Fallon Mitchell wants to turn her joy of baking and recipes that started with her grandmother into a business. Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP) helped the Army veteran move closer to making that dream a reality. Fallon recently joined other warriors in an entrepreneurship workshop to understand the demands of time, costs, and promotion, and the likelihood of turning a profit. "We got a guidebook to start our own businesses," Fallon said. "One thing that stood out is the specific material tailored to my own personal business. One of the counselors used to own a catering business, so she really helped me move ahead." Veterans are highly coachable team players with specialized skill sets who are an asset to any team in the civilian workforce. All WWP career counseling services are offered completely free of charge to wounded veterans and employers. Veterans explained their business projections. They learned how to plan for sales, pricing, and revenue, as well as fixed and variable costs. The information was vital to Fallon as she moved closer to opening her bakery, A Piece of Joy. "I find joy in baking and writing poetry," she said. "A Piece of Joy celebrates that and the joy of baking by my grandmother, Mattie Pearl Williams . The workshop provided a specific plan of action for me to move forward, especially in relation to marketing and competition." A WWP staff member closely interacted with attendees during the workshop, advising them of additional services to support their recoveries. WWP programs and services assist injured veterans with mental health, physical health and wellness, career and benefits counseling, connecting warriors with one another and their communities, and long-term care for the most seriously wounded. "It was very beneficial to have other veterans and family members in the audience as it brought a level of comfort," Fallon said. "We shared camaraderie and built new relationships that will last long after the class ends." To learn and see more about how WWP's programs and services connect, serve, and empower wounded warriors, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/ , and click on multimedia. About Wounded Warrior Project Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP) connects, serves, and empowers wounded warriors. Read more at http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us .
Twitter is such a great asset in the job search but is rarely the first thing to come to mind. It is possible to get hired via Twitter. That’s right, Twitter has launched many careers. We have heard of lots of stories about people finding jobs and being hired from it. It can be that easy – you just have to know where to look. To start you off, here are some great hashtags & chats that can land you a job when using Twitter. Hashtags Below is a list of some great general hashtags to keep a look out for. These hashtags promote all job openings and aren’t specific to a particular field, industry, or company. Keep a look out for jobs in your field by playing around with hashtag combinations such as #fashionjobs or #techjobs. According to US News , some companies even have their own hashtag. For instance, General Electric uses #GEJobs to promote job openings. #JobSearch #JobHunt #Job #JobOpening #JobListing #Jobs #Career #Careers #Hiring #NowHiring #Employment #TweetMyJobs Conversations Have you ever taken part in a Twitter chat? If not, I highly recommend it. Twitter chats are a great way to network, share your experiences, hear advice, and gain insights into a particular topic. Here are some great chats for millennials to join that may help in the job search, or careers in general. #MillennialChat When? Tuesdays 8 PM ET Fellow millennial Chelsea Krost hosts this chat weekly on different job topics and millennial topics such as top job trends, marketing to millennials, building personal brands, and much more. Our very own Brett Pucino takes part weekly, and I plan on starting as well. Join us! #CareerChat When? Sporadic. Their next one is November 18 th at 5 PM ET. Follow them @CareerContessa to stay informed. Career Contessa describes themselves as “honest conversations for real women about work and life.” Founded by a fellow millennial Lauren McGoodwin, she understands best what advice, tips, and more is applicable to fellow millennials. #TChat  When? Wednesdays 7 PM ET Founded and hosted by Kevin Grossman and Meghan Biro , #TChat consists of hundreds of people each week discussing different workplace topics. See some of their past chats which include tips on how to make meetings worth everyone’s time, and workplace trends through the eyes of millennials. #G20Chat When? Every other Wednesday 8 PM ET Gen Twenty hosts a twitter chat every other week tailored to millennials and job advice. Upcoming talks include topics such as underemployment, tricks to saving money, and mentorships. Twitter is a Social Media channel that needs to be utilized. The above is a look at some of the popular hashtags and twitter chats that can be beneficial to you in your job search. Remember, search on Twitter for specific industries and companies you’re interested in, and see if there’s a hashtag or a twitter chat happening about it. For now, these are great places to start. I hope to chat with you soon!
