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3 Professional Ways To Brag On Yourself and Land The Job

December 9th, 2016|0 Comments

By  Katherine Gauthier Raise your hand if you have ever applied for a job. Now keep your hand up if you felt like you forgot how to respond in complete sentences when your potential employer ...

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A Guide for Veterans Interested in a Writing Career

November 15th, 2016|0 Comments

If you’re reading this article, I bet you can tell that I’m a writer. I wrote the line you’re reading right now. This one too. I wrote this whole article, as a matter of fact. ...

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Career-Building Tips While on Active Duty

August 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Separating from active duty can be tough. Those of us who have been through it can attest that even in the best circumstances, the personal and career-building aspects of transitions can be stressful. The vast differences ...

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Fighting For You

July 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Michael Michaud represented the 2nd Congressional District of Maine – a huge chunk of the state – from 2003 to 2015. As a congressman, Michaud was known for his work on behalf of America’s veterans. ...

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How to Handle Tough Job Interview Questions. Ace the Interview!

June 13th, 2016|0 Comments

We’ve all been there at one point or another. Whether it’s a promotion board, an elementary school spelling bee, or maybe on a nightmare date, sometimes we’re pitched a question that has no easy answer. ...

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Becka Davidson, On Teaching Yoga and Owning Your Own Business

July 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Photo Credit: Joel Davidson Becka Davidson, a Navy cryptologic veteran and former chief, took a few minutes to answer my questions about how she pursued her passion for yoga. After transitioning from her 13 years in ...

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Body Language: 5 Techniques to Use While Interviewing

June 19th, 2015|0 Comments

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, ...

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Asking for Career Help is NOT a Sign of Weakness

June 5th, 2015|0 Comments

I despise asking for help. I hate feeling weak. I refuse to feel vulnerable. If avoidable, I do not ever want to owe anybody anything. I prefer to take care of it myself and I ...

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4-Step Guide to Union Apprenticeships

May 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Applying for a union apprenticeship can be an arduous process. Most applicants have no idea what a union entrance exam will cover, or even what qualities unions are looking for. Truthfully, every union is different ...

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VA Launches Campaign to Increase Veterans’ Economic Potential

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

The VA released information about a new effort to connect veterans with national and local employers in 50 U.S. cities: May 18, 2015 DALLAS — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, with leaders from ...

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5 Ways to Stay Positive During the Job Search

May 6th, 2015|0 Comments

You've put in application after application and have set up accounts on recruiting portals that you didn't even know existed. You're losing steam and starting to think you may never actually find a job. What are you supposed to ...

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Security in a Career with a Military Security Clearance

April 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

A military security clearance offers the possibility of job security in the civilian sector: That gem of a privilege can be the key to your new career. Truth: Those of us who entered the military ...

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Use Social Media to Advertise “You”

April 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Photo Credit: Creative Commons   During your transition, you want to pursue every advantage when it comes to getting a job. Social media, used properly, can be a big advantage, and it can be a ...

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How to Determine Your Salary Requirements

April 7th, 2015|0 Comments

One of the biggest unknowns about transitioning from military service to civilian life is about salary. This comes from the fact that military benefits include an allowance for housing (untaxed) and a host of other ...

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Straight to the Source: Get the Hiring Manager’s Name

April 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Photo Credit: Kate Hiscock You can send applications into a black hole known as the "recruiting portal" that most companies use until the stars burn out – never actually moving your job search forward. Are ...

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I Ended Up With a Job I Hate…What Do I Do?

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

You were one of the success stories. You prepared well for your transition, and landed a good job in a location you like. Or maybe you took a chance on a job or a location ...

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Business Coaching with the University of Farmers Insurance Group

October 9th, 2014|0 Comments

Helpful resources for business coaching:   Inside the Minds: The ABCs of Entrepreneurship: The Fundamentals All Business Professionals Should Know & Remember, by Ari Ginsberg et al. Description: From outlining the history of entrepreneurship, from ...

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Why Being a Boot Again is Actually OK

October 7th, 2014|1 Comment

You’ve transitioned to civilian life, but every job you find expects you to start at the bottom. Did you spend your last few years in service for this? Why don’t employers recognize the experience you ...

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Putting Together a Civilian Resume

September 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Your resume is just like your picture on Facebook, people can view it but it really doesn't tell the whole story unless you give a good description of who you are or in the Facebook ...

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Common LinkedIn Mistakes of Veterans

September 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

LinkedIn is a network of job-seekers and professionals. It is used in a variety of ways, depending on the user’s aim. It’s a good way to get your qualifications out in the civilian job market, ...

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Leadership with the University of Farmers Insurance Group

September 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Suggested Great Reads on Leadership: The Lens of Leadership: Being the Leader Others Want to Follow Whether you are an skilled leader with comprehensive responsibilities, an early leader who wants to get ahead quicker, or ...

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Jobs You’re Already Qualified For

September 18th, 2014|0 Comments

After the time, effort, sweat and thought that go into so much military training, it seems wasteful to return home and start all over on a different path. But there are a lot of positions ...

