Understanding the 3 Key Components of a Successful Job Search

Understanding the 3 Key Components of a Successful Job Search
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If media coverage is any indication, transitioning servicemembers or others new to the job market might think their career progress will be dictated by artificial intelligence, applicant tracking systems, and an array of other high-tech terminology.


But these advances aren’t substitutes for substance. They can’t replace the self-marketing essentials and principles behind networking, résumé writing, and interviewing that have remained constant, regardless of the delivery mechanism.


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Networking remains the primary source of information, developing contacts, job leads, and even scoring interview opportunities through the art of relationship building. Never underestimate the power of networking! The need to nurture your existing relationships, build your brand, and expand your circle of connections through professional associations, alumni events, and civic organizations remains as important today as it was yesterday.


Your résumé is you on paper – a direct reflection of your knowledge, capabilities, experience, and accomplishments. Everything on a résumé counts, so:

  • Make it reader-friendly. Style, format, and accuracy are sometimes just as important as content.
  • Focus on the needs of the employer as gleaned through your networking and the vacancy announcement itself.
  • Space is limited, so ensure every entry supports your objective to secure an interview.


Interviews are your chance to show the real you, so be natural. Preparation is key: Research the company to learn how you can contribute to their organizational success. This is your opportunity to articulate your value – to explain why they should hire you over other, potentially equally qualified, candidates.


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About the Author

Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)
Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)

Anderson joined the staff of MOAA's Career Transition Services Department in August 2011. He served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force in a wide range of command and staff assignments. Connect with him on LinkedIn.