MOAA's recent “A Conversation on Networking” webinar featured a panel of transitioned senior military officers with a range of experience across various industries and sectors who landed successfully in their civilian positions.
The conversation -- one in a series of free virtual events in an ongoing series from MOAA -- included thoughtful advice about how to find, develop, hone, and maintain networking relationships. Some examples:
- Use the power of social networking. LinkedIn is a valuable tool for locating veterans who have already successfully landed in their civilian careers. Learn more about MOAA's LinkedIn presence, and get tips on building your own bio, here.
- Connect one on one. Always send a personalized note when making the connection request. Be specific as to why you would like to join their network.
- Create a civilian bio. Use that bio as a read-ahead for your network development. MOAA members can get help with their bios, along with other career resources, by scheduling a consulting session.
- Make your case. Articulate your skills, experience, education, and share what you want to do. It is not their job as a networker to figure it out for you.
- Build your relationships. Networking should be conversational and mutually beneficial. Listen more than you talk, and remain positive and open to feedback.
- Know the protocol. Don't request to connect for networking purposes only to ask for a job. It's a major turn-off.
The bottom line: Always strive to grow and nurture your network throughout your career journey; not just in the job search mode.
Where to Start
Let MOAA help by facilitating introductions as you forge new relationships and expand your network. Register and join us for a Virtual Networking Evening with MOAA on Wednesday, July 22, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Don’t miss this chance to connect with MOAA networkers from communities across the country, along with resource specialists such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Services, and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University from the national level, who are ready to assist you in achieving your career and employment aspirations.
Our online, cloud-based platform makes it easy and fun for you to participate. After signing in, you'll be able to explore and participate in one-on-one text-based chats with representatives from participating organizations. Register here today!
Then, join MOAA at the Virtual Military Officer Job Fair hosted by the West Point Society of D.C. on Friday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern. This excellent opportunity to meet with recruiters online is free and open to all officers from all services. A variety of employers will be available to engage in one-on-one text chats, including Fortune 500 firms, small businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. Nationwide opportunities are available. Learn more at www.militaryofficerjobfair.com.
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