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Top 5 Things NOT to Do When You Join the Military

U.S. Army Europe Images Everyone should have a "before you join the military checklist." Raise your hand, take your oath, sell your things and ship out! NOPE! First of all, have a plan. You will raise your hand, take your oath, and serve with pride. However, sometimes our best-laid plans have other ones for us. You ...

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4 Tips for Adjusting to Civilian Life After the Military

Photo Credit: Official U.S. Navy Page In the military, we've been trained to dress, work, and even negotiate. Here are a few of the most common military "pet peeves" that can be turned into positives while adjusting to civilian life. 1. Attention to detail You notice EVERYTHING! How one dresses, how their hair is a little ...

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5 Books You Need to Read Before Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life

Photo Credit: Official U.S. Navy Page You've seen the lists from the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed: "20 Books to Read in Your Lifetime," "The Top 5 Books of 2015 That Will Change Your Life," etc. Well, here are the five books every transitioning military vet should read. These are the five books I wish I had read before transitioning from ...

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How NOT to Go From Fit to Fat

You remember the shouts from basic training: "Run faster!" "Don't stop!" "Push harder!" These statements sometimes become echoes of faint memories when we leave our military careers in the past. The truth is, once we step into a civilian career, the routine, monotony and discipline of a regimented workout and nutrition schedule become null and void in ...

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5 Techniques To Master When Learning How To Manage Difficult People

Camaraderie isn't always as abundant in the civilian workplace as it was in the military. Everyone has rough days, and it can be tough to work with difficult people. Dealing with difficult personalities in the workplace will always be a challenge! Do not let the difficult personality types you work with limit your productivity and morale. ...

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4 Communication Errors to Avoid During Interviews

Fantastic! You've landed the interview. Now what? Instead of focusing on what to do during your interview, focus on what not to do. Here are four communication errors to avoid during your interview. 1. Timeliness Most military folks are aware of the concept of 15 minutes early is '"on time." However, sometimes your interviewer may ...

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Body Language: 5 Techniques to Use While Interviewing

It is no myth that first impressions are key to building future relationships. As military veterans and service members, we are all too familiar with the concept that "perception is truth." With that in mind, our communication skills can change the dynamics around us in such instrumental ways. The following tips are body-language cues to consider ...

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5 Ways to Fit in Fitness at Work

Fitting in fitness at work can be a challenge for all of us at times, especially if you have a desk job. Here are a few amazing things you can do for yourself and your waistline, all while increasing your personal productivity at work. Don't think of your cubicle as a confined space, but rather as ...

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5 Volunteer Opportunities to Stay Busy While Looking for a Job

Volunteer! Why? Volunteering not only displays community support and compassion for others, but can become a door that leads to a new career! While struggling with low numbers of students and an intermittent flight schedule this winter, I started to dig around for a few volunteer opportunities I could work on. The following is only a small ...

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Scholarships for Veterans

Photo Credit: Creative Commons Let’s face it: School is expensive! Not only is submitting university applications costly, but so are the finalities of residency, textbooks, commuting and maintaining a household while in school. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a great education benefit, but if you don't qualify for 100 percent coverage or it doesn't cover all ...

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