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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

Top 5 Ways to Find a Career Sponsor

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The majority of open positions in today's job market are filled through networking. In other words, hiring managers are connected to candidates though their trusted networks before the positions are even made public or posted online. This is where transitioning veterans need the most help. Service members are completely isolated from the civilian job market during their active service and severely lack the professional connections that ... more

Military Skills Translator: Navy Master at Arms

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If you're a Navy Master at Arms (MA) looking for a job, check out your skills and the civilian jobs they're suited for, based on the MOS Skills Translator. Navy, Ma, Master at Arms One of the biggest barriers to searching for jobs is understanding how the skills you learned in the military translate to the civilian workforce. features a powerful tool that breaks down the unique abilities inherent to any military occ... more

Is Entrepreneurship Right for Your Next Career?

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Q: I've been applying for jobs since leaving the military, but I keep wondering if I should open my own company. How can I know if entrepreneurship is right for me? A: I'm not one who believes you are "born" an entrepreneur–that it's in your blood and you'll never be happy until you own your own business. I spent 20 years in corporate America before I ever considered the idea of being my own boss. And I picked the worst economic climate and p... more

Top 10 Networking Etiquette Tips

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Etiquette is just plain good manners and common courtesy. Successful business relationships, just like successful personal relationships, rely on this. However, veterans tend to have some difficulty adjusting from the military culture of strict military bearing to a civilian professional culture which can be much more gray and undefined. Below are some general guidelines and networking principles that will help you adjust to the civilian... more

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