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    Update your Veterans networking tool kit.
    It goes without saying that updating your resume is the first thing you should do when you are looking for a new position. But be sure that you update all of your networking tools as you embark upon your job search. Develop and practice a new personal tag line that reflects your experience and expertise, as well as the type of positions, companies and industries you are targeting. You need to be able to introduce yourself in a confident, compelling manner even without a job title and employer. I also suggest you create a polished personal business card that includes your email address, cell phone number and professional online profiles on sites such as LinkedIn.

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    Keep your network in the loop
    Don't burn your Veteran's bridges by failing to follow-up. You should not only thank those, who have helped you, for their time and advice, you should keep them apprised of your job search. If you do utilize their advice or contacts, let them know. And when you do find a new job, be sure to give your new contact information to everyone in your network.
    In order to be truly effective, networking should be a way of life, as opposed to a sporadic strategy that is only followed when you have a specific or urgent need. If you have taken the time to build your network and your personal brand before you really need them, you will find them to be tremendous assets when you do. Networking can indeed lead you to your next job, whether you are out of work or simply looking for a better opportunity. The key is to prepare now by building relationships and a good reputation.

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Network into Hidden Returning Veteran's Jobs

  • Without a clear target, type of job and industry, your resume and other career marketing materials will be too generic, and won’t help qualify you in the minds of those assessing you or attract them to you as a . And, if you can’t succinctly describe what kind of job you want, you won’t be able to explain to your network how they can help you.

  • Don’t worry that these companies may not be advertising veterans jobs anywhere. You’re going to network your way into their hidden jobs, remember?

  • But things have changed drastically in the past several years. Jobs aren’t as likely to just “come to you”. You may not be in demand with veteran's recruiters the way you were in the past.
  • The following tips will put you on the right path

★ Keep in mind that networking is about being genuine and authentic, building trust and relationships, and seeing how you can help others.

Ask yourself what your goals are in participating in networking meetings so that you will pick groups that will help you get what you are looking for. Some meetings are based more on learning, making contacts, and/or volunteering rather than on strictly making business connections.

★ Visit as many groups as possible that spark your interest. Notice the tone and attitude of the group. Do the people sound supportive of one another? Does the leadership appear competent? Many groups will allow you to visit two times before joining.

★ Hold volunteer positions in veteran organizations. This is a great way to stay visible and give back to groups that have helped you.

★ Ask open-ended questions in networking conversations. This means questions that ask who, what, where, when, and how as opposed to those that can be answered with a simple yes or no. This form of questioning opens up the discussion and shows listeners that you are interested in them.

★ Become known as a powerful resource for others. When you are known as a strong resource, people remember to turn to you for suggestions, ideas, names of other people, etc. This keeps you visible to them.

★ Have a clear understanding of what you do and why, for whom, and what makes your doing it special or different from others doing the same thing. In order to get referrals, you must first have a clear understanding of what you do that you can easily articulate to others.

★ Be able to articulate what you are looking for and how others may help you. Too often people in conversations ask, "How may I help you?" and no immediate answer comes to mind.

★ Call those you meet who may benefit from what you do and vice versa. Express that you enjoyed meeting them, and ask if you could get together and share ideas.

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From how to make your Twitter presence employer friendly to what new grads should include in their LinkedIn profile.

Getting established on LinkedIn can be tough when you don't have work or industry contacts: For people just graduating or veterans, LinkedIn is a pretty barren area. With little experience and no work contacts (because they have been studying, or veterans protecting our country) it's hard, a bit bewildering, and I think it's very easy for people who have been in work for years to forget that. I was still at university when Facebook started - yes I am that old - and I remember the buzz there was around it. I didn't go onto LinkedIn until I was about to leave the military, because I didn't see the relevancy. I recommend it now, but I know how it feels and I sympathise with those who feel they have nothing to add to their profile on there. Of course what they need to do is get on there and add their veterans skills - and any experience they can muster - and jump in, but it's often not that easy.

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    Veterans Reach out to friends and colleagues
    It's not easy for anyone to ask for help. But you will need help to make your career transition, so try to become comfortable with reaching out to your veteran's network. After all, you have taken the time to build these relationships, so now is the time to leverage them. Also remember that most people actually like to help others – it makes them feel good. Keep in mind, however, that if you do meet someone with a good network, be respectful that it is their network (not yours) and do not simply expect them to introduce you to important people that they know. Be thankful to anyone who talks with you about your quest. People are more likely to help someone who is genuinely appreciative than someone who simply expects others to help. Even if you don't think that you got anything immediate or tangible from a meeting, be appreciative that someone gave you the gift of their time and experience.

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