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By 2023 we can expect to have more than 3.5 million veterans in the market for civilian jobs, according to statistics from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This makes it imperative for corporate America to come to the party and create an environment friendly to veteran employees. Companies not only help to reduce unemployment in the sector, but get the benefit of an enhanced pool of candidates to choose from and improved...
Image: Lemon balm tree Serving as a veteran can have long-term consequences for one’s physical and mental health, with Dr. Stephen Hunt of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Post Deployment Integrative Care Initiative noting that “folks returning from combat have a constellation of health challenges , including physical issues, psychological issues and psychosocial issues concerning things like work and family."...
Prospective employers have a salary negotiation “window ” from the time they offer a position to a candidate, until the offer is accepted. The way this negotiation goes determines not only how much the candidate feels valued and wanted by the company, but also whether the employer is enthusiastic about the new hire or feels like s/he lost. Here are some hints for negotiating salaries for veterans successfully.  Hint...
You might not necessarily think it, but military training can serve candidates well during interviews for civilian jobs. Finding a job these days is not easy. It gets more difficult if you are switching from one career to another. For example, a veteran applying for a civilian job must, first of all, ask some important questions. Will military training give you a competitive advantage over other interviewees?  Which companies...
Companies are increasingly making a point to try and recruit veterans as employees. This is not only because of their service to the country, but because they have unique and valuable skills to offer the workforce once they leave the service. From world-class training in technology and other occupations, through to personal skills such as leadership ability , self-discipline and following through on instructions, veterans often make some...
As somebody with a military background, you are uniquely positioned to help civilian businesses . The training you received, as well as your military experience, make you well suited for a wide variety of  jobs for veterans . However, unlike in the military, not everyone in private business has a single focus and shared background .   Any given workplace will probably have people who seek to create drama or try to...
Your fave threads might just not be the right thing to wear to that interview ! How you present yourself during an interview can impact your success as much as the information on your resume, and showing up dressed inappropriately is an easy way to get off on the wrong foot. In today’s more casual work environment, interviews for military veteran jobs don’t necessarily require a suit and tie or dress and heels. That...
In this four-part series , we will continue to look at the future of work through 2030, and how today’s active duty military and veterans can prepare to be global-workplace ready.  Education is king and queen in the future workforce  Just as how useful content is the king on the Internet, education will be the king and queen in the workforce by 2030. Forbes magazine contributor—Jeffrey Dorfman in his...
Online learning is considered the future of higher education in general, since it offers students an alternative to attending traditional colleges and universities. While opponents and supporters of online education for veterans keep on arguing about which forms of learning are more effective, there is no doubt that they open up opportunities for more people than before. As studies show, online learning is highly effective. In...
Helping veterans transition to civilian life successfully not only means finding work, but often picking up again in a career where they left off to go into service. If circumstances have changed since they were in school and they no longer have a working parent who can afford to pay for tuition, for example, it could result in many veterans being stuck in low-paying jobs with no career prospects. Fortunately, there are resources that...
In this four-part series by Antoinette Toscano , we will look at the future of work through 2030, and how today’s active duty military and veterans can prepare to be global-workplace ready. Automation and AI are transforming businesses   According to a June 2018, executive brief put out by the McKinsey Global Institute, “ Automation and artificial intelligence (AI)  are transforming businesses and will...
It can be hard for military veterans to transfer their skills to the corporate field.  The Center for New American Security has identified this to be one of the biggest issues  in transitioning from a military career . The reality is that many of the scenarios that apply to military leadership do not necessarily translate all that easily. Yet, being able to adapt to different environments is a key skill that all servicemen and...