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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...
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...
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...
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...
People have mixed feelings about wearing a uniform to work. Some love the ease of it and how you do not have to think about what to wear when you have a uniform. Others hate not being able to express their individuality. Whatever your feelings are about wearing a military uniform there will come a day when you have to take it off—for good. Life After Uniformed Service Regardless of the job you performed while...
When you’re on your way to make the transition from the military to the civilian sector, things are not easy for you. Everything is different. You were used to discipline. You had things planned. Now, people tell you to relax. When you attend an interview, the hiring managers want part of your personality. “Military” behavior can make you look stiff. How do you pass a job interview when you’re competing against more...
In the military, you didn't have to negotiate your salary - or keep quiet about what it was. Fitting in with coworkers can be difficult at the best of times, but for military veterans who recently returned from active service, it can reach a whole new level of awkward. After being in an environment where their actions could determine life or death for someone, landing a veteran’s job in a company where the most action takes...
Civilians often ask veterans different questions about their military experience. While many of the questions are pretty much straightforward and easy to answer, some may be a bit difficult to answer. Why? There are many reasons for that. For example, some civilians lack an understanding of how to better approach veterans. If you are asked difficult questions that you’re not comfortable answering, read below to know how you can...
While you’re in the midst of finals and term papers, it’s hard to see past graduating college. It may feel like once you’ve passed all of your exams and received your degree, the hard part is over. However, this is unfortunately not always the case. Most people are in college and pushing themselves to succeed with one goal in mind – getting their foot on the career ladder and landing their dream job. This means that...
Serving the country means you must sacrifice time with loved ones which can be extremely difficult. It can also mean leaving a job you love when you are deployed. Returning from a deployment can be difficult. In some cases, the job you held may no longer be available or you may be unable to focus on your work after dealing with the stress of a deployment to a war-torn foreign country. These four tips can help you refocus and not only...