You were a civilian before. You know how the world outside military works. Still, it’s really hard to transition back to it. You’ve been part of the military for so long that now all civilian job opportunities seem too complex, too simple, or too irrelevant to your skills. You’re in for a challenging mission. The employment situation for veterans has been improved over the recent years. The National Association of American Veterans provides employment and training opportunities for veterans, but you can’t expect the organization to take care of everything. You need to make your own efforts to make a smooth transition into the civilian job market. We’ll give you few tips that will help you do it. Polish Out Your Resume! Danielle Smith, a writer from EssayOnTime , explains that resumes still matter. “That’s the essential part of job applications. Most veterans don’t care for resumes too much. The medals they earned are not really applicable in the civilian job market, so they don’t know what to include. Your experience counts! The quality of the resume you write is crucial.” In the military, you were practically wearing your resume. All your military experience was visible on your uniform. Now, you have a difficult task: translate that experience into skills that are important for civilian jobs. And you’ll have to write that in an acceptable form and style. Don’t worry; there’s a lot to include in a resume, even if this is the first civilian job you’re after. You increased the efficiency of your team, you handled a huge responsibility during your service, and you were highly competitive. List all your skills and qualifications in a way that trigger the interest of a potential employer. Take Initiative Many companies are willing to hire veterans. Hilton, for example, pledged to hie 20,000 of them . However, that doesn’t mean that the job will fall into your lap. You have to take initiative. First of all, figure out what career path you want to pursue. If necessary, get the needed training. There are many online courses that enable you to gain different skills. If you’re not qualified for the jobs you want, you better start working on it. Once you have that part sorted out, you can start looking through job ads. You need a well-planned approach. Set short-term and long-term career goals and start doing whatever it takes to pursue them. Start Networking Do you have a LinkedIn profile ? If not, you should absolutely start working on it. Today! This works like your virtual portfolio. However, you won’t be submitting it along your job applications. You’ll be using it for networking. Build your network of relevant contacts! Join groups related to your interests and become an active member of those communities. If you’re good at writing, you can start publishing content on LinkedIn. That’s a great way to showcase your skills and knowledge, and attract recruiters to contact you. LinkedIn has its own job listing platform , so you can find opportunities for employment right there. Be a Civilian! Since you’re not looking for a job in the military, you don’t need a LinkedIn profile that shows you as part of that sector. Of course you’ll list that experience, but you should still show you’re ready to work as a civilian. Pick a nice photo in professional-looking clothes. If you browse through LinkedIn profiles, you’ll notice that most members choose a headshot where they smile, but don’t laugh. That’s the right way to go. Such a photo shows you as a friendly, approachable personality. You’ll show yourself as a civilian not only through the photo, but through the language you use as well. In the military, you were used to stiff, clear expressions. Now, your communication has to be much more relaxed.  Get Informed about Different Companies. Get Insights on Their Culture When you’re trying to find a job, you’re focused on matching your skills with the requirements you see. It’s not about you being worthy of the job. Remember this: it’s about the job being worthy of your skills and interests. Once you identify your goals, you’ll need to find the companies that will help you reach them. That’s where you want to work - a company that values your skills and your personality. Of course, you’ll also need to make some adjustments. Once you identify the organizations you would like to work for, you’ll need to get informed about their culture. What projects are these companies working on? What’s the vibe in the offices? You’ll easily get this information if you check the websites and social media profiles of the organizations. All of them are trying to develop a brand out of their organizational culture. When you’re applying for a job, you need to show how you’ll become a valuable addition in that community. You’ll not only do your job responsibly and professionally, but you’ll also make the office a better place to work at. Explore your hobbies and show your fun side on the resume and during interviews. Hiring managers love that!  If you do everything right on LinkedIn and you send out resumes to all the right ads, you’ll soon start getting invitations for interviews . That’s when you’ll show your interest in this company. There are few important questions you’ll get from hiring managers: What makes you the right candidate for this position? What attracted you to our company? Does your military background make you suitable for this role? You need to prepare your answers to those questions. Think what you’ll say. However, you mustn't sound like you memorized those answers. Be relaxed and spontaneous during the interviews. Respect the interviewer and don’t address them by their first name (unless they ask you to do so). Still, maintain a relatively friendly tone that presents you not as a robot from the military, but as a real person.    This journey won’t be easy. You’ll have to prove your experience in the military makes you a great fit for the civilian job you’re after. Then, the transition will follow. Your entire life will change. But hey, you’ve been through more challenging missions than that one.    Joan Selby is a content marketer and passionate blogger . Former teacher and fancy shoelover. A writer by day and reader by night. Find her on Twitter and Facebook .           
