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What does it take to be a good Protégé?
Mentorship Conversation Starters
Recommended Reading List
One-Year Action Plan Template
Using Google+ to Connect with your Mentor
Translate Your Skills
You can find career recommendations as well as employment opportunities by translating your military occupation code or taking career questionnaires:
Military Job Boards
ACP AdvisorNet Job Openings: https://acp-advisornet.org
Hero 2 Hired: https://h2h.jobs
TAOnline's Job Seeker Center: http://jobs.taonline.com/jobseekerx/
Cover letters provide an introduction for your résumé. You should avoid overwhelming a one-page résumé with a two-page letter or repeating the contents of the résumé in the letter. A short and succinct half-page letter, which highlights one or two points in your résumé, is enough. Tailor your letter to the position to which you are applying. Be sure to answer, ‘why do I want to work here?’ Remember, if you are not willing to put the time into writing a tailored cover letter, why should the employer put the time in to interview you?
Steps for Creating Your Cover Letter
A Cover Letter is a form of business communication, therefore, it should conform to the rules of good business correspondence.
- Plan and organize what you will say by outlining the content of your letter.
- Know your purpose and structure your letter accordingly.
- Communicate your message in a logical and sequential manner.
- State your purpose immediately in the first sentence and paragraph.
- Use short paragraphs and sentences; avoid complex sentences.
- Punctuate properly and use correct grammar and spelling.
- Use simple and straightforward language; avoid jargon.
- Communicate your message as directly and briefly as possible.
- Indicate what follow-up actions you will take.
- End by stating what your reader can expect next from you.
A résumé is a brief, informative summary of your abilities, education, and experience. It should highlight your strongest assets and skills, and differentiate you from other candidates seeking similar positions. Although a great résumé alone will not get you a job, this document is essential for obtaining an interview.
Tailor your résumé to the type of position you are seeking. This does not mean that all of your work history must relate directly, but your résumé should reflect the kind of skills the employer would value. Ideally, a résumé is a one-page document. Utilize your Mentor by having them review your résumé. Be open to constructive criticism and don’t be shy about asking family and friends to review your résumé.
A successful interview is essential to ensuring a job offer. While a résumé and cover letter demonstrate a solid portrayal of your experience thus far, the interview is your chance to elaborate on the skills, strengths and qualifications that make you an excellent candidate for the position. The interview is a time to sell yourself as a good fit for the position, but you should also be using the opportunity to gauge whether the job is a good fit for you as well. To get comfortable at interviewing, consider having a mock interview session with your Mentor.
Steve Jobs' Stanford Commencement Speech
In this 15-minute clip, Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple, discusses the importance of intuition and passion in finding your right career path. ACP suggests watching this video when you need a moment of clarity or inspiration.
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