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  • How to Avoid a Second Job-Hunt in a Year

    Are You Prioritizing Job Satisfaction?

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    Recently I saw a post in a LinkedIn veterans group. The person asked what he should do now that he’d hit every job board. He didn’t mention the kind of job he wanted. And his scattergun approach shows he didn’t prepare much for entering civilian life. A second job-hunt looms on his horizon even though he doesn’t have his first post-military job. How to Avoid a Second Job-Hunt in a Year

    Did the Military Challenge You?

    Two-thirds of veterans find the transition to civilian life difficult. Finding a job ranks at the top of the list of challenges. Forty percent of veterans experience unemployment for at least six months. Yet, almost half of enlisted people leave their first job within 12 months. Thirty-one percent do so within six months. So, in the first couple of years post-military, many veterans work Read More
  • How to Use Military Practices to Overcome Despair

    Train to Handle Problems Before They Arise

    2 minutes to read

    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Emor – Leviticus 21:1-24:23

    Practicing to Defeat G-d’s Plan?

    Angles and dangles constitute one of the more bizarre exercises onboard a Navy ship. At first, they applied to a submarine’s seaworthiness, tested by diving and surfacing at 30-degree angles. A surface ship maneuvers through high-speed turns until the deck leans over close to the point of capsizing. All crewmembers not working the ship stay in their bunks to avoid injury. How to Use Military Practices to Overcome Despair On its face, putting a ship in such danger as training seems crazy. What if the quartermaster (the sailor who steers the ship) makes a mistake and capsizes it? But the crew needs to gain experience conning the ship. Better to get it under controlled circumstances than in the eye of a hurricane. Read More
  • How to Have the Security of a High-Paying Job

    Have You Absorbed the Most Important Lesson of Military Life?

    1-½ minutes to read Training makes our military second to none. Sometimes equipment doesn’t always measure up. Other times intelligence gaps make completing a mission tough. But rugged conditioning and practice prepare us to overcome all obstacles and prevail. It’s a shame that we don’t take the same approach when getting ready for civilian life. How to Have the Security of a High-Paying Job

    Training Trumps Information

    Imagine you’ve just arrived at Fort Benning, MCRD, Great Lakes, or JBSA-Lackland. After checking in, the drill instructors tell you to jump on the Internet. It’s time to learn how to become a Soldier, Marine, Sailor, or Airman. You’d think they were nuts, right? Adapting to military life took more than information. There’s a world of difference between reading a manual on firing the M4 Carbine and actually training in its use. Read More
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  • How to Negotiate Salary Using Your Military Pay

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    Stories of service members needing food stamps abound. I’m not downplaying people with financial struggles. But there seems to be a view that poverty in the military is widespread. This lowers expectations about the salaries veterans should get in the private sector. People think someone using government help to make ends meet should be happy to make $15 per hour. How do you turn this handicap to a benefit when you negotiate salary?
    How to Negotiate Salary Using Your Military Pay

    Knowing Your ECS - Equivalent Civilian Salary Can Get You Higher Pay in the Private Sector

    The Truth About Military Pay

    Most people outside the military don’t understand how our pay works. For junior enlisted, often base pay represents only half or two-thirds of their cash compensation. So even if an HR person checks military pay tables, she’s likely to come up with too Read More
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