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Bunker Labs Seattle Empowers Veteran Entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest

In the military, a bunker is a harbor from the melee of combat. It is a place to regroup, to strategize and to rehearse a plan of action. It contains resources, a point of reference and camaraderie in times of duress. It’s a place where servicemen and women lean on one another, and in doing so become intimately acquainted with the value of a network. ...




Encouraging Warriors to Take the Next Step

The conflicts of the post-9/11 era are the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has attempted to fight extended wars with an all-volunteer force. During this era, more than 2.7 million service members deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, with almost 40 percent of them belonging to the National Guard and Reserves. ...




8 Skills Military Veterans Bring to the Workplace

Veterans add incredible value to the workplace. A former member of the Armed Forces has a unique and powerful skillset that can greatly benefit any company they work for — and we’ve seen it in action at MetLife.
 
Here are eight reasons why veterans can improve a variety of work environments. ...




After Service: 3 Routes to a Civilian Career

Making the transition from the military to a civilian career takes plenty of planning. As the adage goes, failing to plan is planning to fail.Here are three routes to get you where you want to go:    Return to school. One option is to obtain — or finish — your degree or professional certifications, whether at college or vocational school. ...




Veterans have a tough transition from military to office

For anyone who has recently left the military, it can be a tough moment when it’s time to take off the uniform. It feels as if part of your identity comes off with you.“It can feel psychologically devastating,” says Army veteran Richard Jones. But it is something that you can triumph over and a point from which you can find new heights, according to Jones. ...




3 Low-Key Job Opportunities Perfect Following A Tour Of Duty

Once your latest tour of duty is over and you’re ready to resume civilian life, you’ll probably be thinking about employment. The transition can be a bumpy one, but you’re probably not looking for something responsibility-heavy once you leave the military. ...




Transitioning from Military to Civilian: The Unique Challenges of Female Veterans

All veterans returning home from long periods in service face a range of difficult challenges. From narrowing opportunities to trouble feeling a sense of belonging, female veterans face everything their male counterparts do…and more.
Military service is demanding, but returning to civilian life has its own unique brand of challenges. ...




How to Write a Goodbye Email to Your Coworkers

After you quit your job, your goodbye email to your coworkers has the power to set the tone for your tenure, your departure, and your farewell happy hour drinks at 5.Leaving with your best face forward is a balancing act between:    not saying too much about how excited you are, to avoid resentment    saying just enough about what you’re doing next, to inspire jealousy    and saying more than enough about how awesome your team is, so you’ll be remembered as generous and kindWith this in mind, here’s a proven 8-step formula for writing your goodbye email. ...




Ready to serve: Businesses find vets are dedicated, capable

 Clinton Smith hires veterans because he knows military service has helped them become dedicated and hard-working staffers."When you say, 'I need you to do this right now,' they get it done and get it done well," says Smith, a former Marine who is CEO of Government & Civil Employee Services, a financial planning company in the western Pennsylvania borough of Indiana. ...




If you want a raise, try taking a vacation

In 2016, Americans forfeited 206 million vacation days. That means that workers lost $66.4 billion worth of benefits and, according to a new study from Project: Time Off, they are likely missing out on much more, too.Americans used to understand the importance of getting away from the office. ...