VA Series- Follow up: The key to a Job Search.


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We have been going through a series on career advice addressing “A Veterans approach to a job search”. As we review the below list we see that we have completed most of the steps that we have control over. But it is at this step that many job seekers stall in their search.

  I have a daughter that will turn 16 next month….down boys! At only 15 years old she decided she would like a job in order to have her own money as her father is very cheap. She began by making a list of places she would like to work. She gathered business names from the local community and of all places… the phone book. She decided she wanted to work at a boutique shop selling clothes or at a café, not a fast food restaurant because she wanted to work somewhere “cute”. She began calling businesses (networking). In less than a month, she had turned in several resumes and had three interviews when she landed her first job! Later, that week I was instructed to pick up her work permit form from a café and when I met the Boss, she told me she hired her because she was persistent. She came to the interview prepared, with a pen “nobody ever has a pen and she did not give up until I said yes”; she said.

Why did I tell you this story? Because it was her follow-up that landed the job. She made it so easy for the owner to hire her; she felt she had to give her a shot. The owner needed someone and she now has a very motivated hostess welcoming her patrons to her café. Of course I get to drive her and get nothing for it, but she has a job she is proud of.

Remember, “No one cares about your career like you do”. Follow up in a timely manner and with purpose is critical! Here are some methods and tools to use…

Job Search Management Tools; Sample Follow up Letter and Tools; Follow-up Tips

Please share your success stories or what works for you with the rest of us.

Thank a Veteran TODAY!

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About Darren Sherrard

In May 2008, Darren Sherrard was appointed as the Associate Director of Healthcare Recruitment and Marketing Office (HRM) at Veteran Health Administration (VHA) Workforce Management and Consulting office (WMC). As Associate Director, Mr. Sherrard oversees VHA’s national recruitment marketing campaigns inclusive of television commercials, print and online media, and recruitment marketing sites. He leads a diverse marketing team representing VA Careers Website, Facebook, Twitter and VHA Recruitment Events. Mr. Sherrard coordinates strategies, campaigns and effective approaches to effectively carry out HRM’s mission of “driving qualified candidates to” Prior to joining VHA, Darren was Chief Operating Officer of a Healthcare Staffing Firm which he modernized from a small regional company into a thriving national corporation. Darren served 20 years in the U.S. Army; 13 of which were spent in Recruiting. During that time, he was known for his ability to transform low performing organizations through training, motivation and ability to develop and provide needed recruitment tools. Darren is devoted to finding the best talent to provide the best care for our Nation’s Veterans.

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