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Guidance for landing job interviews


Frank Sullivan Knoxville, TN


I am looking for guidance and advice when applying for jobs.

I have a pretty good resume, graduated #1 in my class at The Citadel and earned an MBA.

I’ve applied to over 60 jobs and have received a response from only 1.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

6 September 2019 6 replies Career Exploration



Vivek Vadakkuppattu Seattle, WA

A lot of good answers here. Another avenue is the veteran hiring initiatives at most large companies. Companies realize the immense experience, ethics and leadership veterans bring - depending on the company this could vary from something simple to an extensive program focused on recruiting veterans. Here are a few:
Please check these out. These initiatives in conjunction with some of the other suggestions should help

Good luck!


Gerald Mannikarote Houston, TX

Hi Frank,
Jo provided great insight. A blanket resume is not the best way to apply for jobs. You must narrow down your job search as she suggested.
I would like to add a couple of things:
1- tailor your resume to each application.
You may notice some key words in the job descriptions of the jobs you apply for. Try to include that in your resume before you send in your application.
2- meet more people.
Most successful job applicants get the job due to their network. Try to meet more people. Join your local Toastmaster, church groups, etc. Meet people and let them know your background and you are a veteran looking for work. You may find the right fit sooner than later.
I hope this helps.
Warm regards,


Jo Prabhu Long Beach, CA

Submitting a blanket resume to every job posting before a human gets to view your resume is not the best way to come up in a computer-generated key-word search.
I recently did a mock test by ‘ghosting’ myself and applied for 50 jobs with same resume. I received Zero calls back with the dreaded computer generated: ‘Thanks we will contact you if your experience and background meets our requirements’…

Then I changed tactics by narrowing my own search criteria and applied only for jobs based upon my career goals, location, type, size and age of company, their branding, Board of Directors, etc etc and also read each job description in detail to determine if it was a match. This time, I added a very personal cover letter in my own words on why I should be chosen.

I have since taken my ‘ghost’ resume down, but believe it or not, while I write this, I just received yet another email invitation for an initial conversation. So my own advice is this: A resume should be a testament to your skills and experience, plain and simple but its that very important cover letter about your personality, integrity, ability, dependability, your drive, achievements and why you will be their best Brand Ambassador both within and outside the company, that Recruiters like myself read first to determine who to respond to. I hope this helps.


Steven Mathews Spring, TX

I have a proven process for transforming your current resume into a Top 1% Resume. Historically, people who diligently followed the process received calls to set up an interview within 24-72 hours after submitting their application and resume. The process includes an example resume of BEFORE and AFTER for a former officer who submitted his BEFORE resume over several months with no responses. He acquired a Corporate-level position in a Fortune 500 company 1 week after he submitted his application and AFTER resume. Same person, same skills, a better marketing approach.


Jim Schreier Milwaukee, WI

Without seeing your resume, I won't jump to criticize. BUT, are you sure your resume is strong?? Does it emphasize your ACCOMPLISHMENTS? Unfortunately, there's a lot of evidence that most resumes are weak. There are some very common mistakes that everyone makes -- and military seem to have some unique challenges. I've written a few articles on this site about it -- and I'll gladly take a look at your resume for you.


Henry ("Dr. Hank") Stevens Fort Lauderdale, FL

OUCH! That stings the ego . . . . What to do? It is all about 1 - target(you!) presentation and 2 - emphasizing your TALENTS.

Sending out a resume is the longest shot there is. Get some face-time with those who are successfully doing what you want to do. Is there a professional association of those folk? Do they have meetings? Ask for an "informational interview" with someone who is doing what you want to do.

And speaking of doing what you want to do, do you know what that really is? Have you discovered and can enumerate your talents? If so - great! Play to those talents because PEOPLE WILL DO WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO DO WHEN WHAT THEY DO IS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. What do YOU want to do?

Here is the link to Carl Jung's assessment (MBTI). This will help define YOUR talents. You'll need to record the letter and percentage associated with each for an analysis. There is also a kind of vocational interpretation on the site - I have my own. This one is free.

If you would like a hand with its interpretation, please feel free to communicate directly with me at

Good luck!

Dr. Hank

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