Starting a writing career in today’s world may look overwhelming, but it is not an impossible task. Thanks to the creative content being one of the essential requirements in this digital era where every single organization, brand, and business is trying to be online and attract their customers. The fact that there is never going to be a shortage of writing jobs as there are so many companies that seek the service, can be reassuring as you kick start your writing career. Although there are several ways such as searching for freelance writing jobs and working as an intern at a digital agency by which you can kick start your writing career, there are few useful tips that you can follow to make your case stronger. So if you fancy yourself as a freelancer writer, but you have no idea where to start, these tips will help you launch your writing career. 4 Easy Tips to Become a Better Writer and Start Your Career Start by building a writing portfolio The first step is to build a reputation as a writer. Remember that editors and blog owners will be interested in knowing what you have written before. Something, that was made public. In the beginning, the idea of getting started can be scary and risky since you have no previous experience you are just equipped with passion. You’re going to be behind your computer for hours putting words and thoughts out there for the rest of the world. Bloggers and editors will want to see that you have already taken the risk to become a writer. Some choose to use a blog while others look for writing platforms to develop their own portfolio. Once you have established a good reputation, you have a high chance of finding potential clients and with time you will have a great portfolio. Some may think that high GPA will get you everything you want. But when it comes to freelance writing no one cares if you graduated with a higher GPA if you don’t have the necessary experience the client can evaluate. Instead, emphasize your experience with responsibilities from military and civilian jobs. Include this in your portfolio and make it clear and straightforward. It’s a key lesson that you need to learn if you are in the military. Start generating ideas and send proposals Ideas are important when it comes to freelancing. The rule states that you need to pitch about five to ten for every article you place. If you want to be successful as a writer you need to get in touch with potential clients and explain why you’re the perfect fit for the job. Most clients ask for some samples before hiring you. Make sure you have several articles in place to use as samples if not, this is where your blog puts you up as an eligible candidate for the job. You can leave a link and invite the client to explore your blog for further insights of your skills. If you decide to send proposals, be specific on what you want to write about and why the client should hire you. Sell your skills to the editor! In the end, it’s not about quantity but it’s the originality of your ideas and how well you lay it that will sell your skills. Make sure you take your time to come up with the best ideas. Focus and start freelancing One of the easiest and proven ways to earn money while you ensure that you as a writer are on the right path is to hunt for freelance writing jobs. Reply to those ads that are relevant to your skills. If you have zero knowledge about a certain field, skip it and move on to what you are good at. Focus on your topics of interest and stick to a field that you are good at. Also, you can search for sites on the web that help you find assignments that align with your specialties. Whether you are a technical writer or an essayist – there is work for everyone. According to a recent survey, 2 out of 3 companies rely on freelance writers to get their creative work done. So, why not tap into this pool and start earning some moolah while you’re at it? A great advantage why you should focus on your work is that you get to build a reputation as an expert on writing about certain topics. This will increase your chances of being hired rather than waiting for the client to find you. Be persistent There is no achievement without hard work and persistent. Having a good portfolio and proposals don't guarantee that you will land a writing gig immediately. No. You need to be persistent. Don’t worry if you send several proposals and you don’t get any response. Keep going and sooner than later, you will find your first client who will be interested in your work. Once you complete a task and earn yourself a good rating, more offers will start trickling in and you will not have to search for them. Also, you will realize that clients are happy to work with one individual for long term projects and you will have landed a repeat client. If you send several pitches and don’t get responses after sometimes, don’t give up revisit your profile and make some improvement. Be persistent until you land a writing contract.  So, launching your writing career may seem like a daunting task at first, but these 4 easy tips will help you get started. Whether you are a beginner or an already established writer, these tips will help you improve your skills and build a good reputation. After all, writing is a profession like any other and you need to good at it. Read, write, volunteer, and freelance – and you will become a skilled writer
Hilton Hotels has announced the plan, which includes spouses, dependents and caregivers, on Wednesday. They recently completed a plan it launched in 2013 to hire 10,000 veterans It hired the most veterans in Florida, Texas and California, which all have large veteran populations, as well as Nevada, South Carolina and Hawaii. The chief human resources officer at Hilton, Matt Schuyler, said his company has developed a new coding system to match Hilton job codes with the Military Occupational Specialties code, or MOS, that's assigned to every member of the U.S. military. Thats a pretty cool deal! Here's a link to Hilton's career site to apply .
