Looking On The Bright Side of Military Transition

Leaving the military is a very strange experience. Finding a job, insurance, and a place to live on your own is all new for many of us, but once that gets settled, military transition is still just plain weird.In the military, you have purpose. It’s built into the job. There’s a mission to perform and ...

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An Open Letter to Veterans: Why You Aren’t Being Hired

Open Letter #1...To My Fellow Veterans, One of the most courageous things you will ever do in Corporate America is tell the truth. I've been in corporate combat and real combat and have managed to not only survive, but succeed in both, in my short time on this earth. I'm a strong believer in radical ...

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Understanding Veterans’ Preference and Employment Eligibility, Part 1

If you are a transitioning military member, it is important to understand your veterans’ preference eligibility and options. Some former members may be eligible for as many as four different kinds of preference and/or consideration. As the applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you properly annotate your USAJOBS Profile with your eligibility and ...

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The Meat and Potatoes of Resume Writing

(Potatoes First – keep reading, there is some USDA Prime Tenderloin Filet in about 45 seconds.)   Resume writing is an art, with a sprinkle of science and psychology. Your resume must grab a reader’s attention in anywhere from 6-12 seconds. Your resume must also “speak” to at least three audiences, here is who, and ...

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How To Use LinkedIn: Here’s Your Tips and Tricks

SPONSORED   In the early 90s, you could apply for a job by visiting companies and filling out an application or providing a resume. Does that happen anymore? No – because the internet disrupted this method of talent acquisition by giving both employers and employees far greater access to opportunity. The internet freed us from the geographic ...

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Military Retirement Timeline: 5 steps towards getting a job

One of the biggest questions about getting a job after retiring from the military is, “How far out should I start applying to jobs?” But did you know that there are steps you should take before you even start applying? Brian Henry, senior vice president of operations for Orion International and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran himself, ...

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5 Tech Skills You Learned in the Military that Can Boost Your Civilian Career

If you were to believe the recruitment videos, there are only two kinds of jobs you can do in the military: combat arms (including fighting magma monsters with a sword), and the kinds of slick, high-tech work that cause an instantaneous post-training morph into a respected and highly paid IT manager the instant you walk ...

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6 Bad Habits You Developed In The Military, and How To Break Them

Veterans come out of the military with years of training in one particular mindset and way of doing things. A lot of that mindset is positive, even in the civilian world. Much of the military attitude will serve you well. But there are a few bad habits of thought and behavior that are common stumbling ...

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How Positive Thinking Can Help Your Military Transition

If you have not heard, let me be the first to tell you:  leaving the military is stressful.  There are so many things to think about from finding a job to figuring out health insurance options.  There is the possibility of having to move across the country to accept a dream job and perhaps uprooting ...

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Applying for VA Disability and Compensation

With a whole world of opportunity on the horizon, transitioning out of the service can be an exciting time. If you’re anything like me, you were so hypnotized by the idea of trading in your uniform for some blue jeans that you probably threw together a loose transition plan at best. Maybe your plan was ...

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