
be tough because civilian employers don’t necessarily
work with ammunition. However, I’m sure that along the way in the military you picked up a lot of different skills
or collateral duties that you had in the military are also really good to use. If you were
a work center supervisor or a platoon leader or, whatever
that title was, utilize that. You might just find that that you can use that in a civilian career. I
definitely recommend going onto My Next Move and typing in your MOS or your rate and seeing what comes out
of that. Or type in, rates or MOS’s that are similar to
the one that you have. You’re gonna find it. And they’ve
done a really good job of compiling other skills besides
maybe the ammunition part of it to help you out.
I know when I typed in my rate, some of the things that came out
were training and supervising and managing, which didn’t have anything to do with the specific
rate but it helped in, in finding a job. Great, we have another question.
Good. A student asks, “If I graduate with a
Masters in Management and I’m leaving the military soon,
what kind of jobs should I look into?” Well management jobs, I would say. I mean, that would be kind of, the
easiest way to look. Now, I do wanna let you know that it’s not guaranteed that
just because you were a manager in the military and just because you
have a management degree, that that would necessarily
translate into a management position. Often
companies do like to hire from within. So you may have to
take a, a step back to start. The good news is that
being in the military you- you’re gonna show off.
You’re gonna have the ability to move up the
ranks of the company just because you possess those skills
that are gonna make you shine and are gonna make you the team player
and self discipline and leadership. One piece of advice I would give you, is
do some self assessments. Figure out what kind of a management
role you could- you could be in and figure out
where, where your strengths definitely apply.
So that when you go to different companies and you’re
researching different companies, you can be confident in saying,
“My strengths are in this area, and I have this Masters in Management,
and I have this military background.” It really does make for an
all star resume. If you have any questions about self-assessment, please email us. We
can do that for our students and alumni, So, we’d love to see what you could come up with.
Okay, our next question: “Will there be an Ashford representative
available if you need help with your job search?” Oh absolutely! Yeah. That’s what we’re here for in Career
Services. You can utilize that inbox. We’ll definitely-
Some of the things that we can do are- we’ll take a look at your resume.
We can do a critique with that. We can look at some of the ways
that you’ve been searching for jobs previously.Maybe there’s some different
techniques that you can use Yeah, we’ll, we’ll definitely be here to help you.
K, our next question. How do we articulate our military
experience on our resume? That’s a very, very good question. And it’s,
probably singularly the biggest stumbling block for military
as they transition out. The first thing I would do, I would
recommend, is download that skills inventory.
Start looking at that. It’s a list of probably 140 different skills. When you’re in a technical rate
in the military you, tend to think, “I only do two or three
things,” but you’d be surprised. Go through that skills inventory and start checking off ones that you’ve done, and you’d be surprised. O-NET Online
and the My Next Move feature a great way to also do that. When you
click on an occupational title it has those skills listed, so feel free
to utilize some of those. You can put those on your resume if you’ve
done it. It’s also a great way to start considering other occupations. Great. Another question:
When should I call a potential employer to follow up on a resume that I submitted? Oh, that’s a great question. There’s no real hard and
fast answer to that. I would say, probably what’s
appropriate is within two to three days, Maybe sometimes even
within the week. Tamara, what do you think? I would say generally, a week within of
the time that you submitted it, I would follow up. If you’ve had an interview,
ask them what the follow up time is. If they say they’d get back to you in a couple
weeks, then two weeks later I would follow up. I wouldn’t follow up within a week if they said
it’s gonna be a couple weeks, but generally a week within the time that
they said they would contact you. Great, and if you haven’t heard back from
them, I would say give it a week. Just try to, try to get in touch
maybe with the HR department at a company, but great question.
‘Kay, we have another question. “I’ve never had a civilian job
interview. How do I prepare for the interview?” Oh, that’s such a great question.
It can be tough. Especially, you don’t interview
to go into the military so you might not know, all the basics
and the fundamentals of doing an interview. One- a couple resources that we have- we’ve
done another webinar similar to this one on interviewing techniques. Thats on the on Career Services
YouTube playlist. There’s also some quick little videos, if you go onto the Career
Services page on the Ashford website, that are really helpful. We can always definitely help you here
at Career Services. If you wanna get touch with one of us, we would- we can
set up a mock interview with you. Just to give you kind of a brief heads up: you’re gonna wanna figure
out and dress professionally. Suits, especially for men, and ladies, a suit to wear. You wanna be on time. You wanna be
prepared. And one thing I would highly, highly recommend is, think about
some of the questions that you could potentially field and be well versed in those. Practice.
