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Wall Between Civilians, Vets Biggest Obstacle to Employment


Yet even with motivated employers, there are sometimes problems getting up to speed with a new military hiree due to differences between military culture and civilian culture "There is a fear of asking the wrong question [about the military]," Casey said. "So people ask nothing." That leads to awkward moments at work. Casey offered the example of the manager who was worried that his new veteran employee might have PTSD because the ... more

Business Training for Troops Impacted by Cuts

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In the military, service members put service above self, which can result in veterans having a hard time learning to make themselves stand out from other job applicants when transitioning to the private sector. It's a challenge Derek Blumke, who  has transitioned from Airman to student to executive and back again, knows well. Now Blumke is using the leadership skills he learned in the Air Force as the Vice President of Veterans and Mil... more

10 Most Endangered Jobs in 2014

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When transitioning out of the military, it's important to think about your future career options. Some people choose jobs they're passionate about, some choose a career with high earning potential, and some take whatever they can get. If you're completely unsure about what to pick, think about careers with staying power. You might not have considered it, but there are a lot of industries around that are prone to going away, and taking eve... more

Top 10 Jobs in Healthcare that Don't Need a Degree

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If you're about to transition or already have, picking the right civilian industry to join is a critical step to take. The career you set yourself up for will affect your livelihood for years to come. There are many ways to choose an industry, but one easy way to think about it is to pick a career that experiences job growth.  According to sources like, the healthcare industry is experiencing growth. Not only do jobs in this in... more

5 Tips for Discharged Service Members

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The Pentagon is laying off thousands of soldiers, including those currently serving abroad in Afghanistan, as part of the planned drawdown of forces. If you're a soldier who received a pink slip, my heart goes out to you. I couldn't have imagined coming back from a long patrol in Afghanistan and being told that I would be discharged upon my return home. What an empty, irresolute feeling that must be in a time when soldiers need steadfas... more

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