Word War I ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918. Because of this we set aside November 11th to honor the men and women who have served in all branches of the United States Military.
In my first book, Get the Job • Done!, I penned an open letter to our veterans. This letter included useful tips on how to seek employment once your service has been completed. Some of the most useful tips include:
- Take a deep breathe. Clear your mind for the journey ahead.
- Do not get discouraged.
- Do not limit yourself in networking. Talk to everyone.
- Do not underestimate face-to-face contact. Someone may introduce you to someone who can introduce you to someone else.
- Let people know that you want and need help.
- Use Google searches to see who is hiring veterans. It may take several attempts to gather enough information for you to use. Sample search words are “who is hiring veterans.”
- Incorporate the reasons why an employer should hire a veteran into your cover letter and resume.
- Do not forget to send thank you emails and to follow up. Even if the encounter was not productive, still say thank you and still follow up.
Today’s veteran should always remember that you are already a desirable candidate because of your training, your professional appearance, your respect for authority, and your can do / will do attitude.
“It does not take a hero to order a man or woman into battle. It takes a hero to go into battle.” General H. Norman Schwartzkopf.
Do not ever forget that you are a hero!