What is the formula for career transition success? Part III
Continuing in the theme of being a starfish not a spider. To be resilient, agile and to build a sustainable career we must continue to enhance our product. We can easily and naturally build relationships by investing in education, training and certification opportunities. I will provide some ideas regarding training and the opportunities to build relationships through training.
FREE FEMA Training – there is a plethora of free training available for those of you who would like to pursue work in the homeland security industry. Visit the Education & Training Section of our website. This link will take you to the FEMA University site where you can take many FREE FEMA courses. Once you have completed the FREE on-line FEMA training there are additional in class training opportunities that will allow you to interface with others who are already working in or interested in careers in homeland security.
FREE CERT Training - Consider taking your local CERT training. The Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Community resilience is all of our responsibilities:
To locate the CERT program in your area follow this link - http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/
Building Relationships: Both the FEMA and CERT Training opportunities will allow you to learn while you build relationships inside the homeland security industry.
I know what you are thinking this is all good, however, I am unemployed I need to be filling out applications and writing resumes. Please understand 90% of the great positions are in the hidden job market. What is the hidden job market? The hidden job market is where jobs are spoken about within relationship circles. Many jobs are already filled before the posting goes out. What’s that?!!!! That just isn’t fair?!!!! That’s right not unless it is happening for you, then it is perfectly fair. Those who hear about the jobs in the hidden job market are the proactive community members that have invested in their product and their community. Relationship building happens easily and naturally as you invest in your community and in additional training, certifications and education.
Time Management during a Career Transition:
How do you manage your time and still find a position? That is a great question. I am confident that 90% of your time should be spent building relationships. The relationships will turn into people advocating for you and your resume. No longer will your resume be sitting out in the gray mist of the internet job boards and in a pile on some overworked Talent Managers desk. The relationships that you have built will be advocating for you. They have met you in a training class or as a volunteer and hopefully you have taken the time to get to know them outside of class or the volunteer experience. Being committed to your community and investing time in additional training always provides a positive reflection on your product.
I have assisted military members and their families for 20 years as they transition from the military to private industry.
Since I am on the topic of homeland security training I must tell you that I am honored to have been invited into a strategic partnership with the National Homeland Defense Foundation. NHDF hosts a Symposium each year. The Foundation conducts the nation’s leading public forum for dialogue on homeland defense and homeland security. The annual Symposium fosters the exchange of ideas and technologies among government, industry and military.
Remember proper networking is building great relationships. When you naturally build relationships and pay it forward you will have a solid foundation. When you have a solid foundation of relationships no matter what happens in your life you can be like a Linkia starfish resilient, agile and sustainable.
Please consider joining me for the following networking opportunities:
Career Planning Hubs
These are networking/relationship building opportunities we have twice a week in Colorado Springs.
Virtual Career Planning Hubs - These online sessions allow people from across the country to network and collaborate.
Mil2Biz Networking Events
Mil2Biz networking events occur monthly in Colorado Springs. These events allow job seekers the chance to network with others in transition as well as employers. We generally have a speaker or panel discussion on a career transition or homeland security related topic.