When you leave the military, the biggest question is "what's next?" It's a scary job market right now, but the skills you've received in the military make you highly marketable. The Legion sponsors dozens of veterans hiring fairs each year, and our employment experts also provide tips to writing resumes, networking and making a strong impression in the interview process.
More than 200 career coaches, counselors and résumé-writers recently met to define best practices and trends for 2011 and beyond. Here are some of their most critical tips for job-seekers: Your résumé n Today's résumé is lean and clean. Eliminate every unnecessary word and piece of information.
-Testimonials lend credibility. Copy one or two brief excerpts from your best evaluations, and make your résumé a standout.
-Graphics add power. Tastefully done, an icon, certification logo, shaded box or other visual adds depth and distinction.
-Write it to read it on a smart phone. Write short paragraphs, keep your bullets to one line, and add white space for readability. Job search n If you're not on LinkedIn, you don't exist.
-Contract, temporary and interim opportunities are soaring. 1099s are at the forefront, while W-2s are fading away.
-Vocational and skilled-trade jobs are in high demand. Openings abound for electricians, plumbers, welders, mechanics and related jobs. Not every great career requires a degree.
-Snail mail makes a comeback. As others upload their résumés, mail yours directly to a hiring manager and see what happens. To read all of the findings, visit www.careerthoughtleaders.com/whitepaper.
Wendy Enelow is co-author of "Expert Résumés for Military-to-Civilian Transitions" and "Executive Résumé Toolkit." http://www.wendyenelow.com