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The phone rings! Your potential new employer has invited you to a panel interview and told you that you will be meeting with several members of the team. A panel interview is an interviewing situation where 2+ interviewers are present to interview a candidate. Usually, various types of people and departments from an organization participate throughout the interview.  Do you suddenly grasp your chest in fear? Does the air quickly start...
Clear communication skills are among the top 10 qualities employers seek, which makes this a vital part of every veteran’s skillset. Fortunately, it’s a talent the military recognizes, too, so many veterans exit the service already understanding how to communicate verbally and in writing with people inside and outside the organization. Here are some of the ways in which hiring veterans with solid communication abilities benefits...
Lots of people got into financial deep water during Covid-19. With offers for debt consolidation  appearing everywhere lately it has truly become difficult to sort the scams from the legit offers. You may end up taking one of these seemingly valuable offers and end up worse off than you were before. So, then what do you ask yourself? How are you going to fix this mess by yourself? Well, take a deep breath and relax because it...
While the employment options for retiring veterans are improving, they are still 37 percent more likely to be underemployed. Underemployment and a drive to do something different from their veteran careers have also driven the increase in veterans turning to entrepreneurship.  A recent SBA study  found that veterans are 45 percent more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans. As a newly self-employed veteran, it is your...
Veterans deserve every chance to earn a good living doing work that they genuinely enjoy. If you're a veteran and you want to find a fulfilling new career, you should know that a lot of companies are hiring veterans to perform HVAC installation, repairs, and maintenance. As you probably already know, HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. If you think that you have the right skill set for this type of work...
Ask anyone, from executives to cashiers, and they will tell you that one of the most nerve-wracking times of their lives was when they were interviewed for their job. Something about the job interview always brings fear to our hearts instead of excitement and determination. Something about being on that hot seat turns the best of us into a sweating, rambling mess. However, it doesn't have to be that way. Yes, a lot is at stake;...
Lately, many companies like GE, Walmart, and other big firms have pledged to hire thousands of veterans to fill jobs. We think it's great that corporate America is realizing how valuable our heroes are. If your business has yet to get on board, consider these four reasons why a veteran should be your next hire. 1. Tenacity. Veterans understand better than most what perseverance is all about, if for no other reason...
For the  nearly 360,000 U.S. veterans who leave military service each year, many experience a period of unemployment. Some veterans struggle to transition from a military career to the corporate, civilian world. This leaves their resume showing a substantial break in employment. Their resume may be dominated by several short-term or unrelated jobs on either side of their military service. Meanwhile, other veterans have gaps in...
The men and women who have served our country face many struggles when they come home. In addition to needing to adjust to life as a civilian, they must seek employment in a job market that doesn’t necessarily want to hire veterans. Some of the reasons that employers may not hire veterans include a misunderstanding about the skills offered through the military (including organizational skills and discipline) and negative stereotypes...
Congratulations on landing yourself a job interview! You are ready for a jo b and now you need to prepare for the interview. Adjust to a non-military work culture. Unlike in the military, you must address your interviewer by the first or last name. Adopt a different language to mention time. For example, say 4 pm instead of 16:00 hours. Explain your position in the military in simple terms and avoid complex military titles. Keep an open...
Perhaps the most respected section of American society is the veterans who have sacrificed to bring peace and security to the nation and its citizens. Many of these veterans, nearly 12.6% in a population of almost 10 million, are suffering from some form of disability. These disabled veterans need to be given the kind of comfort and freedom they deserve. In addition, offering them full-time career opportunities OR even a part-time...
With the current labor shortage plaguing all corners of the US, it's imperative companies do everything possible to attract potential talent. The annual average unemployment rate for veterans in February 2024 was 2.8%, translating into approximately 250,000 people. By creating a veteran-friendly environment, you can not only help reduce unemployment but also benefit from an enhanced pool of candidates and an improved reputation among...