Looking For A Job!!!!!

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  1. Blogs of the dep profile image66
    Blogs of the depposted 21 months ago

    Why is it so hard for a female veteran to find a job?I have been passively looking for work for months and have many valuable skillsets.Out of the 500+ applications ive filled out ive had 1 interview.I would have a job quicker if i was married to a veteran vs. being one!Help me please!

    Jane Doe
    0056 Not Real St • Nowheretownville, NC 00000 • (252) 111-2222 • email@domain.com

    An entry level position for a reputable company in which I can utilize my skills in supervision, management, and maintenance to contribute to the overall goals and objectives of the company.

    An ambitious and motivated professional with combined Organizational and Leadership experience. My organizational and leadership background, along with operations, has enabled me to develop solutions to increase process efficiencies while maintaining strong internal controls. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills allow me to work effectively with clients and associates as well.

    B.S.: Mathematics                                Expected Graduation August 2018
    Thomas Edison State University: Trenton, NJ
    High School Diploma, 2010
    Typical Public High School: Deerville, NC

    Adkins Financial Services
    Administrative Assistant                                          January 2017-present
    Assist management in daily tasks
    Perform clerical tasks
    Operate all the office filing systems
    Work as liaison between customers and management
    Data entry, telephone calls, internet research, word processing & spreadsheet
    Set appointments
    Catalyst QLM
    Shipping and Receiving Clerk                                                                             October 2016-November 2016
    Receives merchandise,checks and signs delivery slips,and assists with unloading as necessary.
    Verifies the quality and quantity of items.
    Completes different forms,prepares documents and maintains files.
    Organizes distribution and movement to appropriate area.
    Participates in taking inventory and quality checks
    Maintain storage area and ensures area is secure at all times.

    Assembler/Packer                                                                                                 August 2016 -September 2016
    Meet individual productivity and accuracy measures, and contribute to overall department productivity goals.
    Maintain quality and integrity of product will performing safe machine operations.
    Assembles components by examining connections for correct fit.
    Resolves assembly problems
    Maintains safe and clean working environments by complying with procedures,rules and regulations.

    Hilton Garden Inn: Roanoke Rapids                                                                   April 2016 – September 2016
    Check with customers to ensure that they are enjoying their meals and take action to correct any problems.
    Collect payments from customers.
    Prepare checks that itemize and total meal costs and sales taxes.
    Take orders from patrons for food or beverages.
    Check patrons' identification to ensure that they meet minimum age requirements for consumption of alcoholic beverages.
    Serve food or beverages to patrons, and prepare or serve specialty dishes at tables as required.
    Present menus to patrons and answer questions about menu items, making recommendations upon request.
    Clean tables or counters after patrons have finished dining.
    Prepare hot, cold, and mixed drinks for patrons, and chill bottles of wine.
    Roll silverware, set up food stations or set up dining areas to prepare for the next shift or for large parties.
    Inform customers of daily specials.
    Stock service areas with supplies such as coffee, food, tableware, and linens.
    Explain how various menu items are prepared, describing ingredients and cooking methods.
    Prepare tables for meals, including setting up items such as linens, silverware, and glassware.
    Nucor Steel: LaCrosse, VA                                                                                          August 2015 – April 2016
    Automatic Paint Operator
    Start machines and observe mechanical operation to determine efficiency and to detect problems.
    Read work orders and specifications to determine machines and equipment requiring repair or maintenance.
    Inspect or test damaged machine parts, and mark defective areas or advise supervisors of repair needs.
    Reassemble machines after the completion of repair or maintenance work.
    Dismantle machines and remove parts for repair, using hand tools, chain falls, jacks, cranes, or hoists.
    Install, replace, or change machine parts and attachments, according to production specifications.
    Collaborate with other workers to repair or move machines, machine parts, or equipment.
    Inventory and requisition machine parts, equipment, and other supplies so that stock can be maintained and replenished.
    Record production, repair, and machine maintenance information.
    Set up and operate machines, and adjust controls to regulate operations.
    Lubricate or apply adhesives or other materials to machines, machine parts, or other equipment, according to specified procedures.
    Collect and discard worn machine parts and other refuse to maintain machinery and work areas.
    Clean machines and machine parts, using cleaning solvents, cloths, air guns, hoses, vacuums, or other equipment.

