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Does Certification Help You Get a Better Job?

As a new professional looking for your first job experience straight after graduation, you’ve probably heard that earning certain certifications can help you get a job. However, these tests are costly and time-consuming, and some people report that the certification did nothing to help them land the job of their dreams. ...




5 Rookie Career Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

A college grad — let’s call him Paul — was eager to make a great impression in his first job. But when he inevitably made his first mistake, he couldn’t take the letdown in stride and it cost him his job.
 
During the interview process, Paul had been well-spoken and had seemed motivated to start his career in sales, says Cheri Spets Farmer, a longtime manager and current digital and sales training consultant. ...




Your Complete Guide to a Successful Job Interview

Congratulations, you've landed a job interview. Now what?
 
Whether it's your first, 15th or 100th time interviewing, it's important to be prepared if you want to succeed. From your initial contact with the hiring manager to following up after your meeting, here's everything you need to know to ace your next job interview. ...




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. ...