AW2 Career and Education Section Offers Practical Advice for Wounded Warriors

AW2 Career Counselor Scott Cox shares career and education tips with AW2 Advocates at the 2010 AW2 Annual Training.

AW2 Career Counselor Scott Cox shares career and education tips with AW2 Advocates at the 2010 AW2 Annual Training.

By Sarah Greer, WTC Stratcom

The AW2 Career and Education Section had lots of good advice for AW2 staff at AW2 Annual Training this week. This enthusiastic team helps AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and spouses explore career and education opportunities by helping them write resumes, prepare for interviews, and apply for employment, education, and training opportunities.

I sat in on Scott Cox’s Career and Education workshop, and thought he had some great advice for AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and Families looking for jobs. He emphasized that it was very important for AW2 Advocates to help wounded warriors manage their expectations, such as:

  • The job-hunting process lasts a different amount of time for everyone. For some people, it’s a week, but for others, it may take six months or more, especially those looking for federal employment.
  • You may have to re-write your resume several times to get them ready for submission. Then, you may have to tweak your resume for each job you’re applying for.
  • Some people take less “desired” jobs to progress to their dream jobs.
  • Are there any barriers to employment, such as transportation or child care? If so, start talking to your AW2 Advocate about how to overcome those barriers.

Scott also gave some great tips for ways wounded warriors and spouses can improve their chances of finding employment:

  • Expand your geographical area
  • Expand your employer base
  • Prepare a well-written resume
  • Have a professional voice recording on your home phone and your cell phone
  • Ensure that your social media profiles are appropriate – employers will probably look at them
  • Keep the AW2 Career and Education section up to date on your contact information – if they can’t reach you, they can’t tell you about a job opportunity

I also found the Web site that Scott recommended,to be very helpful–O*NET which is hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor. On the Crosswalk section of O*NET, servicemembers and Veterans can enter their MOC (military occupational classification) and see similar civilian jobs and the skills that MOC typically includes. This site can be very helpful for AW2 Soldiers and Veterans preparing their first civilian resumes.

AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and spouses should keep their AW2 Advocates informed about their career and education goals, and you can always contact the AW2 Career and Education section directly at AW2CareerProgram@conus.army.mil.

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