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Challenges of Mid-Upper Level Military in Civilian Jobs

September 17th, 2014|1 Comment

Mid-level and senior military members face unique challenges when transitioning to civilian employment. These individuals have completed 20 or more years of service, in some instances close to 30 years in uniform – more time ...

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How to Develop a Professional Civilian Wardrobe

September 16th, 2014|0 Comments

One of the most surprising hidden costs of transition is the purchase of professional attire. Most veterans don’t give their clothes a single thought because wearing a prescribed uniform makes life very simple in this ...

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Be Smart About Business Insurance

September 12th, 2014|0 Comments

While your day-to-day operations are complex, understanding Business insurance doesn't have to be. There are coverage options available to protect just about every aspect of your business from employee injury to natural disasters. Some insurance ...

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How to Recognize and Communicate with Three Distinct Personality Types

September 10th, 2014|0 Comments

In the military, interpersonal communication is a simple process. Instructions are given and they are followed without question. The personality of the individuals receiving and giving the instructions is never an issue. Communicating in the ...

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Career Advice From the University of Farmers

September 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Did you make it to the top or close to the top of your military career? Did you lead and supervise subordinates either in the office or into battle? Are you able to manage and ...

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You Can’t Do it Alone: Farmers Insurance Can Help

August 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Are you faster than a speeding bullet? Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? No? Okay then you’re not Superman, and as an entrepreneur running a business, you can’t do it alone. At ...

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When it’s OK to Question Authority in a Civilian Job

August 27th, 2014|0 Comments

In the military, questioning authority can be a risky proposition. It is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or UCMJ, to disobey a lawful order given from any superior commissioned officer or ...

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4 On-The-Job Connections You Should Make

August 21st, 2014|0 Comments

You've just landed a new job or are starting in a new position with your current employer. Networking is a great way to meet new co-workers and can help you out in different situations. Here ...

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Will Job Hopping as a Vet Hurt Your Career?

August 19th, 2014|0 Comments

 The civilian world can be both confusing and liberating after time in the military. Now you have choices about where you work and what you do...and maybe you don’t want to be stuck in one ...

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Strategies For Training in the Civilian Sector

August 13th, 2014|0 Comments

Training in the military is a constant and never-ending cycle and is, in fact, how the military prepares for its ultimate purpose: the defense of our nation. Training in the civilian world can be just ...

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The Intel on Linemen

August 9th, 2014|0 Comments

What is a utility worker? The term covers a wide array of jobs, from electric linemen to water line workers and welders to customer service agents at utility offices. Utility workers are responsible for our electric ...

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Dos and Don’ts of Asking for a Raise

July 30th, 2014|0 Comments

In the military your pay is determined by your grade or rank, also known as your pay grade.  Raises in pay are given upon promotion to the next rank. Asking for a raise in pay ...

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Things You Didn’t Know About Overtime

July 17th, 2014|0 Comments

In the military, you can earn special pay such as combat pay or flight pay. But Uncle Sam doesn’t pay overtime for extra hours worked. In the civilian workforce, federal law requires employers to pay ...

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How to Deal With a Co-Worker You Can’t Stand

July 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Learning to deal with a co-worker you don't really care for can be difficult, but necessary. Here are four important tips to help keep the peace at the office. 1. Be civil. Being civil, even ...

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What You Need to Know About Junior Military Officer Recruiting Firms

July 9th, 2014|0 Comments

There are a few things to consider when deciding whether or not to go with a JMO recruiter when transitioning out of active duty military service. The entire experience is a well-rehearsed drama where they ...

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Don’t Let Yourself Become an Obsolete Worker

July 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

It can be hard to find a job, especially a job you like. But if you are fortunate to be able to go to work every day and enjoy what you do, you’ll want to ...

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How to Survive and Thrive in Company Meetings

June 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Every business, whether it has five or five hundred employees, has meetings as a regular part of its operations. Employees can communicate with one another in many different ways. However, business meetings can be a ...

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7 Tips for Writing a Professional Email

June 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

One of the primary methods of communication in the workplace today is email: convenient, instantaneous, and without the mess and expense of paper. Unclear, uninteresting or poorly written emails reflect poorly on the sender. As ...

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Dealing with Personality Conflicts on the Job

June 18th, 2014|0 Comments

With the wide range of cultural diversity in today’s workforce, personality conflicts are inevitable unless you work in a job that completely cuts you off from contact with other human beings. Dealing with personality conflicts ...

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Should I Talk to a Career Counselor?

June 17th, 2014|0 Comments

Having a plan for your transition is paramount. Knowing where you want to go and how to get there is the best way to transition from military to civilian life. However, these can be difficult ...

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Keep Your Facebook Profile Rated “PG” When Job Hunting

June 12th, 2014|0 Comments

Are you currently job hunting or thinking about changing careers? Your online profile, particularly your Facebook profile, matters more than you may think. Here are some tips to keep your online presence, particularly your Facebook ...

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Why Job Shadowing is Important

June 5th, 2014|0 Comments

Are you unsure what career path to pursue or contemplating a career change? Job shadowing can help. When you leave active duty and return to civilian life, one of the most challenging aspects of your ...

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