In todays tough job market, networking is critical in landing a position. Although hundreds of people continue to search for jobs online, most positions arent posted or advertised publicly, says Matt Youngquist, president of Career Horizons.
It is important to network with hiring managers, recruiters, and decision-makers early in the transition process to get maximum exposure and to avoid being lost in the sheer number of applicants vying for the same opportunities.
Networking has become an essential element of a successful job search, yet it can be a nerve-wreking prosepct for some. It is difficult to go out and strike up a conversation with perfect strangers during a networking event.
Service members on Joint Base Lewis-McChord can get help from the Army and Air Force Career and Alumni Program, located in Bldg. 3271, 2nd Division Drive, Lewis Main. AACAP offers a variety of workshops aimed at building networking skills for job seekers.
The Interview Workshop teaches, among others, how to develop and present an elevator speech or 30 second commercial, while the monthly AACAP networking events present a chance for service members to network with prospective government and civilian employers from the surrounding JBLM community.
Service members within 18 months of separation or two years of retirement are eligible to take advantage of AACAP services. The JBLM AACAP is also responsible for providing transition assistance to those assigned in the Pacific and Mountain Time Zones, more than 50 miles from an existing AACAP center.
Editors note: AACAP is a joint term used on JBLM: ACAP is used by the Army and still found in email addresses.