OPERATION ORDER FOR EMPLOYMENT
a) Enemy Forces
1) Situation- Where is job search taking place? What is the timeframe a job is needed within? What are the requirements for positions? What are my skills?
2) Capabilities. What is the need for employment? Is employment needed immediate or long term? What is the minimum amount of money that is needed for support?
2. Mission, Who, What, When, Why and Where (coordinates).
Mission- To find suitable employment. To create a high quality resume based on missions, training, education and experience. To find suitable employment within allocated time-frame.
a) Concept of Operation.
1) Create an actionable plan for employment using contacts, rubric, assessments, and education.
2.) Reconnaissance- Take at least 2 career assessments.
These will give an idea of career fields that you may not have thought of. Also the wording in the resume can be tailored based on ads for positions in these career fields.
3.) Conduct a job search using Monster, Indeed, Etc. to determine if there are openings and what the pay is in 3 potential job fields based on the career assessment tests.
4. Service and Support.
a) D.O.L. Locate and contact the veteran’s rep within the Federal Department of Labor. http://www.servicelocator.org/
1) Locate and contact State Veteran’s representative. http://www.longtermcarelink.net/ref_list_state_county_veterans_service_officers.htm
2) Locate and contact county level veteran’s representative. http://nacvso.org/find-a-service-officer/
3) Create a rubric for job search. Must have name of company, how job was found, and who was contacted. Add a column for veteran contact. Maintain rubric with companies contacted.
4) Veterans find jobs through other veterans. Use LinkedIn, Facebook and veterans groups and reach out to others for help.
5.) Only 1% of the population has served in the military. This means no civilian understands what an NCOIC is or the importance of an ERB. This information must be translated into terms that don’t scare civilians and that they can easily understand. The goal of resume is to get you into the room for an interview.
1) Conduct recon on what a resume looks like. What are the 3 basic types and which best highlights your education and experience.
d) Prepare resume using only civilian terms.
Army enlisted Paratrooper 2002-2006
Served as a team leader, directing deployment and employment of personnel; supervised maintenance activities; read, interpreted, and collected intelligence information; distributed administrative and training documents; trained subordinate personnel.
- Served as team leader supervising a 4 man enlisted team and training of a new radio operator.
- Instrumental in the planning, coordination, and execution of combat operations both in training and while deployed in field
- Tasked with being the platoon's radio operator in addition to assignment as a rifleman in an infantry platoon
- Received Good Conduct Medal and Army Commendation Medal for exemplary leadership and management during deployment.
e) Do NOT: include the following on resume
- Extremely high dollar amount of equipment that you were in charge of.
- Acronyms under any circumstances. Spell everything out.
- Exact details about deployment and actions during deployment.
f.) Hire someone to review your resume and fine tune it for what employers are looking for today and based on your individual goals. Show it to the Service and Support personnel and gather feedback to be incorporated into the resume.
6. Education and Training
a) Is more education needed for career field?
1) Use GI Bill for College or training. The G.I bill can pay for training for EMT, HVAC Certification, and flight training. Typically the DOL rep will know what other local trainings can be used by the G.I Bill.
2) If rated with VA disability, CALL the VA and make appointment with VOC rehab counselor. Voc Rehab pays for re-training and potentially college.
3) Some states have special college programs for veterans. Conduct research to learn if State will pay for more education. For example Texas has the Hazelwood act http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act.aspx and N.Y pays for State college up to a master’s degree for Combat Veterans http://www.hesc.ny.gov/content.nsf/SFC/Veterans_Tuition_Awards
4) Conduct research about state veteran’s benefits at http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-state-benefits
If asked about deployment, combat and or actual operations. It’s best to give answer and then re-direct the question back to your skills and why you would be a good fit for the organization.
What did you do in the Army? Did you see a lot of combat?
Answer- In the Army I served as a leader. For example, I was directly responsible for a team of 5 enlisted men. During deployment we executed missions based on our trainings. The military is a great example of how high quality training can provide the skills needed to handle dynamics of operating in an ever-changing environment during a deployment. It showed me the importance of working with others to accomplish the mission and I hope to bring that skill with me to your organization.