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Question: I attended a transition seminar and was advised to expand my network by connecting online with as many people as possible. I’ve sent out many connection invitations but have received only a few acceptances. Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong? Answer: While having a large network of contacts is valuable when transitioning and building your civilian career, the quality of your network is more important than...
Various authorities and organizations work hard to encourage companies to hire veterans, and in some instances, there are laws requiring veterans to get precedence over other candidates. Knowing how to hire veterans isn’t only important for recruiters, but it helps for veterans to understand the rules and incentives too, so you can make the most of opportunities that come your way. Government Support Programs In almost every...
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...
The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic triggered the remote work revolution, which was a radical transformation in business and professional activities. According to McKinsey , it’s a change that’s likely to stay with us. In 2020, Americans replaced much of the time spent commuting with more leisure and household activities, and they don’t appear ready to give up the option. Organizations in multiple industries are now...
Transitioning from military service to a civilian career is a process facing nearly 360,000 U.S. veterans  who leave the service every year. Once they find a job, working their way into management can be particularly difficult, but veterans have a tremendous amount going for them—if they can discover ways to display their potential to their superiors. Here are some methods you can use to showcase your capabilities on the...
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...
Before we delve in to this topic, I want to offer an important reminder. Please do not change your medication amounts or schedule without first consulting your prescribing doctor. Many medications require a gradual, controlled, and monitored approach before stopping or reducing the prescribed prescription drug. Serious side-effects may occur if handled incorrectly for your condition and medication. Life Hacks for Managing Medication...
The option to become your own boss is an attractive potential solution to the challenges veterans experience while trying to find jobs. Even if the veteran hiring programs available were the best in the world, it’s unlikely every former military person will find exactly what they are looking for informal employment. Why Veterans Are Ideal Entrepreneurs It’s a well-known fact the military teaches leadership,...
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...
As thousands of troops return from Afghanistan, finding suitable jobs for veterans is going to become critically important. Companies can help by focusing on hiring veterans, and supporting them by offering comprehensive employee benefits including financial services.  Few members of the U.S. Military Services received personal financial education during school. So it’s no surprise that on exiting the military many...
Veterans lead unique lives, and there aren’t many people who can identify with their experiences. Transitioning back to civilian life can feel a little overwhelming. Veterans should wait until they’re ready to make the jump, and sometimes, it helps to get their toes wet before that jump. If you’re having a hard time finding a 9 to 5 career that you’ll be happy with or you need to supplement your income, there are a few...
Ask anyone from executives to cashiers and they will tell you that one of the most nerve-wracking times of their life was the day they were interviewed for their job. There is something about the job interview that always brings fear to our hearts instead of excitement and determination. There is something about being on that hot seat that turns the best of us into a sweating, rambling mess. However, it doesn't have to be that way. Yes,...