You've probaby heard this before---  You only have one chance to make a good first impression . This is especially true when you are going on the all-important first interview. Here are several tips to keep in mind in order to impress the recruiter. Be Yourself Everyone has heard this before, but often it's not put into practice. Being yourself comes across as confident and secure in who you are as a person. As a result, the person you are talking with is relaxed. Most people can spot a phony a mile away; and it's often perceived as a negative. Be Prompt Remember, the interviewer's time is valuable. Always allow extra time, particularly if you have never been to the interview location before. Ideally, do a "test run" a day or so before the interview to make sure you know where you are going. Also allow flexibility for delays such as bad traffic, weather, and other unforeseen conditions.   Appearance Does Matter People have said that it's what's on the inside that counts the most. I agree, to a point. When a person meets you for the very first time, the only thing they have to go on is your appearance. While you don't have to walk into an interview looking like you came off the red carpet, the rule of thumb is to be professionally dressed. The key to a good impression is to present yourself appropriately.  Non-verbal Communication Verbal communication only represents about 10 to 15 percent of all communication. The rest is your body language, or non-verbal communication. Use your body language to project confidence and self-assurance. Stand up straight, smile, make eye contact, and greet others with a firm handshake. This will project confidence and encourage both you and the other person to feel at ease. Smile! A smile creates a great first impression. Unfortunately, when candidates come in to an interview, they are so nervous that they forget to smile. There are several ways to overcome this. Try to relax. Think of something pleasant. Remind yourself to smile. A warm and confident smile will put both you and the other person at ease.     Attitude Is Everything If you've had a bad day, keep it out of an interview, or any situation where you would like to make a lasting and positive first impression. Remember, people can pick up on even the slightest bit of negativity, so keep it in check. If you need to vent, call a trusted friend or family member. Breathe Deeply It's normal to be nervous when coming in for an interview. Take a few deep breaths before the interview. This sends more oxygen to your brain, which will quickly relax you. Even just some meditation. will help you calm down and think more clearly.
You keep sending resumes for the jobs you want, but you’re not getting any responses? You have relevant experience and skills for those positions, but something is wrong. What’s missing? It’s time for the realization: you’re not getting the calls because the resume isn’t impressive. When writing about ourselves, we just think the content is perfect. We’re confident in our expertise and we just list dry data in the resume, thinking that the hiring manager will get the point. Camelia Moore, a resume writer from UK writing service , explains: “Dry lists of educational and work experience seem perfectly fine to most job applicants. That’s what the resume is for, after all, right? However, an experienced recruiter or hiring manager will find such a resume boring. They are looking at dozens of those applications every single day. All of the applicants seem the same. If you don’t offer something beyond the same old expressions, you won’t be noticed.” That was pretty straightforward, right? You can’t expect the cliches to work. The competition for every single position on the market is extreme. When you’re writing a resume for the military, there’s not much space for creativity. A civilian job, however, demands a more flexible approach. This is the main rule to keep in mind: don’t make the reader bored . Now, onto our main point: are there any particular cliches you should be avoiding? There sure are! We’ll list 10 expressions that can ruin your resume. Most talented person, greatest discipline, best worker Do not exaggerate! The resume should convey your skills and interests, as well as your personality. You may think you’re the best applicant, but let the hiring manager be the judge of that. After all, you have no idea who the other applicants are, so how can you claim to be the best one? Be realistic. This should be a serious resume that presents you as a true professional. Rock star I’m a rock star achiever with awesome creativity skills. Do you notice what’s wrong with that sentence? It’s not creative. People have been using phrases like kick-butt and rock star so much that they became absolute cliches. Maybe the terms would be suitable for someone applying for a job in graphic design, marketing, or another creative niche. However, even the hiring managers for those jobs are getting tired of such forced creativity.   Attention to details A detailed-oriented person or a person with great attention to details - those are phrases that you’ll find in almost every resume template. That’s exactly what’s wrong: everyone is using them. You’ll want to find a more creative way to mention your ability to notice and focus on details.  