The market is crummy—if you are reading this and have a job, I am sure that you are grateful. If you are on the market, you are probably nodding, and sadly.
This past February, the company I work for launched a volunteer effort to mentor one segment of the population that is hurting badly—veterans returning from theater. I offered to lead the module for re-crafting resumes. Of course, a resume by itself is insufficient—the best it can do is get you an interview. But that’s a start!
Having now met a score of people with skills, leadership drive, and serious technical chops—only a few of whom have found work in the civilian sector—I’ve dug into what’s available to them online as guidance. Some of the advice is woeful, but some is fantastic, and that’s what you’ll find here.
Like many corporations, my company works with recruiters, and I tossed a couple of these fantastic resources at one of them last week to validate the counsel. The response was highly positive, so I want to share:
1. Liz Ryan runs a company out of Boulder, Colorado, called Human Workplace. She writes regular columns for LinkedIn and Forbes and offers free resources, all of which I use with clients to good purpose. Consider starting here, with one of my favorite posts on how to write dragon-slaying stories for your resume and cover letters: http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2014/07/17/how-to-tell-dragon-slaying-stories-on-a-job-interview/
2. Danny Rubin writes a similar type of column called News to Live By: http://www.newstoliveby.net. Ms Ryan writes to the public at large, with some tilt toward experienced professionals. Mr. Rubin targets people out of college, in their first or second jobs. Frank, funny, and helpful, his advice is as sound as hers. The point of this particular post is not just to pass along links that you could have found on your own. It’s to show you that that you can make the advice pay off for you by working with a coach.
Words from the first vet who took advantage of the mentoring program: “I have offers from Dept of Navy, Booz Allen, CIS, and I'm still getting courted by other contractors for a variety of assignments. My civilian resume is evidently quite attractive. One of my former commanders wanted the word.doc version so he could cut and paste as he was very impressed with our efforts...and I'm very grateful..!”
Beautiful result, yes?