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 Mastering Professionalism in Your Job Search: Key Strategies for Success

In the competitive job market, every detail is crucial, and maintaining professionalism is key to enhancing your personal brand. As a career coach and prior recruiter, I’ve witnessed the transformative impact that professional communication can have on securing job opportunities.

Let’s explore key aspects, from email addresses and voicemails to LinkedIn activity, that can elevate your professionalism and make a lasting impression on potential employers.

 

Email Address:

 

Your email address is often the first point of contact with prospective employers. Ditch the whimsical or outdated handles and opt for a straightforward, professional email address.

A combination of your first and last name is a timeless choice. This small adjustment sets the tone for a polished and business-ready image.

 

Voicemail:

 

When employers call, your voicemail should exude professionalism. Craft a concise and clear greeting that includes your name, a polite message, and an invitation for the caller to leave a detailed message.

Avoid using personalized ringtones or humorous voicemail recordings – you want to project reliability and seriousness about your job search.

Avoid picking up the phone for unknown numbers if you’re not prepared to take a call. Nothing looks worse than a flustered potential candidate answering and claiming to be busy.

You never know if it’s a future employer calling.

 

LinkedIn Activity:

 

LinkedIn has become a powerhouse for professional networking and job searches. Future employers are likely to review your LinkedIn profile to gain insights into your professional persona.

Keep your profile updated with a professional photo, a succinct headline, and a comprehensive summary that highlights your skills and accomplishments.

Engage in meaningful interactions within your industry by sharing relevant articles, commenting on posts, and connecting with professionals in your field. This demonstrates your active participation in the professional community and reinforces your commitment to ongoing learning and networking.

 

Mindful Engagement:

 

Be mindful of your interactions on LinkedIn and avoid engaging in controversial or unprofessional discussions. Remember that employers may scrutinize your activity to gauge your personality and values. Share content that aligns with your professional interests and showcases your expertise.

 

In conclusion, professionalism is a powerful asset in your job search toolkit.

 

Paying attention to the details of your email, voicemail, and LinkedIn activity can set you apart and create a lasting impression on potential employers. By presenting a polished and business-ready image, you not only increase your chances of landing a job but also establish yourself as a professional in your field.

 

 

 

Author: Janine Spurrier

jobJanine is a Transition Specialist with the Serving Spouses Team at Hire Heroes USA. She has been a military spouse for over 10 years and knows firsthand the struggles of searching for employment and the barriers that come along with each PCS. She has most recently taken a few years off to live overseas, travel, and raise her family while creating a dynamic home environment for their two boys.

Janine has experience as a Recruiter and an HR Assistant which have helped her guide her clients in the process of networking and standing out to recruiters and potential employers.

She has a passion for learning and serving others and truly values an organization that empowers the military community.

 

 

Hire Heroes USA’s Serving Spouses Program, is an empowering career coaching initiative exclusively designed for military spouses. From bridging employment gaps to highlighting transferable skills, our team is here to support you every step of the way. We strive to connect you with a fellow military spouse on our team who has conquered these challenges firsthand. Don’t navigate the job market alone! Join our community of resilient military spouses and unlock a world of free services atwww.hireheroesusa.org. Eligible for active-duty spouses, reserve spouses, gold star spouses, and those whose service member has retired or separated from the military. Benefit from our personalized offerings, including professional mentorship, resume refinement, LinkedIn/networking guidance, interview preparation, access to workshops/webinars/events, federal resume assistance, virtual career fairs, targeted industry/job mentorship, and more. Discover the support you deserve by joining our Military Spouse Support Facebook Forum or the Serving Spouses LinkedIn Group. Together, we’ll empower your career journey!

*Visit HHUSA to learn more and read more of their tips for military spouses on the M:M Expert Author page.

 

 

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  • HHUSA Serving Spouses Program

    Hire Heroes USA's Serving Spouses Program, is an empowering career coaching initiative exclusively designed for military spouses. From bridging employment gaps to highlighting transferable skills, our team is here to support you every step of the way. We strive to connect you with a fellow military spouse on our team who has conquered these challenges firsthand. Don't navigate the job market alone! Join our community of resilient military spouses and unlock a world of free services at www.hireheroesusa.org. Eligible for active-duty spouses, reserve spouses, gold star spouses, and those whose service member has retired or separated from the military. Benefit from our personalized offerings, including professional mentorship, resume refinement, LinkedIn/networking guidance, interview preparation, access to workshops/webinars/events, federal resume assistance, virtual career fairs, targeted industry/job mentorship, and more. Discover the support you deserve by joining our Military Spouse Support Facebook Forum or the Serving Spouses LinkedIn Group. Together, we'll empower your career journey!

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