High GPA No one cares. If you just graduated, it’s okay to mention the high GPA, since you lack job experience the hiring manager can evaluate. Otherwise, just emphasize your experience with military and civilian jobs and responsibilities. Don’t put the focus on education; that’s not what most employers are interested in. Great in teamwork I am an inspired team player. I am great in teamwork with all staff levels. Just… no. This is one of the most obvious resume fillers: when you don’t know what to say, say you’re a team player. Instead of telling these things with words, you should show you’re a good team player. Just mention team projects you contributed to and explain what they taught you. Strong discipline I am a worker with strong discipline. I have strong work ethics. These phrases are not convincing. They are just statements. Instead of using them as fillers in the resume, simply explain the situations where you showed discipline and work ethics. Advanced communication skills What does it mean to have advanced communication skills , anyway? How advanced are there? Is there a scale? Skip this part. You don’t have to claim you have great communication skills. The hiring manager has the whole resume and cover letter to evaluate them. If you want to be specific, you can list experiences that put you in direct communication with different categories of people. Do you have experience in maintaining social media accounts? That’s an important communication skill to mention, too. References will be provided on request This is what this looks like in the eyes of a potential employer: “If you like what you see, make an effort to find out more about me. If not, who cares!” The hiring manager won’t appreciate being forced to ask for references. You should always provide them with your job application, just in case. Result-driven person I am a result-driven person. I’m always on schedule and I work hard to meet goals. This is a vague statement that doesn’t prove anything. Anyone could say the same thing about themselves, but that won’t make it true. This expression is present in almost all resumes that hiring managers get. It’s an obvious filler and it doesn’t make you look good. Motivated leader I am a highly motivated leader. I’ve been part of Red Cross missions since 2012. The teams that I led managed to get donations for restoring the homes of over 100 families and 400 individuals. What do you think: which one of these statements shows a motivated leader? Of course it’s the second one. The first one is a vague, egocentric statement. The second one is an example that shows. Get rid of the phrases that tell and switch them with experiences that show . That’s the main lesson to learn when you want to craft the perfect resume.   Now you know: some of the most common phrases that applicants use in resumes simply don’t work. When an employer sees such cliches, they get the impression that the applicant is boring and uncreative. The fact that such resumes are based on templates is obvious. Fortunately, you came across this article before sending the resume. If you already wrote it, polish it out and get rid of the above-listed statements. Remember: it’s always wise to get a second opinion. We can’t be absolutely unbiased when judging the quality of our own resumes.   Joan Selby is a content marketer and passionate blogger . Former teacher and fancy shoelover. A writer by day and reader by night. Find her on Twitter and Facebook .
Being targeted by more than one employer at the same time means that you’re already above average. Having multiple jobs offers to choose from is definitely a luxury, and definitely, a good thing to have in your professional life. But, the truth is that beyond the variety, the possibility to choose, and all the positive aspects that come along, the decision that you make is critical. It’ll influence your nearest future big time, so you need to make a smart choice . During today’s post, we’re going to discuss a few strategies that’ll help you make good decisions whenever you need to choose between two or more offers. Pay attention and remember to apply this in real life. Reading it and skipping it won’t get you any help.  Dig as Deep as You Can If you truly care about your future, you can never choose a job before digging deep. The first thing you need to do is scout the company as well as you can. Analyze their Facebook profile, their website, and their testimonials/reviews. Once you do that, I’d suggest going even deeper and contacting different people that have worked there before . You can get their contacts from the employer, as a good employer wouldn’t be bothered if you’d talk to his former employees. Do the same with each company, and take your time. If you move fast, you finish this process in a matter of days. The information you’ll find is definitely going to influence your decision.  Determine Your Most Important Priorities It’s very important to figure out what matters most to you. Throughout our lives, we go through different developmental processes, so we obviously have different needs. Moreover, there are many instances in which you’re forced to work because of certain issues that pop into your life. We got in touch with Reina Hutchins, HR Manager at ResumesPlanet , and asked her for a little advice: “When it comes to evaluating the factors that matter the most to you, make sure that you avoid this common mistake : Most of the times, individuals that have to choose between multiple job offers will choose the one with the highest pay. As the time goes on, even if they cash in little extra cash, they become unfulfilled with their lives. Why? Because they’re not enjoying what they’re doing. They chose money over passion, so they ended up miserable.” If the situation truly requires it and you’re obliged to generate more income, putting yourself through a rough but profitable time is not a bad idea. After all, you need to solve a problem, and the job that pays the best is your best chance of doing it.  