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Living from paycheck to paycheck (or not having a paycheck at all) can be extremely stressful to a senior veteran, particularly since it can increase the prevalence of homelessness, a very unfortunate reality for more than 1.4 million at-risk veterans. Veteran’s Day is a behind us for this year, and once again America honored the more than 20 million veterans who have served the nation.  Unfortunately, putting your life on...
Does LinkedIn seem confusing or overwhelming? I get it. You definitely didn’t need a LinkedIn profile when you decided to serve, but it’s an important tool for you in the civilian world. It’s also an excellent resource for networking and job searching. Recruiters and hiring managers use this as one of their main resources to pre-screen job applicants so it’s time to make a profile or update your current one. I have...
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...
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...
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...