Spokane Regional Networking, Social Media, Professional and Business Development
I recently put together a training/networking day for the Eastern Washington State Veteran's Task Force at ITT Tech. The theme was supporting the transition of military members into the civilian work environment.
Veterans are facing an over 25% unemployment rate at this very moment. Gainful employment for survival and growth is vital. The suicide rate is hitting astronomical levels. The need to stop this trend was a deep concern throughout this day. So we are building an infrastructure of support targeted at getting individuals all the tools they need to move forward into a positive environment of gainful employment and personal growth.
It turns out that the top job applicants work at getting work through a basic cycle.
One is no more important than another and they often inter-relate.
The Number One Key is the job applicant's attitude and job choices which relates to availability and visibility
Two, Ask for referrals. According to several professional leaders in helping others gain training and work experience at the Veteran Task Force Event, the applicants that get the best chance at being seen are referred by someone they know. By being visible through the basic cycle, you get personal referrals.
The average of 10% of available jobs are advertised. The rest are within the referral network and company sites.
This job board has been an excellent example of job referrals and sharing.
And third, maintain ethical practices in all areas of your life. The more you stand out as a positive, ethical individual with good work values, the more you will get referrals. The more you get out into the community and become part of its healing, the more you will gain visibility.
Many of the employers that prefer the veterans of honorable service do so because there is a strong work ethic that is built from military service.
Yet, many civilian employees bypass veterans because they misunderstand their work experience and there is a divide in professional work terminology and military detail. Therefore, Number one remains vital as a deal breaker for employment. Visibility in the community demonstrating your capabilities is now and has always been the best way to get a positive referral.
What are your suggestions on where one could network or volunteer?