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  • How to Focus Your Job-Hunt Marketing

    Why You Need to Learn to Hate Vanilla

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    Tell me if this situation makes sense. Your car breaks down and you have it towed to your mechanic. A couple of hours later he calls and you ask, “Can you fix it?” Responding, he says, “I have 10 years experience repairing Fords and eight years experience fixing Hondas.” But that didn't answer your question. Shouldn't he have told you what the problem is and how he’s going to fix it? Most job-hunters make this same mistake. How to Focus Your Job-Hunt Marketing

    Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

    Last week I coached a veteran who hasn't gotten any traction with this job-hunt. He’s decided to relocate because he sees better job prospects in a different place. Yet, the state where he lives now outpaces the rest of the country in job growth. His target Read More
  • How to Identify the Source of Your Struggles

    Who Are Your Strong Allies for a Smooth Transition?

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    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Korach – Numbers 16:1-18:32 Unlike the military, the civilian world does not have one culture. Each service branch has distinctions. But, they're more similar than different. Many subcultures make up American society. They diverge, even clash. None of them match the military. Sometimes transitioning feels like living in a foreign country. If the stakes weren’t so high, you could be forgiven for throwing your hands up and declaring the situation hopeless. And it’s not just finding a job. How to Identify the Source of Your Struggles

    The Many Faces of Reintegration

    After getting a job, the challenges keep mounting. You have to adapt to a new workplace culture. Then your marriage and family need to adjust to different dynamics. Compound that with daily strife and divisiveness. In the military, Read More
  • The Bottom Line on the Value of Your Military Skills

    Do You Know Which Are More Valuable in the Private Sector?

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    Pilot or aircraft maintainer – who has the more valuable job? Most people say the pilot. After all, the cost to get a military pilot through basic flight training is $1 million. It can cost as much as $9 million to reach operational effectiveness. I’ve based these figures on a 1999 study . The most recent I could find. Since it costs perhaps $200,000 to train a maintainer, most people must be right. Except they're wrong. The Bottom Line on the Value of Your Military Skills

    Cost Doesn't Translate into Value

    Early in my real estate career, I learned cost and value don’t connect. A couple had spent $25,000 remodeling their kitchen. But when I appraised their house it added only $15,000 to its value. Oops! We want to believe that when something costs a lot it Read More
  • How Nonconformity Can Improve Your Job Prospects

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    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Shelach – Numbers 13:1-15:41 The military values conformity. Look no further than uniforms, right? Each service branch has its values, hymn, and customs that create a cohesive identity. At times you can feel suffocated by the need to fit in. How Nonconformity Can Improve Your Job Prospects

    America’s Love-Hate Relationship with Conformity

    From her earliest days, our Republic has been ambivalent about nonconformists. Despite many colonials being religious dissenters, most colonies had an official church. Only Rhode Island was founded on the principle of religious pluralism. From such an irresolute beginning, nonconformity has seeped into the American character. Teenagers rebel against their parents. The ubiquity of tattoos speaks to a desire for individuality. Yet, because rebellion by teenagers is commonplace, non-rebellious ones feel forced to conform. Sailors feel pressured to get a tattoo since everyone else in Read More
  • Do You Know the Best Factor for Predicting an Easy Transition?

    Veterans Who Do This Are 50% More Likely to Reintegrate with Ease

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    What do you think would make your transition to civilian life easier? A lot of veterans think a college degree is a key ingredient. But the best factor has five times the impact of a college degree. Do You Know the Best Factor for Predicting an Easy Transition-

    The Biggest Factors

    The Pew Research Center did a study. It examined the impact of 18 demographic and attitudinal factors on veteran reintegration. Six of them predict a more difficult time adjusting. They include having suffered emotional trauma or a physical injury, serving in combat or post 9/11, and knowing someone killed or injured. All present profound challenges. But you can’t erase them. Your path to a successful civilian life must travel the road of reconciliation. The only variable negative factor is your marital status. Being married Read More
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