By Bryan Tharpe, Fort Rucker Army Career and Alumni ProgramNovember 7, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (November 7, 2013) -- Hate change? If your answer is "yes," you're not alone -- many people do.
But living in a changing world is the only thing that we have known since we began our journey through life. In this day and age, not only is the climate changing, so are the jobs and the way we obtain them.
Gone are the days when you can just walk into a state employment office or thumb through the newspapers and find a job quickly. Oh, you can still do that, but it's much more involved -- you have to do most of the work.
Even if you make a visit to the one-stop-career center (formerly known as state employment office), you have to search for jobs on-line and then submit your resume for that particular job announcement to that company on-line. This requires that you become computer savvy. It wouldn't hurt if you also knew how to put a resume together that highlights your skills and qualifications, and makes you the best applicant for a particular job.
Today's on-line resume submissions are fast and effective -- if you know what key words to put in your on-line resume. Companies today use key words related to their particular job announcement to search for the best applicants. This procedure saves the company time and money finding the top candidates.
Remember the old axiom, "garbage in, garbage out," when it comes to submitting your resumes on-line. If the words that the employers are searching for aren't in your resume, your resume becomes garbage, is deleted and placed in the trash can.
This can become very frustrating to job seekers because they are never told why they were not considered for a job. It doesn't matter how much experience you might have had in a particular career field, if the key words are omitted, your resume isn't going to be selected to be reviewed by the human resource professional.
Even though the amount of jobs are shrinking in the current economic environment, there are more types of jobs than ever before. A few years ago, Web design and gene splitting were not even thought of. In the future, there will be even more jobs that don't have a title right now.
The alternative energy sources will give way to new types of jobs. So will science and technology as we adapt to the needs of our changing world. Job seekers should stay tuned in to all the new job titles that come into being each year. Who knows, you may want to qualify for one of them. But a good bet is your resume will have to be submitted on-line and need the right key words.
Let the ACAP center help you meet the changing environment of job hunting. Transitioning Soldiers and their spouses should call the Fort Rucker ACAP Center at 255-2558.