Friday, July 22, 2011

Orion Recruiter Gives Advice on How to Work with a Recruiting Firm

Military Times Edge recently published an article titled “How to work with a Recruiting Agency” by Adam Stone that featured advice from Orion Midwest Recruiting Manager and Partner, Todd Phillips. By way of introduction to military recruiting agencies, Stone explains that veterans can sign up for agencies’ services via social media, in-person, and through the agency’s website. Most agencies work with service members from all ranks and military occupations, although some are more specialized. There are many firms out there, so it is important to choose those that will work with your timeline and desired career goals. Whichever firm a veteran chooses, however, their services will be free to you, the service member.

Stone breaks down the advice he garnered from Phillips and others into four categories: Keep the lines of communication open; Get started early; Respect your recruiter’s expertise; and Feel free to use more than one agency.

Keep the lines of communication open: No matter how great a candidate a veteran is or how perfect the job match, if the recruiter cannot get a hold of the job seeker, the opportunity will most likely pass them by.

Get started early: Phillips advises job seekers to contact a firm when they are 12 to 18 months out from transitioning. He explains that that time may be essential in tailoring their resume, career goals, location desires, and interview skills.

Respect your recruiter’s expertise: “Use them as a resource…They have years of training and a number of excellent job search preparation tools,” says Phillips.

Feel free to use more than one agency: Most firms do not require exclusivity, so you are free to use more than one, in order to maximize your chances of finding the best career.

Military recruiting firms are an excellent means to a meaningful post-military career for thousands of veterans each year. Ultimately, though, it is up to the job seeker to put in the effort to gain the best career.

Read the article.

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