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Returning to civilian life after the service in the military is a challenge every veteran must face. In many cases, this challenge is added to with both physical and psychological wounds – the legacy of the warfare experience. One of the recent investigations into issues facing veterans and military families is the report produced by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), which provided a number of alarming...
Earning a paycheck and pursuing a career can be two very different things. If you aren't advancing in your line of work you'll inevitably start feeling frustrated. Many people are so focused on doing a good job that they don't realize competence just isn't enough. In fact, that's what's expected of you. Advancing your career is about taking advantage of opportunities, even if you have to make them yourself. Here are some ways to...
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 we’re before. So, then what you ask yourself? How are you going to fix this mess by yourself? Well, take a deep breath and relax because it really isn’t that hard. Making a Plan Now if...
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,...
As a veteran considering starting a business, you may hear conflicting opinions about writing a business plan. Why even write a business plan? There are certainly many excuses not to write one: They’re more trouble than they’re worth… It seems like a writing exercise that’s a waste of time… Nobody reads them anyway… etc. etc. These are notions many entrepreneurs and business owners share about business...
The toughest part about getting out of the army and finding a fresh job is the knowledge that no matter what work you get, you're starting from scratch. Countless companies have no idea how much work capability the military gives you, so you should assume to be considered an amateur. What Do Civilian Employers Look for in Veteran Applicants?   Companies are looking for problem-solving capability, resilience, a strong...
Are you a veteran who has left the service within the past year or so? That is great. Veterans of all kinds provide a great service to the United States and other countries and your service is very much appreciated. That said, what many veterans don’t realize is the importance of maintaining emotional wellbeing as a newly released veteran. So here are 25 emotional wellbeing strategies for veterans to help you for the rest of your life....
Choosing a direction for your professional life can be challenging, especially for veterans. Most military vets are disciplined, proven leaders, but skills learned in the military don’t always translate to easily understood  civilian terminology . Some employers also may worry about issues like possible future deployments and the ease of adapting to a corporate culture after long military service. Despite the obstacles,...
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...
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...
So, you are thinking of enlisting in the military. That is wonderful. You will serve your country and benefit greatly from your service throughout your life. However, military service is a serious thing and there are many questions that should be asked prior to your enlistment papers being filed. Here are just 20 of those all-important questions. What Does My Chosen Military Branch Require for Enlistment? All branches of the...
After a career serving your country in the armed forces, you may be unsure of what to do next. Your experience and years of service can be put to use in a rewarding second career. Each of these three satisfying life paths allows you to make the most of the skills and experience you developed while also allowing you to learn more and continue to help others. Helping Others in Your Community If you have reached the retirement age for...