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Thoughts of returning to family, friends, and the less restrictive nature of civilian life may seem idyllic when you are nearing the end of your military service, eager to get back home. However, that adjustment can be surprisingly difficult, particularly for those who served in combat roles. If you have a family to support, the pressures of that transition can add to feelings of stress and self-doubt. Many expenses paid for in the...
Veterans often face health risks such as major depression and mental health issues due to the nature of the work they do. Armed forces services affect the aspects of relationships as well as physical and mental wellbeing.  Military life may have positive effects on well-being but the intensity and type of service and transition to civilian living can have negative consequences. These negative consequences, coupled with an increase in...
According to the CDC, one in four adults live with a disability in the U.S. Yet people with disabilities are severely underrepresented in American elected office. While there are a handful of politicians with disabilities serving on the national level, many of us don’t know of any in our state or local governments.  There’s only one way that representation of disabled individuals can improve: by those with disabilities...
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...
For the  nearly 360,000 U.S. veterans  who leave military service each year, many experience a period of unemployment. Some veterans struggle with the 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 a number of short-term or unrelated jobs on either side of their military service. Meanwhile, other veterans...
A well-written cover letter is almost always a requirement for job applications. It gives the potential employer their first impression of the candidate while giving the applicant a chance to introduce their suitability for the position. For companies considering hiring a veteran , it’s also an opportunity for the recruiter to get a sense of the person applying, to determine whether they would be a good fit for the company’s...
Veterans with disabilities often face even tougher challenges to employment than whole-bodied vets. Statistics  show 3.8 million veterans had a service-connected disability, which makes them a significant portion of the former military population. This results in less participation in the labor force, higher rates of unemployment among veterans and lower wages for disabled veterans’ jobs when you can find them.  Ways to...
In these days of online everything, finding veteran employment requires you to know your way around the Internet. Fortunately, there’s a purpose to doing so that makes it worth the effort, because a number of online resources exist that you can tap into and benefit from. Here are a few you might not have heard of so far. #1: LinkedIn for Veterans LinkedIn is not only the top employment platform in the world, it’s also a...
Your resume is a marketing tool for showcasing your personal brand to potential employers. It is your advertising method, and as such, it needs to reflect what you offer concisely and impactfully. Nowadays, few recruiters comb through resumes themselves. Rather, much of the work is done by computers that scan for specific key phrases, so resume optimization is vital to ensure your application doesn’t lose out. Regardless of the...
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...
If you keep hearing how LinkedIn is the network to be on when you’re looking for work, you’re not alone. With over 90% of recruiters relying on the site, according to data from the Society of Human Resource Management, candidates for every type of position should have profiles. This isn’t just to enable you to be found by prospective employers, but to develop the online presence vital in today’s job market....
Each industry, company, and team communicate with each other in a particular “language” which separates their culture from that of their competitors while relating to their target audience of clients, investors, media, etc. Their internal narrative, tone, phrasing and messaging is what makes a company’s language unique. Language is a Factor A key part of a job search is understanding the company language. As a veteran...