The labor market is a competitive place to find yourself these days and if you are not taking advantage of all your employment resources, you are missing a huge opportunity to get ahead of your civilian counterparts. While your own personal dedication and aggressive efforts are your best chance for successful job search, the computer -- and more specifically the internet -- come in a close second.
There are many websites created specifically for military members and their families - every major federal agency has its own website, many of which are listed elsewhere on this page. Most of these websites contain searchable job listings and you can register to receive automated emails with vacancy announcements. Many private companies also have military or veteran pages within their websites and you can also register, upload your resume and request to receive automated vacancy announcements.
Another important technological consideration is social networking. It is not the wave of the future, it is not a "flash in the pan" - it is the way we live today - both personally and professionally. Through websites such as Facebook or Linkedin, you can connect to just about every employer or resource, whether local, national, or even international.
It would be a very rare instance that a successful job search would be conducted without the aid of a computer, so in this competitive labor market, be sure you are leveraging all your employment resources to conduct a successful, efficient job search.
Air Force Wounded Warrior Program employment development specialist