Tag Archives: veterans

Transitioning Military Sell Your Talent Not Your Title

There’s a lot of PR going on right now around the topic of veteran hiring. Private organizations are picking up on the terrific talent pool coming out of the armed forces and many even have specific outreach programs designed to attract recently separated military personnel. Let’s be clear though, no one will hire us because we are veterans, they will hire us because we have something to offer their company.

If you’re still on active duty, look around your unit (if you’ve recently separated think back to your last one). Do you believe everyone in that group was equally talented?  We as veteran job seekers can be quick to point…

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Defense Roundup: Budget Deal Breaks Faith with Service Members and Retirees, Contractors Report High PTSD Rates, Little Care

Ryan-Murray Deal Hits Younger, Future Military Retirees

Tom Philpott, Stars and Stripes. The shocking news last week was that in a bizarre twist, Republicans and Democrats came together and actually agreed to something. Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray announced late Tuesday a surprising compromise budget proposal that takes out much of the damaging sequestration uncertainty while avoiding many of the larger issues that still linger. As the agreement was looked at closer, many saw things to like and things to worry about. Overall the Pentagon is happy to have some certainty in their budget and a return to a normal process of managing their programs. By Thursday,

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Empathy for Veterans and Recruiters

Many veterans on the job hunt get frustrated because they feel like potential employers don’t understand or appreciate their experiences. While this is often true, we have to remember that empathy goes both ways. Service members also need to find ways to understand the unique constraints that recruiters, hiring managers, and supervisors find themselves in when dealing with veterans in the workforce. Bridging the culture gap takes more than just finding newer and (often times louder) ways to tell our side of the story, the empathy that we need comes from understanding where the other side is coming from.

Imagine if a civilian technical representative were assigned to your active…

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Defense Roundup: Pentagon Budget Cuts, Scammers Targeting VA, Navy Scandals

Cuts to AFN, Closing Stars and Stripes on Pentagon Budget Table

Stars and Stripes. As the Pentagon looks to trim its budget, all options are on the table. That includes the venerable Stars and Stripes, not only a ScoutComms favorite for its veterans coverage but also the paper of record for troops in the trenches since the Civil War. Stripes’ publisher is being asked for information about how it spends its $7.8 million DoD subsidy and has been asked to provide potential funding scenarios to the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office. Senators McCain and McCaskill, two powerful voices on the Senate Armed Services Committee, have already stated their strong…

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Defense Roundup: Veterans Increasingly Orange Blooded, New Navy Scandals That You Can Talk to Your Mom About

Defense Industry Layoffs Picking Up Steam

Sandra Erwin (@nationaldefense), National Defense Magazine. The defense industry is shedding jobs after a slight lull in the pace thanks to years of downsizing in anticipation of coming budget cuts. For the last five years an estimated 160,000 jobs have been cut from the defense industry and this year will push that number substantially higher. A new report by consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas says that about 30,000 jobs have been eliminated so far in 2013 and represents a pace that will exceed last year’s losses by over 30%. Aircraft manufacturing alone is down approximately 10,000 jobs in the last 12 months and…

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