Do it in front of a mirror. Have somebody help you. Have one
of us in Career Services help you. Cause the one thing that’s
gonna set you apart is when you go in to an interview that
you’re more prepared than everybody else. And, we’ll
definitely help you with that. I just wanted to add that I think
it’s really important to also do your research on the company, itself,
Absolutely. And develop questions about that. Because
that also separates you from the rest of the candidates because it shows that you have
passion and an interest in that particular organization.
Yeah, and research the position as well. If you’re applying for a position, the employer wants to know that you can fit
that particular position, so do your research on the company, the culture, and the position
if you can. But, great question. Okay, great. We have three different
questions that are gonna have similar answers but I’m gonna go ahead and
read the three in a row. Sure. “Where can I send my resume for review?”
“Can we continue using Ashford Career Services after we graduate?” And – “Are all Ashford
students able to work with a Career Specialist?” Fantastic question, and
good news on all of those. So, we not only work with current
students. We do work with alumni. And the other thing I would recommend
is check out an alumni event if you’ve already graduated.
Check out one of those. But, we do work with pretty
much everybody that wants to download a resume. You do have to be a
degree-seeking student. So, if you’re just in it for
one class, that wouldn’t give you access. But, yeah, we work with anybody who wants to
download a resume and, and work with a Career Services Specialist. Okay, another question:
“Could the length of time since I’ve used my skills from the military affect my job search?” Oh, that’s a good question. I’m assuming,
or I’m guessing that question means that you’ve been out of
the military for a while and that you’ve worked in the
civilian world for a while or even been unemployed for a while, and
now you’re getting back into the job search. That depends. That’s definitely gonna depend. If you’re- if you worked with
computers or software in the military, a lot of that might
go out of date. So, it may not be what you
wanna lead with, but again, just for being in the military
you kinda get those out-of-the box type skills that
you just get to put on- on a resume.
And I would highlight those. When you do apply for
civilian jobs, if you’ve had a civilian employer before, see
how you can blend the the civilian work experience with your
military work experience and highlight your education as well.
Tammy, do you want add anything to that? No, I think- That covered it up? Okay.
That’s kind of a difficult question without getting too specific. But if you have been out of the
military for a while, I would still put it on your resume.
I would still- it’s very valuable. Yeah, Chad, I’ll just add… Even if
it’s something you used a long time ago definitely, Chad mentioned
the computer skills, they might be be a little outdated, but even if
it’s something you’ve done a long time ago, with a little education or with a- being
introduced to it again, it may come back to you rather quickly. Versus somebody who doesn’t have
any experience at all. So, I wouldn’t negate those skills. You may wanna grab a book and read
a book on some of those skills that maybe you haven’t used in a while.
You may want to volunteer in an area area where you can brush up on those
skills. So, something you can do to brush up on those skills.
through volunteer or part time work work, or on you’re own, that’d be a great idea. Good point. Good point.
OK, we have another question. “Will you have resume classes
specifically for military?” That is a good question.
You know, we’ll take- if you just wanna submit your
resume, we’ll definetely work one-on-one with you.There’s also, going back to another webinar that we’ve done, it’s called, ‘Creating a Winning Resume’, I would say, being in the military and
transitioning into a civilian career, it does add a specific dynamic and you do wanna,
you know, pay attention to how to translate military
skills into civilian skills, but by in large, the fundamentals
of writing a resume are gonna be similar. And you really should start thinking like a
civilian if you’re transitioning into the civilian world, anyway. So, I would check that out. It’s
about a- it’s a three-part video series on YouTube. And, I would say it’s what, maybe forty minutes?
Thirty minutes. Thirty minutes, but that’s some
great fundamentals. But regardless, we- Oh! That’s another good
point.There is an ex-military resume, or a military-to-civilian
transition resume that’s highlighted in that webinar.
It’s fantastic. So, I really do encourage you to do that.
But, if you’d like to just submit your resume to us,
we’d be more than happy to help. Okay we have, a couple of the
different questions are very specific about the years of
experience being enlisted. Okay, good. And also,
ten years as an officer. I’d say for any of those individuals who have specific
questions where they wanna know “Based on my experience,
where can I go?” “How many years should I have
in the service?” Definitely, let’s take time to have a one-on-one
appointment with you, so we can really delve deeper into your experience and how
you can apply that to your job search. Cause it’d be a little bit difficult online to try
and talk about your specific situation, without asking you more questions
about what you’ve done in the past, where you wanna go. So, for any of
you who answered questions or put in the questions about your individual
experience, please email us at [email protected] and Chad would be happy to schedule
an appointment with you or one of our other specialists to help you out one-on-one on where you
can go and what you can look into. Alright, thanks Tamara. Again, I would just
want to say thank you to everyone for, attending.

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