    Albemarle District Jail:                                                                 January 2014 – August 2015
    Detention Officer.
    Conduct head counts to ensure that each prisoner is present. 
    Monitor conduct of prisoners in housing unit, or during work or recreational activities, according to established policies, regulations, and procedures, to prevent escape or violence. 
    Inspect conditions of locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates at correctional facilities to ensure security and help prevent escapes. 
    Record information, such as prisoner identification, charges, and incidences of inmate disturbance, and keep daily logs of prisoner activities. 
    Search prisoners and vehicles and conduct shakedowns of cells for valuables and contraband, such as weapons or drugs. 
    Use weapons, handcuffs, and physical force to maintain discipline and order among prisoners. 
    Inspect mail for the presence of contraband
    Guard facility entrances to screen visitors.
    Maintain records of prisoners' identification and charges.                                                                                                           
    Process or book convicted individuals into prison.
    Settle disputes between inmates.
    Conduct fire, safety, and sanitation inspections.

    North Carolina National Guard:                                                    March 2012 – Present
    Petroleum Supply Specialist
    Monitor process indicators, instruments, gauges, and meters to detect and report any possible problems. 
    Start pumps and open valves or use automated equipment to regulate the flow of oil in pipelines and into and out of tanks. 
    Control or operate manifold and pumping systems to circulate liquids through a petroleum refinery. 
    Operate control panels to coordinate and regulate process variables such as temperature and pressure, and to direct product flow rate, according to process schedules. 
    Signal other workers by telephone or radio to operate pumps, open and close valves, and check temperatures.

    Pizza Hut: Elizabeth City, NC                                                                             September 2011 – July 2012
    Check with customers to ensure that they are enjoying their meals and take action to correct any problems.
    Collect payments from customers.
    Write patrons' food orders on order slips, memorize orders, or enter orders into computers for transmittal to kitchen staff.
    Prepare checks that itemize and total meal costs and sales taxes.
    Take orders from patrons for food or beverages.

    Professional references available upon request

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 21 months agoin reply to this

      Upon looking over your resume, I have to wonder if the jobs you are applying for match the skill sets you discuss.  It appears that most of the jobs you've had have been manual labor or what is considered to be "unskilled".   The competition these days for jobs is fierce, so to find work, you need to bring marketable, good paying skills to the table.

      My suggestion is to finish your degree and then use it to seek work that is specifically in your field.  In the meantime, continue working at the types of jobs you have been doing just to keep yourself going.

      If you really want work, you might consider becoming a teacher once you have your BS.  There are serious nationwide teacher shortages right now and will be for the foreseeable future.

      Teachers make a decent income and have great benefits and hours, so it's a field worth considering.

    2. 2besure profile image82
      2besureposted 21 months agoin reply to this

      Have you ever considered starting your own company?  Perhaps an employment agency geared to helping Vet find employment.  (You would never run out of clients) You are obviously a leader, with great people skills, and attention to detail.  You could approach companies to encourage them to hire ex-miliary. 

      There may even be some government grants for Veterans to help with the venture.  Too often we kill ourselves trying to get someone to hire us when we have the skills to start our own company.  I believe you can do this if, it is something you would consider.

    3. TessSchlesinger profile image95
      TessSchlesingerposted 21 months agoin reply to this

      I spent 5 years as an executive head hunter.

      1. Cut out the 'objective.' Very old fashioned. And it says something about you if you have it and it's no more in fashion.

      2. Your resume should not be more than 2 pages long, and that's only if you are a professor or a scientist. It should only be one page long.

      3. You need to put in the jobs that give you experience in the veternary field. Forget the burger bits.

      4. You need a volunteer position with a vet.

      If you'd like to rewrite it and send me a copy, I'd be happy to look through it for you.

      1. WryLilt profile image91
        WryLiltposted 21 months agoin reply to this

        I think she means veteran not veterinarian. wink smile

        1. TessSchlesinger profile image95
          TessSchlesingerposted 21 months agoin reply to this

          Ooops! The degree in math will get her a job in Big Data if she can get certification in Splunk or something.