Which Job Gives You the Most Professional Development Opportunities? Professional growth is definitely a factor that weights a lot when choosing between more jobs. Successful people understand that their career successes don’t happen overnight. It takes work, consistency, patience, and the right job. If your job doesn’t offer you enough growth opportunities, you’re going to be stuck for a portion of your life. Once you get stuck, you’ll enter a comfort zone state , and everything will seem harder. Make sure that you avoid this happening by giving yourself time to think about your possible opportunities. Define these opportunities for your own situation – how do they look like, when will they show up, and which job gives you the most chances of reaching them? I’d say that this is the biggest factor to consider, but each and every one of us is different. I believe that happiness comes with progress, and progress without opportunities is pretty hard to get.  Visually Inspect and Feel Your Future Jobs In order to get a better understanding of what would it mean to work at Job X or Job Z, you need to imagine yourself working there already. Start to imagine the things around you. Think about the people that’ll be there, imagine your boss, and try to feel what you would feel if you were actually sitting in that place. Do this with each job, and take your time to actually enter that state. Our brains cannot differentiate the real from the imaginary. We believe it does, but it actually doesn’t . That means that we can actually trick it into believing something that we want to believe and use the results when choosing the best offer. Now, in order for this to be efficient, you need to do your homework and dig deeper into what each company does and how each company looks like from the inside. If you do not hold this information in your brain, it’ll be real hard to actually visualize and feel the job. Conclusion Making the right choice is essential for a faster and more efficient professional growth. It’s always important to take the time to think, judge, analyze, and ultimately decide what you want to do with your life. These situations should never be neglected, as they represent critical and fast changes in your lifestyle. With time, you’ll get better at it. The 5 th time you’re choosing between jobs you’ll already know what to do, and you’ll do it
You decided to get a job in the civil sector? This is an important transition you’re making. It will change your entire lifestyle. Before you get to that point, though, you have to apply to jobs. Although the process seems easy, it’s trickier than you anticipate. There’s growing competition in every sector. You have to prove yourself as a person who will be a valuable addition to the specific organization you’re aiming for. Big bosses want only outstanding workers. You would have the same approach if you had your own company, right? The resume is pretty straightforward. Monica Daniels from BestEssays explains: “Although creative resumes are a big trend, the information you put there stays the same. You share your job experience, education, and skills. The cover letter, on the other hand, allows for greater flexibility. It lets you show your personality. That’s why it’s an important part of the job application process.” There is no certain recipe for writing an impeccable cover letter. However, there are few approaches that will help you make it attractive. Today, we’ll focus on 5 important tips you should keep in mind when writing your cover letter. Try them and don’t forget to share your impressions.   Make It Personal   Why do employers need cover letters, anyway? - They want to understand your personality. Each organization has a unique vibe. A hiring manager wants to see how you would fit into that culture. The resume gives some hints, but it’s not enough for an employer to form an impression about your personality. That’s why you have to pay close attention to the way you write the cover letter. “Make it personal.” That sounds like a simple tip, right? In reality, it’s not an easy thing to do. Think of a particular experience that can impress the employer. Since you’re a veteran, you must have tons of such events to share. Pick one and explain how you acted as a disciplined, reliable person. Show your creativity, too. It’s okay to use vivid language and exaggerate a tiny bit. However, it’s never okay to lie. A hiring manager can notice when a cover letter is written with passion. A lie never sounds passionate. Don’t tell; show ! The experience you share should show what kind of person you are. You can’t say “I am a responsible, kind, and communicative person” in a cover letter and expect an interview. Don’t get too emotional. That’s an extreme you want to avoid.     Make a Point   A hiring manager doesn’t have too much time to spend with a single cover letter. They will probably give you less than 5 minutes, so the letter should make a clear point during that time. You’ll achieve that goal through clarity, brevity, and relevance. Keep the cover letter within a single page. The sole glance at a long letter discourages a hiring manager. Grab the attention with the introduction. Don’t make it vague. Get straight to the point and explain what makes you better than other applicants. Don’t repeat the same things from your resume. The hiring manager will use the resume to get information about your experience and skills. Remember the first tip? The cover letter is all about your personality.   