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You’re probably familiar with the phrase: "You can’t get a job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job." This impossible riddle is frustrating to promising candidates who are trying their best to break into the workforce. Obviously, everyone has to start somewhere. People don’t pop into the workforce with 10 years of related experience in every field. It’s possible to find workarounds...
Up to 49% of veterans struggle to find  employment in their preferred line of work  after leaving the military. For most, this is simply because they fail to find a job at the level they want.  Some lack sufficient training  and experience, while others just don’t have enough information on how to get going. Animal-related jobs do not often feature high on the list of veterans’ post-military options....
If you are a veteran looking for a job opening, you have probably asked yourself one question: what makes me special when compared with other candidates with different backgrounds? You also might be thinking that other people may have more experience than you because your primary occupation for the past years was military-related. Well, you should not worry much because you have many advantages over others just because of your...
On average,  18-22 veterans commit suicide every day  and almost 50,000 veterans are homeless in the United States. These numbers are shocking because serving your country teaches veterans so much: values, ethics, duty, obedience, and strength to name a few. Many veterans, however, experience physical disabilities , substance abuse, lack of opportunities when reintegrating into society, and family problems. These issues are...
Your fave threads might just not be the right thing to wear to that interview ! How you present yourself during an interview can impact your success as much as the information on your resume, and showing up dressed inappropriately is an easy way to get off on the wrong foot. In today’s more casual work environment, interviews for military veteran jobs don’t necessarily require a suit and tie or dress and heels. That...
If your company has a goal to hire military veterans, one way to achieve this objective is to earmark certain jobs for military vets. Doing this will enable you to focus your recruitment activities on filling those positions from the ranks of available veterans, helping you to avoid compromising your principles in times when it’s difficult to find the right workers. Here are some ways to do this effectively.  Look for a...
Building your own business up from the ground is a labor of love, a generator of great pride, and a good payday. According to US News, the average business manager  will earn $76,000 per year , a hefty chunk above the median. As a veteran, applying the skills you’ve developed to having your own patch is a great way to continue your own development and build a career on shore. One of the best industries for veterans to get into?...
As somebody with a military background, you are uniquely positioned to help civilian businesses . The training you received, as well as your military experience, make you well suited for a wide variety of  jobs for veterans . However, unlike in the military, not everyone in private business has a single focus and shared background .   Any given workplace will probably have people who seek to create drama or try to...
Everywhere you look these days, you read or hear about the staffing shortages caused by the pandemic. Unemployment is at an all-time low, yet companies can’t get the personnel they need. Companies previously committed to hiring veterans because of their strong leadership skills, robust teamwork approach, and ability to follow instructions have found themselves struggling to fill positions.    Reasons for the Staffing...
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...