I will call this “Part 1” of many posts about the different resources for military veterans that are available to all of us. I will not be discussing disability claims through the VA or anything medical in nature. I may get to that some day, but there are many different options for those who need help filing a disability claim. If you want my advice on this, send me an e-mail at email@example.com and I will point you in the right direction.
What I want to write about today is networking. Yes, networking, which is very important to everyone and the best way to go about finding a job, according to professionals and novices alike. Networking, I admit, does not come naturally to me in terms of professional networking. I love to catch up with old friends, flying buddies, classmates, but I do not feel comfortable using those networks to help with a job search. If you want to land that dream job with the company you would most like to work for, however, you have to get over that lack of comfort with using your military or veteran networks and ASK FOR HELP.
Yes, I know, we are all tough, stubborn and self-sufficient. We do not need pity or charity. I have that mentality too. But as veterans, we need to stick together. The private sector and even the government or contractor worlds are tough to crack. If you have a veteran “insider” who can vouch for you, you have a leg up on the competition.
So my advice for today, as simple as it may seem, is to first contact your friends and do not be afraid to ask for advice, information, or an introduction. If you know what you want and where you want to be, trust me when I tell you that you are already ahead of the game. A lot of us do not or did not know what we wanted to do or who we really wanted to work for when we left the service. If you know, then go for it. My first 2 jobs after I left the service were offered to me by fellow veterans. It is a powerful connection and can only lead to good things, if you make that veteran connection early in the job search game.