Interviewing

Your Biggest Weakness: the Dreaded Interview Probe

I recently stumbled upon an article posted on Yahoo Hotjobs by Maria Hanson for LiveCareer that not only imparted valuable career search advice, but made me laugh as well. If you are preparing for a military to civilian transition or embarking on a post-military job search, chances are you could use a good laugh. So… Read more »

Volunteering Brings New Contacts to Military Job Seekers

Volunteering brings new contacts, skill sets, and opportunities for work experience to transitioning military job seekers. If you’re looking for work, consider volunteering as an integral part of your job-search strategy. Consider the benefits: Volunteering looks great on a military resume. It compensates for gaps in your work history while you are transitioning from the… Read more »

Military Bearing: Interview Friend or Foe?

Recently, the Fist Full of Talent blog posted a topic on “How Recruiters Can Get Comfortable in Interviews with Veterans”.  I found it extremely interesting that a blog for “Recruiters, HR, Consultants, and Corporate Types” offered advice to interviewers on how to properly interpret military bearing.  The following is an excerpt: “The problem is that… Read more »

Personal Information: Off Limits? How to Handle Illegal Interview Questions

Questions regarding religion, race, sexual preference, age, children, and disability should be off the table when it comes to interviewing in corporate America. Some government job openings may prohibit the hiring of certain persons based on gender, age, and disability, but chances are you will not make it to the interview process if you fall… Read more »

Age discrimination on the rise in tough times: How to prevent it

While illegal and unethical, age discrimination exists in today’s job market. In fact, surveys say that age discrimination rises when times are tough. Because the largest percentage of its clients is preparing to retire from the military, MilitaryResumes.com is particularly sensitive to the plight of a more seasoned military job seeker. You can’t change cultural… Read more »

Veteran Job Boards: Another Weapon in Your Arsenal

On January 30, 2009, a veteran posted the following on the transition stories blog on www.military.com: “I ended up paying more than $400 to help find me a job and to no avail. I was now out $400 and no job. So I continued to look on my own… I received a call stating that… Read more »

Offer Letters

The letter of offer is the final step in the interview process. It follows compensation negotiations and signals to both the company and the new employee to cease searching. You can also think of the letter as a tangible form of trust designed to lay out the ground rules and prevent distractions during the pivotal… Read more »

Closing the interview

Military.com recently posted an article by Carole Martin, Monster Contributing Editor, entitled Successfully Closing the Interview. Interviewing can be an uncomfortable process for some and as far as awkwardness is concerned, closing the deal takes the cake. Ms. Martin’s take on closing an interview is particularly interesting because she walks her audience through tailoring a… Read more »

Translating military experience – profits vs. budgets

Military.com recently posted a “Real Transition Story” that accurately reflects a chief concern of many of the transitioning military job seekers I come in contact with on a daily basis. Of particular note is the following comment: “I think the most difficult part of transitioning is putting military experience into civilian terms. Civilians don’t understand… Read more »

Interviewers: The Good & The Bad

Interviewers are like weed killers.  They come in many different packages, but they all kind of do the same thing: they attempt to select the right person for the job.  But first they must reduce the pool of qualified candidates through the interviewing process.  Understanding how the interviewers’ mind works will help you survive the… Read more »