November 2011 - Navy
By CAPT Ted Daywalt
Sooner or later you will have to make
the decision to leave the military, or
you have already transitioned out
and you are not happy with your
current situation. So how do you find a new
job? The two leading ways people find jobs
today are networking and using the Internet.
Today we will discuss how to use the Internet
to find a job.
When using the Internet, the good news is
that there are many resources for you to tap
into for assistance. A survey of 3,900 human
resource managers by WEDDLE’s found that
82% found their best candidates from niche
internet job boards! This does not mean to
give up networking on a one-on-one basis
with friends and colleagues. But the use of
the Internet has now become the major
method of finding employees.
The Internet will only be a successful tool
for you if you use it regularly. It is a lot like
having a car. If you do not get in and start the
engine, it will not take you anywhere. And if you do not
maintain the car, it will break down. The same applies to
using Internet tools. And keep mind that finding a new
job is a full-time job in itself!
There are four specific activities a job seeker should
be doing to maximize their use of the Internet. These
1. Search for jobs using search engines.
Recruiters for years have used search engines to find
candidates. You can do the same thing finding a job. The
beauty of using a search engine is you will find jobs that
are listed on company websites that may not be posted
to job boards, as well as position listed on job boards.
To do this, you need to build a “search string.”
So, if I was looking for an intelligence analyst
job in the DC area, I would go to my preferred
search engine and try these strings:
- Intelligence analyst job DC
- Intelligence analyst job Virginia
- Intelligence analyst employment DC
The use of search strings on a search
engine is still an art, not a science. It can be
time consuming as you will get back a lot of
junk sites, but in those long lists you will
also find good job postings.
2. Post your resumé to the resumé database
at one or more targeted internet job
These are frequently referred to as niche
sites. There are thousands of such sites that
focus on helping candidates in a specific
career field, industry and/or geography.
The sites are operated by organizations
ranging from professional societies and trade groups to
the academic alumni associations and commercial
recruitment site companies. VetJobs has put together a
comprehensive listing of vetted job sites on vetjobs.com:
Niche listings are on http://vetjobs.com/media/niche-job-board-sites/.
- Geographic specific job boards are on
- Comprehensive sites can be found on
- Aggregator sites are available on
3. e-network with friends and colleagues.
Traditional networking is a time consuming process
of one-on-one interactions. But on the Internet you can
meet and communicate with thousands of people with a
single e-mail right from your own desktop. To take
advantage of this capability you have to join one or
more of the discussion groups hosted on the sites of professional
associations, trade organizations and alumni
There are now over 200 networking sites and they
continue to proliferate on the web. The major sites are
LinkedIn.com, Facebook.com and Plaxo.com.
These are good steps for getting started on using the
Internet as a tool in your job search. But like the car, you have to
drive and maintain it!
So once you have posted a resumé to a site, keep track of
where the resumé was posted, and go back weekly to refresh
the resumé so the employers know you are still in the market.
Once you find a job, take your resumé down or archive your
resumé on the posted sites.
You need to be regularly searching the Internet forums,
discussion groups and job boards, applying to those jobs for
which you are a fit. Finding a new job requires effort by you.
These three steps are just the beginning. You must commit to
an on-going investment of time and effort. Every day you
should research a new employer, e-network with friends and
colleagues in one or more discussion forums and review the
matches found by your job agent. If you do them regularly,
you will race ahead of the pack in the job market.
About the author, CAPT Ted Daywalt is CEO and
President of VetJobs, the leading military related job
board on the Internet. Daywalt is an internationally
recognized expert on the use of the Internet for recruiting
and finding a job. He has been active in the recruiting
industry since 1995. Previously, he held senior executive
positions in private industry. Additionally, he has 28
years in the military, 7 years on active duty and 21 in the
Naval Reserve Intelligence Program. Mr. Daywalt earned
a BS from Florida State University, an MA from the
University of Southern California and an MBA from
Emory University. Mr. Daywalt can be contacted at