Military.com runs a lot of good career articles for veterans and soon-to-be-veterans. I opened a Firefox tab to one a few weeks ago and just got around to reading it. I think this is wonderful advice.
Though there are many reasons why you might be looking for a job, considering my lack of journalistic training and desire to keep this post short, I will summarize them in two points:
- You're not currently employed, you're out of money, starving, your car is almost out of gas, and you may soon be forced to cut back to basic cable (a fate worse than death).
- You currently have a job but you're considering changing jobs for better pay, more responsibility, career advancement, or any other reason but you do have a job with a paycheck that for all purposes will continue if you choose to stay in it.
If you fall into the first category, you're not going to be very picky. You may be willing to take just about any job as long as it pays and you will tell the interviewer whatever he or she wants to hear to get that job. I honestly don't blame you, and I have been in that position myself. It's not pretty.
If you fall into the latter category, you have a little bit more leeway and freedom to be selective in choosing a new job. Even if you're not happy in your current job, you still have a job and you don't want to end up in another unhappy job if you can help it. That is where this article about 6 Interview Questions You Should Ask comes in.
I've always believed that it's healthy during a job interview to express a little bit of interest in the company and your potential future there. Joel Spolski talks about allowing job candidates to interview him. I normally try to at least look up a few brief facts about the company just to show that I care enough. You spend time explaining to them why they would want to hire you, so it's only fair for them to give you a chance to show why you would want to work for them. That doesn't mean a company won't lie to you. On both this job and my previous job, I asked if there was any kind of career path only to find out that their answer was BS and the only real way to move up is to move out. I think on my next interview, I will follow the advice in this article and ask my interview about his or her career with the company.
I expect to complete my IT degree in the next two or three months and I am giving a lot of consideration to floating resumes to see what turns up (no headhunters please!)
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