4 Things NOT To Do When Not Working

There are plenty of articles online that offer tips on what to do during your job search. This piece is written with a focus on what not to do instead. Consider these fail points that could prove detrimental to your progress if you don’t attack them head-on. Here are 4 things NOT to do when not working:

  1. Neglect Filing for Unemployment Benefits: if you’re eligible, don’t forget to go file as soon as possible. Unemployment benefits ensure that you have at least some basic resources available for conducting a successful job search. You’ll need the money for transportation, keeping your phone account connected, and getting properly caffeinated. Swallow your pride and go stand in that line. The customer service will probably be horrible, but having no cash flow at all is much worse
  2. Forget to Notify Your Student Loan Provider: whenever you’re experiencing a financial hardship such as unemployment, you can defer your student loans. This helps protect you from penalties and late fees accumulating. Forgetting to submit your request would be ruinous to your credit and sanity
  3. Avoid Seeking Help: don’t put yourself on an island of self-inflicted pity if you’ve been involuntarily separated from your job. We all fall on hard times in life, so find people that empathize with and relate to your circumstances. A bit of help along the way could expedite your recovery efforts
  4. Vent and Complain on Social Media: one of the worst things you can do is get online and run your digital yap about the negative aspects of your situation. You’ll come off as disgruntled, bitter, and as a problem that potential employers won’t want to deal with. Venting and complaining are what friends and drinks are for. I know we all feel we have a point to prove when we’ve been wronged, but airing it out on social media will almost always backfire

I advise treating your job search efforts like a part-time gig. Schedule specific hours and establish a daily routine. Finding your next great opportunity might not come easy, so don’t take it easy with how you hunt.

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3 Ways To Help Jobs Find You

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It’s easy to find a plethora of job openings posted online to submit applications for. What’s challenging is getting certain of those job opportunities to find you amongst a very competitive global pool of candidates. To resolve at least some of the challenges, here are 3 ways to help jobs and the recruiters posting them to find you:

  1. Enable LinkedIn to share with recruiters that you’re open to new opportunities. If you’re currently employed and don’t want to tip off your boss or colleagues that you’re seeking something new, LinkedIn has you covered by taking great measures to NOT show your current company that you’re open.
  2. Share your full profile with the job poster on LinkedIn when you’re taken off of LinkedIn to submit an application. This greatly increases your chance to be viewed by whoever posted the job opportunity. While you’re at it, you might as well send a brief InMail to the job poster and get their attention more expediently. Your message should basically read as a one-paragraph cover letter (don’t forget to attach a copy of your resume).
  3. Get and stay active in your local community. You never know who may be available to share pertinent information or even to hire you directly as a result of your contributions and hard work in a shared cause. Keep a few copies of your resume handy, and always behave professionally since you don’t know who’s who among the crowd initially. Get involved with something you genuinely care about, or else you’ll come off as just an opportunist.

5 Great Benefits of Hiring Veterans

Job-seeking military veterans are ultra-competitive candidates. They have proven track records and in-demand skill sets. Sometimes their value gets lost in translation, but here you’ll find some of the crystal clear benefits for recruiting and hiring them.

Currently, there are many commendable initiatives advocating for the hiring of military veterans. I greatly appreciate every organization and individual concerned with the interests of our country’s transitioning service members. However, as a military veteran myself, I’d like to turn the tables and focus on how hiring military veterans is a lucrative move for companies across every industry. Here are just five of the many amazing benefits of hiring veterans:

1. CAPABLE CHANGE AGENTS

Change can be challenging and is often met with resistance But there are people out there who know how to both embrace and implement change. Those people are often veterans. They are going to ask the tough questions, intent on truly understanding the coming changes so that they can be an active and impactful contributor to the overall transformation. They will also support the change leader(s)’s vision and they will help to communicate it to other team members. They will act with patience, as they have been through many changes throughout their time spent in a military uniform.

2. PEER-TO-PEER ACCOUNTABILITY

Military veterans are excellent at keeping themselves and those around them on track. Integrity, order, and discipline all play a factor here, which are some of the greatest attributes of veterans. As a current Operations Manager with over 50 employees I am responsible for, I find that high levels of peer-to-peer accountability coincide with high levels of morale. Not only will veterans be very vocal in identifying non-compliance, they will also offer support in correcting any issues…

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