The Job Search Fact You Don’t Know, But Should

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Finding a job is hard work. It takes strong focus – and time. But how much time?

In almost every class I’ve taught for Patriots Path – which provides career coaching and job search training for military personnel transitioning to civilian careers – someone will ask how much time to allow for finding a new job.

Coming from the world of executive search and talent development, I can confidently say every job seeker and job search is different. But there is a general timeline I’ve found to be accurate, no matter the industry or veteran status.

For every $10,000 in salary, allot one additional month to job search.

To contextualize this, if you are a Project Manager looking for an annual salary of $100,000, you should give yourself 10 months to search for a new job.

What’s the Rush?

My number one tip for a successful career transition is to do nothing in a hurry.

Studies indicate the more strategy put into a job search, including time and assistance from formal career transition programs, the more likely an individual will find the right employment faster, increasing overall levels of satisfaction with the position and the amount of time spent working for the company itself.

If you’re in a hurry to find a new job, it will come across in your search.

Job seekers who are pressured to find something, whether it’s because they have a deadline to retire out of the military or because they’ve been fired from a civilian career, are more likely to come across as overly aggressive, desperate, too agreeable or emotional in an interview. Hiring managers are looking for candidates who are confident, stable, driven and who have a strong sense of direction. It gets increasingly harder to exude those qualities the less time you allow yourself to look for a new job.

Why it Takes So Long

There are four key methods to go about looking for a new job.

They are:

·     Networking

·     Responding to published job openings

·     Using recruiters and/or staffing agencies

·     Contacting companies directly

A big reason there’s a direct correlation between higher salary and more job search time is because you are more likely to be hired by someone you know the higher the level the position.

More experience and a deeper skill set naturally lead to a more complicated and robust resume. If a hiring manager knows you, understands what you’re good at and knows what you want to do next, you are more likely to land in a career you actually want.

Networking, therefore, is crucial to finding your next job, but it also takes time.

A good network full of people who know you and your skill set will either introduce you to your next opportunity – like the referral function The Ladders recently launched – or the person you’ll work for next is actually someone you already know.

Turning strangers into members of your network is what will lead to the salary and career you’re looking for, but it will also connect you with opportunities that match you with more than just money and job title. Job searching for a position based on qualifications and skill set is only a fraction of what goes into transitioning careers. It’s also extremely important to consider fit factors like the company itself, culture, mission and benefits.

When you can, do yourself a favor and give yourself plenty of time to search for your next career. You’ll be glad you did.

Patriots Path Honors Volunteers at Annual Appreciation Event

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Charlotte-Based Non-Profit Celebrates Teaching Record Number of Proprietary Courses to Military Personnel in Career Transition

CHARLOTTE – June 6, 2017 – Last week, Patriots Path held its second annual volunteer appreciation event at Free Range Brewing in Charlotte, N.C. The event, which was started in 2016, honors volunteers, coaches, course hosts, students and community supporters.

This year, there was a lot to celebrate, including Patriots Path’s fourth anniversary next month. Since being founded in July 2013, the Charlotte-based non-profit has taught over 130 classes to transitioning military personnel. Although, courses are predominantly held in the greater Charlotte area, the program has expanded this year and is being taught in South Carolina, Raleigh and Fort Bragg, N.C., as well.

Of the 40 attendees was Noël McCall, Executive Director of Patriots Path, who also serves as one of the primary instructors for the program.

“Our goal is to find new ways for veterans to feel more at home, back at home,” said McCall, who was an executive search consultant and held numerous director-level roles in placement and talent acquisition and development prior to founding Patriots Path. “We want to make transitioning feel like less of a challenge.”

Patriots Path courses are made up of five classes taught over the course of multiple weeks. Classes cover everything from resume writing, to job searching, to preparing for an interview and include a personality assessment and one-on-one mentoring. All classes are held in corporate offices or training facilities and are taught by volunteer career coaches and executive recruiters. The courses are designed to familiarize transitioning military personnel with civilian job search techniques and resources. They are available to military veterans and spouses, as well as active duty Guard and Reserve members.

To maximize the more personalized career coaching approach Patriots Path provides, course sizes are usually limited to between 10-15 students.

But support through Patriots Path does not end after the five days in the classroom, nor is the impact only on the students taking the course.

“We set out with one mission, but subsequently ended up completing another. Every company right now is saying they want to hire more veterans, but they don’t always know how to. I’ve found, a bi-product of Patriots Path is that the volunteers have the chance to learn more about military candidates, what makes them tick and what questions to ask to make better post-military hires,” said McCall. “When they’re volunteering, they make these meaningful connections offline. They’re not in their hiring chairs and they tend to learn more.”

“Another thing I’ve noticed is that students will stay after class and chat with each other,” said McCall. “Recently I overheard someone say to another student he had just lost his 8th soldier to suicide. They confide in each other, and they share information and resources to help each other. It builds a sense of community and gives them that comradery they’re used to.”

The next Patriots Path course will be held in Charlotte, N.C. and starts on July 11.

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About Patriots Path

Founded in 2013, Patriots Path is the region’s first non-profit career coaching and job search training program created specifically to support the unique needs of military personnel in transition to civilian careers. Developed and taught by career coaches and executive recruiters who understand the complexities of the civilian hiring process, the Patriots Path course empowers and encourages veterans in translating their experiences while navigating the complex civilian landscape of networking, elevator pitches and interviewing.

For anyone new to the job search process, the most important first step is evaluating what career options are of real interest and hold true potential for the job seeker. Our program is unique in that we don’t just connect our students with job opportunities but rather support them first in discovering how their military experience can translate to the civilian workforce in the most rewarding way. Starting our class with a specialized personality/interest assessment brings focus to who these service men and women are as individuals and what positions could lead to lifetime careers, not just “a job with a paycheck.” This more personalized approach, also reflected in our one-on-one mentoring with local HR professionals and business executives, is what makes Patriots Path special.


Media Contacts:

Brittney Murray
(603) 504-2024

Noël McCall
(704) 369-5500