Tomorrow, President Obama will be signing a $16.3 billion bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs during a visit to Fort Belvoir, VA. The bill will expand health care for veterans and is hoped to be the first step towards fixing problems such as lengthy wait times, by allowing veterans living more than 40 miles from a VA health facility (or cannot get an appointment within 30 days of request) to seek outside medical care. But is it enough?
Whether you’re looking for a job after graduation, after getting out of the military, or just trying to get out of your current job, the job interview process can be daunting. Just last summer, I interned for a company that both helped companies recruit college students (primarily from the university I attended) and aided students in finding jobs and internships, and through working for them I was able to get a better understanding of the recruiting and interviewing process. And so, I’ve compiled a few tips for those preparing for an upcoming interview.
- Do research on the position you are interviewing for and figure out what you want to know. Interviewers like to turn it around and let you ask them questions about the job and the company, so try to prepare a few. Some examples include: what keeps you working here? What would you expect me to accomplish in the first months? If you could improve anything about the company, what would it be?
- Think back on the work you’ve done in the past and compile a few anecdotes about how you’ve faced an obstacle and had to overcome it using your specific skills. Your interviewer may ask for such an example, and having one story in the back of your mind will make a better impression.
- Research the company and learn about current projects they are working on, causes they support, and any new directions they might be taking. It’s important to know where the company you might be working for is going, and it shows you’re interested in the job and not just grinding out interviews.
I wish you all the best of luck on all future interviews.
On Friday, June 27th, the Veterans Club will be hosting a hiring event in Ellicott City, Maryland, specifically geared towards veterans. Recruiters are looking to fill open positions with qualified personnel, so register and show off the skills you learned in the service. Here are also a few tips to get you started, in case you’re anxious about meeting with and talking to hiring managers.
- Dress business casual (here’s a guide). Naturally, some companies will be more casual than others, but for a career fair, jeans and t-shirts are not acceptable. Don’t dress in military attire, because you won’t be wearing that on the job if you’re hired, so stick to a more civilian look.
- Highlight your military skills and projects. Describe your specific certifications, training, and other specialized experience that you received in the service. You have expertise and experience that will help you get an edge over others in regular job fairs.
- Describe a situation in the military where you achieved your end goal. Employers want to know that upon setting out on a goal, you will pursue it to its end, so having an example of doing so will show just how qualified and experienced you are as a potential hire.
Don’t let trepidation hold you back from finding your next career, so register now.