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  • What's My Sense of Purpose?

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    A veteran I'll call Bob has a good job as a branch manager of a successful company and a loving wife and children. Yet when we met 15 months ago through the ACP website, he was struggling with personal issues related to transitioning out of the Army. Bob recently recalled my assurance then that civilian jobs serve a purpose when he wrote, "I'm still lacking the sense of purpose I had in Iraq and Kosovo and could really use a fresh point ... more

  • Interview Tips: Asking Questions

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    Question: In a Technical/Computer interview, what are the best questions to ask? I know salary and benefits are taboo. Answer: Hello Mark, You will be able to adapt this advice to your technical/computer interviews. At some point, usually at the conclusion of the interview, you may be asked, "Do you have any questions?"  A common answer to this question is, "No, I think you've covered everything very well."  This is the wrong ... more

  • 7 Rules for a Successful Interview

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    #1 – Make a Great First Impression First impressions are critical to a successful job interview, and most employers know if you're a good fit within the first several minutes of meeting. Important elements of a first impression include your attire, smile, handshake, eye contact, posture, attitude, communication style, and introduction or elevator speech. Be ready: you only get one chance to make a positive first impression. #2 – Answer... more

  • Six Personality Traits of a Leader

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    There are dozens of personal traits that can affect leadership and some, namely integrity and character, that are absolute. But in many years of experience, I have observed that the way leaders develop and deploy the eight know-hows is influenced by a handful of them: ambition, drive and tenacity, self-confidence, psychological openness, realism and an insatiable appetite for learning. These personal traits manifest in many different ways.... more

  • 12 Steps to Job Fair Success

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    Picture this: Gathered together at a central location are two distinct groups of people. On one side of the curtain are dozens of job seekers. On the other side are representatives of organizations with hundreds of jobs to fill. The job seekers are there because a large group of hungry employers are in attendance and the recruiters are there because they have openings and expect to find an impressive talent pool. What you witness when th... more

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