Creating A Circle of Colleagues

Military active duty is a calling like no other.  The men and women that you serve with understand and support each other because we “have all been there” at one point or another.  Whether you have been serving for 28 years or 2; there is a change that you go through, a world that opens, ...

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Building Your Network: Making The Right Connections

Like any other military operation, building your network is never complete.  Rather, it is full of refinements, edits and assessments designed to meet the ever-changing dynamic that the job market brings.  One of the most powerful and rewarding refinements you can make to your brand is the development and implementation of your personal network.  Chances ...

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Dos and Don’ts At Veteran Job Fairs: A Corporate Recruiter’s View

Job fairs, networking events and mixers are ideal opportunities for job seekers to meet live representatives of various companies, however, in my experience many veterans are not taking full advantage of these occasions. Hiring managers, recruiters, and other corporate employees use these fairs to find potential candidates for their companies. Over the last ten years, ...

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Utilize The Right Networking Tools In Your Job Search

Transitioning members of the military hear it constantly in job search workshops – “Network!” Professional sites such as LinkedIn have built an entire industry on helping people connect. Trackers tell members how many connections they have, who has viewed them, and provides a list of possible new contacts. At times, it may seem to the ...

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Launch A Post-Military Personal Brand With Social Networking

In this day and age, social media is nearly everywhere:  from duck face selfies to customer service, the social media machine has put information literally at our fingertips.   Whether it is the latest stock quotes, sports scores, or Hollywood news our generation is well-equipped to remain informed at a nearly unprecedented level.  All of ...

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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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