  2. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 21 months ago

    Hi, Blogs of the dep!

    First, my thanks for serving our country - I am a veteran, too (USAF) and I well remember the frustration of translating that experience into a non-military setting. I also know the time and dedication it takes to serve, and I appreciate you for that.

    I read your resume, and here are a few suggestions:

    Pare down the details in each of the areas of experience, and get rid of anything that is standard for those jobs. Things like answering phones, or reading work orders, etc. are what someone would expect, so having those "normal" duties on a resume distracts the hiring manager. Focus on the unique things you did, for example (I am making this up) "Coordinated fueling operations for large (50-plus vehicles [or aircraft?]) military fleet" has more clout than breaking it down into step-by-step movements.

    Use phrases like:

    "Responsible for " (a certain area of duties, or perhaps a number of personnel, or a number of machines, etc.). 

    "Experienced in...." (list types of equipment, or types of safety rules, etc.)

    "Credit with..." or "Appointed to," etc.  (list things that made you stand out, or made the job unique, such as coming in under budget, or getting an award, or meeting a tight deadline, or being involved in a special project).

    Use the highest and best language for everything - see what words can be substituted for words like "clerical" (I'd get rid of that completely, actually). 

    Shorten or delete your objective. Those can be clutter.

    In one place, you mention using your supervisory skills, but it's not clear in your work history where those were gained, so build up that experience wherever possible. You can use words like "Team leader," or "Responsible for," or "Coordinated," or "Headed up," etc.

    Delete the high school references - you are in college, so you don't need it. The way it reads now doesn't work to your advantage and it detracts from the fact you're earning your BS. 

    Get rid of the fast-food reference - you have several solid positions that are very interesting. If you were a manager at the FF restaurant, word it in a way to highlight that type of experience. Otherwise, you don't need it.

    Some other tips - check your FB account to make sure the photos are professional, and that posts are professional (or at least not offensive) as well.  If you are not on LinkedIn, join it right away - all recruiters look at LinkedIn when they screen applicants. Connect with everyone you can, and ask your contacts for ideas on "who you should talk to" - people love to help each other & they'll give you ideas. 

    Practice interviewing - never wear perfume to an interview, and always dress at least business casual. Even if the job involves working in jeans. Make interview answers short and to the point - cover all areas of a question (most questions have multiple parts). It's okay to ask them to repeat a question - that shows you care and are paying attention. If they ask you to "tell about a time" or "give an example," they want a real-life example that could be applied to their setting, not a theoretical, "If I were to do that..." thing. With practice, you will learn to translate experience that may not seem related into something that shows them you can shift gears and apply your knowledge in their setting.

    Hope this helps - I've written some hubs on this topic, so I can get carried away!

    Best of luck!


  3. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 21 months ago

    One more thing - your education should list the college first, the major area of study, and then the 'expected graduation date' last. The way you have it listed now makes it appear you already have the BS, and then when you read further, it appears you're still working on it. Hiring managers will want that clarified in the resume.

    Another thing - ALWAYS send cover letters that introduce you and point out how you're a good fit for the job.

    Create several versions of the resume if you need to, to highlight different types of work (criminal justice, for example, and military).

    After each interview, send a thank-you letter or email right away. This stands out - very few people do that these days, and I actually know of managers who will not hire someone if they don't use that courtesy. The followup letter is a good way to reinforce what you can do for them, and to add additional information that may not have been discussed. And, it keeps you name in front of them.

  4. janshares profile image95
    jansharesposted 21 months ago

    This may be of some help for job search and networking for women veterans. Hope it's okay to leave this link:
    http://womenveteransinteactive.us11.lis … df2f127935

  5. Country Homemaker profile image93
    Country Homemakerposted 21 months ago

    Perhaps you should come up with a way to indicate earlier in the resume that you are a veteran.  There are many companies that give a vet preference.  As a military wife, I was always partial to hiring veterans in my years in the corporate world.  I had to read almost to the end of the resume to see you are a veteran.

    It is way too long.  Hit the highlights that fit the job you are applying for.  And do everything Marcy said.  She knows her stuff!

    And most of all, thank you for your service to our country!


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