Make It Flawless   You have to edit the letter before sending the application. A single flaw in grammar, spelling, or sentence structure will ruin the impression. The wrong choice of words is also problematic. Maybe this position has nothing to do with writing, but your writing skills convey your intelligence, professionalism, and attention to detail. Start with the big picture. Are there any gaps in your story? Maybe you went overboard somewhere? Did you make a clear point? Once you’re sure the content is okay, pay attention to the grammar. You don’t want too much passive voice in your text. Whenever possible, change those points with active voice. Make it readable. Get rid of complicated words and cut on the adjectives. Clear, straightforward expression makes you look like a true professional. You already learned that lesson in the military, didn’t you. If you can’t handle the editing part, you can always hire an online service to do that for you.   Send It Via Email   Most ads leave you with two choices: send the application via email or apply directly through the organization’s website. Email is better. First of all, you’ll be sure you sent the application and nothing went wrong with the system. If you get no answer, you can send a follow-up message in the same thread, so the hiring manager will immediately see your resume. The email also makes it easy for the HR department. All recruiters know how to use email, but the system at the website may be new to them. They are used to getting email messages, so it’s okay to stick to tradition.   Send the Cover Letter in the Message, and the Resume in the Attachment   Your first instinct will tell you to attach both the cover letter and resume in the email message. You should do that only if the ad specifically tells you to do so. If not, it’s better to copy and paste the content of your cover letter in the body of your message, and attach the resume along. If you send two attachments, the hiring manager will probably go straight to the resume. If it’s not impressive, they won’t even proceed to the cover letter. If they see a great cover letter first, though, they will approach the resume with positive mindset. The cover letter is a short presentation of yourself. Don’t forget to include a signature with all your contact information in this message, so it will be easy for the hiring manager to reach you. An awesome cover letter can save even a mediocre resume. That’s why you want them to see it first. Plus, this method saves you from thinking: “What on earth should I write in the body of this message if I attach both documents?” Are You Ready? Take the cover letter very seriously. For some hiring managers, it’s the most important part of the application. They should see a person they would like to interview. It’s your chance to convey your great personality through it. Hopefully, the tips above will help you make a good impression.   Joan Selby is a content marketer and passionate blogger . Former teacher and fancy shoelover. A writer by day and reader by night. Find her on Twitter and Facebook .        
It is absolutely amazing how much our military and our veterans do and have done for our country. They continue to serve us daily with a great love for their country. Veterans have a rich history in our country, for which you can read more here , but they are also making history every day out in the workforce. Many vets face challenges when it comes to integrating into the civilian workforce. They have a wide set of skills, and some that simply do not transfer over. For example, Marine Corps engineers like Christopher Pascale (author of War Poems) are great at looking for roadside bombs, but that is not something most interviewers can appreciate in terms of him being a great banker or salesman - two jobs that don't make the list for vets in general. However, there are some terrific jobs for veterans. Teaching Most veterans are comfortable talking in front of crowds. This comes from having to speak up frequently in groups of 30 or more. Some give what are called "hip pocket classes," which are impromptu courses on a subject they have either prepared, or are knowledgeable about, such as patrolling, weapons safety, or how to save for retirement. Government Administration As veterans rise up in the NCO and officer ranks they have to do paperwork. Some makes things more efficient, and others don't. However, they understand that following the process in place is the first step toward being able to understand it, and maybe making it more efficient. While most people would hate government admin work, and would also hate the pay scale this would be different for veterans. Veterans would understand the process, be used to the concept of being in a job that will keep them from being poor - even if they'll never be rich - and will also appreciate benefits like accumulating large amounts of sick and leave time, which starts at a total of 26 days per year! Management With just 1-2 years in the military veterans are given some kind of experience as a fire team leader in charge of 3 other people. What's more, veterans are used to having team members that they cannot fire, and therefore have to help be better. Student After spending between 4-30 years doing many things they may not have wanted to veterans fully embrace the idea of studying what they want in school. Add in the GI Bill that pays their tuition, and then pays them tax-free cash, and the incentive is even bigger. This is likely why veterans have higher GPAs than their classmates. There are many opportunities for veterans in the workforce. While some will make fantastic lawyers, accountants, and engineers we believe these professions will suit them extremely well.