Over a five-month period, Jensen says she applied to nearly 90 jobs, of which she heard back from three. She had profiles on every job site she could find, Monster, USA Jobs and LinkedIn among them. At one point, she actually “dumbed down” her resume, taking off prior management experience in the hope of catching the attention of recruiters looking to fill more entry-level roles.
“I’m not going to tell you exactly how I felt because there are some expletives in there,” she says now, laughing. “It gives you a worthless feeling not even hearing back [from the recruiter]. Hearing nothing made me feel worthless and ignored.”
Jensen’s relocation to Texas from Germany — where her husband was wrapping up his 24th year of active duty — meant she needed to rejoin the civilian workforce, which found her military qualifications difficult to understand. Recruiters couldn’t translate Jensen’s military experience, and she didn’t know any other way to explain it. When her brother, another veteran, recommended RallyPoint, a LinkedIn-style professional network specifically focused on active and veteran military members, she signed up. She had nothing to lose.
Within 72 hours, she was contacted by Time Warner Cable for a program manager opening. Her first day on the job was last week. “The recruiters on RallyPoint, they really stepped up,” she said. “[Most] people don’t know what veterans can really bring to a company.”
RallyPoint is looking to solve an issue facing hundreds of thousands of veterans joining or returning to the private sector. Recent veterans, or those who have served since Sept. 11, 2001, face a 9.2 percent unemployment rate, much higher than the 6.2 percent unemployment rate for the general U.S. population.
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