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Question from a Veteran about Job Searching


Erik Schlacter New York, NY

Good Morning AdvisorNet community! We have a question from a Veteran who is seeking advice when it comes to resources for finding employment for Veterans:

"I find there are a lot of opportunities for Veterans, however, access to those opportunities are not posted. What other resources are available besides the VA and the DOL?"

17 November 2016 5 replies Career Exploration



Jeanne Zembur Princeton, NJ

LinkedIn has a veterans specific information/benefits page at:

25 November 2016 Helpful answer


Michael Apt Bend, OR

A few dynamics appear that empower career, job seeking, veterans.

If you want something done, give it to a busy person. This means, however contradictory, having a job gets you a job, so get any old job which keeps you working, and provides networking opportunities also, (contact with the public) of the rarer kind. If you seek a job at some unapproachable, behemoth, company, get a lowly job nearby, where those working there frequent. This facilitates personal contacts with persons working there, even if a burger flipper, but also, a pawn shop or lawn maintenance service. This makes you able to keep your ear to the ground near where you may hear something about jobs, situations, at your ultimate place of employment, plus your body and muscle memory remain primed for a full time career job, positioning you geographically for your actual employment goal.

Once you get comfortable in a job you aren't excited about, don't let yourself become complacent merely because you need the money. While working at the less desired job, entrust yourself to build dollars, food, clothing, means, so you can persistently seek other, more optimal, presumably better paid, employment while employed, and afterwards, also.

17 November 2016 Helpful answer


Joe Nora Peoria, IL

Hey Erik - If you're not on Linkedin ( would highly encourage you to set up a profile. There are a ton of recruiters that look at this location for jobs to fill.

17 November 2016 Helpful answer


Jedediah Smith Rockwall, TX

Good morning Erik,

I would suggest (if you haven't already) to find out what 5 companies in your area that you would most like to work for. Once you have done that go to the company's website and search careers and get an application in. Then if it is not listed on the website, go to the company's physical location, introduce yourself to a few people, let them know you are interested in beginning a career there, and ask them whom you should reach out to in order to get the ball rolling. This way you are not just another resume in a stack of resumes, you are a person and this will help you to get the interview.

17 November 2016 Helpful answer


Emanuel Carpenter Alpharetta, GA

But really, the best thing to do is to connect with potential hiring managers before jobs are posted. You can do this on LinkedIn or in person at networking events.

Tap into your personal network by sending your resume to the people you know who work at companies you want to work for. Employers love personal referrals.

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