A first job is an important milestone that can propel a young person to future success and pave the way for exciting opportunities. Whether your youth is still in school or just starting the search, Military OneSource provides plenty of resources to help military families get a leg up in the job hunt – such as mentors and internships. Check out some strategies to set your youngster up for success.
Use these strategies to help prepare your child for employment:
Get the resume ready.
Make sure your son or daughter has a good resume ready to go. You never know when an opportunity will arise through one of these activities, and a solid resume can make all the difference when the time comes. Use the tools at Military OneSource to compare formats and styles to look professional.
Start with an internship.
Interning is a great way to get your child’s foot in the door. He or she can learn a lot about the company, while making valuable connections. Ask around your installation, community centers and local businesses about internship opportunities.
Connect with a mentor.
The military community is full of role models who your child can connect with about their job experience. A strong network is key, and a mentor can unlock professional connections. Better yet, they can provide support, guidance and coaching that’ll help your son or daughter figure out the right path.
Build skills through volunteering.
For a community committed to serving, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities in and around your installation. It’s a great way for your child to build skills to add to their resume, make connections and stay busy during their search. Your installation can connect you and your child to a volunteer coordinator who can provide a list of volunteer openings.