Recently, Janet Farley began updating her book, “Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Guide: The Essential Job Search Handbook for Service Members,” for a new edition.  As a part of that process, she interviewed Craig Griffin, SVP Operations, Bradley-Morris, Inc. (BMI), regarding what military job seekers should know about working with a military recruiting firm. An excerpt from the interview is below:

Janet: What are the benefits to using a military placement firm over conducting a self search?

Craig: There are 3 key benefits to working with a military placement firm: preparation, exposure, and guidance.

Preparation

A military placement/recruiting firm should be able to fully prepare you for all aspects of the job search including:

  • Professional resume preparation
  • Resources to educate you on the different types of jobs available in Corporate America and the ability to match your skill set to the type of jobs that are a fit for you.
  • Thorough coaching for the entire interview process

Exposure

  • Military placement firms have deep relationships with companies from all over the world.  They are actively marketing the skills of military-experienced talent – your skills – to companies every day. The reputable firms are viewed as solution providers for clients who have the need and desire to acquire military talent.
  • The top firms should function as a personal advocate for you. Candidates should not feel as if they are being left to reside in a database wondering if a real person has ever even seen their resume after submitting it through a web portal.
  • The sheer volume of opportunities that a leading military placement firm can expose a job seeker to will most likely dwarf what they could produce with only their own efforts. For example, BMI represents over 4,000 clients, and we have our finger on the pulse of their most current position needs, some that are not even being advertised to the public.

Guidance

  • You should expect guidance through the entire process to help you accomplish the ultimate (and only) goal in the job search process: Finding the job that YOU want. Accepting an offer for a job you are not really excited about is a surefire way to ensure you’ll be repeating the whole job search process earlier that you would wish. Any agency worth its salt will work until both parties are sure they’ve found a good fit.

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