Ever tried finding your soul mate in a crowded bar? Sometimes where you look matters – including where you look for connections to help you land your next job or career advancement.

Here are some of the best opportunities for veterans:

  1. Trade shows and conferences. But don’t just hand out your resume to every vendor – you’ll look like a loser. Attend sessions in your expertise, and strike up conversations that may lead to news about career opportunities.
  2. Industry associations, but get as niche as possible. Every service branch and practically every military specialty has an alumni association or group – join the ones for your arena and let them know you’re looking for work.
  3. Online talent communities, including the Cleared Network for security cleared professionals at ClearanceJobs.com. By now you know just throwing your resume up online isn’t going to get you a job. But you can network with recruiters online, so take advantage of the opportunity, especially if you’re willing to relocate.

If you’re not taking advantage of ClearanceJobs groups, than you’re missing out on one of the best features the site has to offer. Whatever your region, specialty or clearance level, there’s likely a group for you. These niche communities offer targeted news postings, recruiter connections and job listings – don’t miss out.

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Lindy Kyzer is the editor of ClearanceJobs.com. She loves the NISPPAC, social media, and the U.S. military. Have a conference, tip, or story idea to share? Email lindy.kyzer@clearancejobs.com. Interested in writing for ClearanceJobs.com? Learn more here.