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I am looking for any advice to help the job search process. I retired April 01, 2019 and the process has not gone as fast as I thought it would.


Shane Howell Merritt Island, FL

Since I retired I have been looking for my next career. I do honestly believe that my resume was getting in my way at first. I sought help in getting that fixed and I believe that issue is fixed now. I am located near Cape Canaveral, Florida. I have been applying to jobs in Quality Assurance, Process Improvement, Facility Management and Project Management. I feel like I am going in too many different directions instead of picking one or two potential career tracks to focus on. Any insight on this would be very helpful. I have also been told that many of the companies I have been applying to will not hire unless I know people that work there, Examples are Northrup Grumman, Blue Origin, Space X, L3 Harris and so on. I am looking for any potential ideas to get through that potential screening method as well. I am extremely motivated to find work and get back to being a productive member of a team again. Thank You in advance for any constructive criticism or ideas you might have to smooth my job search journey.

1 October 2019 5 replies Career Exploration



Patrick Motherway, CPA New York, NY

Joining industry specific professional organizations is a great way to get to know people and the current issues facing that industry. People involved with these organizations may be willing to offer advice or let you know of potential job opportunities. Joining an organization also offers talking points during an interview and having it on your resume may set you apart from other candidates who are applying for the same position.


Steven Mathews Spring, TX

While it is better to focus on one industry position, I have a proven process that allows you to target your resume to different positions.

Companies love to hire people who are recommended by current employees. The employee is putting their reputation on the line by recommending you. Consequently, they are going to be very careful who they recommend. Becoming part of a LinkedIn group, or a local Networking group, will provide you with the exposure whereby an individual will have confidence in recommending you.

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Susana Moraga Hayward, CA

Thank you for your service.
Your resume is a living marketing tool, you don't just do it once, tailoring it to the particular positions you are applying to is key.
Hopefully you have searched this site as well for advisors/contacts in companies you are pursuing.
Definitely follow-up with the Linkedin suggestion Rex suggested; you can search for how to find people as well as using the Groups to identify people and request informational interviews.
Good luck


Robert Lamaster Meridian, ID

One other avenue that you may want to consider is to become an active part of online-based or local professional groups in your desired field. One source would be LinkedIn groups. Unfortunately, many people stop at just joining the group. However, if you do a little research into their members, you can find people who work in the associated industries and strike-up a conversation. People generally like to help others, and you may get your foot in the door by being a present and active member.


Rex Conger Gilbert, SC

I'll be glad to help you.

First - I would not suggest you NOT limit your potential work opportunities - also never "self eliminate" (not apply because you think you "might not" have the skills or experience a organization "might" be looking for.

Next - make sure that your resume and cover letter directly demonstrate the skills and experience that are required for each position you are applying for. (Do a revised resume/cover letter for each position you are interested in.)

Depending on organization you can also consider volunteering (thru Human resources) to do a non-paid internship. That way they get to know you and you get to know the organization.

Best wishes - if I can be of further help - just let me know.

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