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What recommendations do you have for people who are restarting and entering the job market after leaving an 10+ year career at one company.

Veteran

Sam Nelson Mableton, GA

I have recently been discharged from an organization after a 10+ year career as an information systems specialist in the higher education industry. Right now higher education industry and many other industries are on hiring freezes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There seem to be be a lot of opportunities posted and I have applied for many, but these jobs already have many applicants. Any advice or ways to stick out in this current state of the work force?

22 June 2020 3 replies Mentoring

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Advisor

Jerry Welsh Middleville, MI

Sam,
First you need to re-do your LinkedIn page. It is a real negative is you post two or three times you are looking for work. You are an IT(spell out career), do you have any certificates? If there are some certificates you need, look into putting that on your list right now. I do know certificates really are an eye catcher in the IT world. Also you grew your responsibilities, go back to your evaluations and give them some facts with #$%. Position yourself as an excellent IT Manager, for high paced critical systems. Here are some things that may help you.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/come-prepared-transition-process-gap-between-civilian-jerry-welsh/
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-more-right-jerry-welsh/

Good examples of “to the point” profiles are Mark Broc, PMP, SSGB, CSM and Jack Eisenhauer, Global Supply Chain. All have had long careers, but emphasized experiences and accomplishments that offer examples of the career they are searching for.

I see you belong to Iraq group. Use some veteran resources, of course this is a good one and so is Hire Heroes USA, help with resumes and resume assistance. Thank you for your service and God Bless. P.S. you might throw in your LinkedIn you are a veteran. Also look at the top 100 Military Friendly Company Businesses, these folks have to meet some tough qualifications to stay on the list.

22 June 2020 Helpful answer

Advisor

Nancy Brooks West Chesterfield, NH

Hi Sam,

Check out https://www.onetonline.org/. It's a great, comprehensive career website run by the US Department of Labor.

Good luck!
Nancy

22 June 2020 Helpful answer

Veteran

Sam Nelson Mableton, GA

Wow, great feedback! Thanks Mr. Welsh for the tips resources shared! Ms. Brooks, I was not aware of that resource. Thanks for sharing!

Best,
Sam

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