Success Stories

Ariel Ramirez

My confidence when it comes to interviewing, or even professional engagements, is at an all-time high.

What challenges did you face in your job search?

My biggest challenges to finding a job were how to complete a successful job search and the etiquette of a proper interview.

How did you use Job Search Master Class®?

I completed the Job Search Master Class® while I was participating in the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) – which provides the veteran community with critical career skills required for the technology industry. I spent 10 to 15 hours a week working on JSMC. I arrived at class 1 to 2 hours before everyone else, so I could sit down in silence to read and digest the modules, and then apply what I learned.

The course leads you through your job search in a logical order. It begins with the most rudimentary elements of job search and continues to more advanced topics as you go along. It’s very easy to navigate, and I found the videos extremely useful to walk you through the process and the slide deck is helpful if you want to focus more on some key points later.

Go through Job Search Master Class® as meticulously as you can and do not skip any steps. Think of each step and how they build off one another. Do not get discouraged if you are networking, tailoring résumé, connecting with recruiters, and you don’t get anything for a period of time. The job-hunting process takes time. Also, the more you apply and network, the better the chances are of you getting a call or email back.

I learned two skills that helped me tremendously through my job search process: how to drive to interview and how to make the interview a conversation. Think of the leg up you will have on everyone else knowing that can properly interview for and land a job, rather than spending the night before a job interview frantically Googling, “How do I interview for a job?”

What were your key benefits from Job Search Master Class®?

With the JSMC, I secured full-time employment with Microsoft right after separating from the military. The skills I learned helped me get a job at the company I always dreamed of working for.

Job Search Master Class® improved my day-to-day life in other ways too. I learned the value and importance of networking. Yes, you are going to have to engage face-to-face with a lot of people, introduce yourself to them, and interact. It helped me get out of my comfort zone and pushed me to grow my network.

My confidence when it comes to interviewing, or even professional engagements, is at an all-time high. I learned how to tell what the interviewers’ questions are asking for and how to answer them properly.

The Job Search Master Class® (JSMC) taught me how to complete a rewarding job search and understand the fundamentals and etiquette of a successful job interview.

My confidence when it comes to interviewing, or even professional engagements, is at an all-time high.

I learned two skills that helped me tremendously: how to drive to interview and how to make the interview a conversation.

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