Social Media 101: How You Can Effectively Leverage This Online Phenomenon To Brand Yourself

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are all social media outlets used primarily as platforms for interactive communities to share current happenings. Society has typically viewed the use of these sites for entertainment purposes, but I propose that military job seekers approach them as “networking resources.” Think of them as online résumés! Let’s begin with the more… Read more »

Get noticed by Most Valuable Employer (MVE) for Military® award finalists

Studies have shown veterans to be overrepresented not only among the ranks of leading CEOs, but also able to survive almost twice as long on the job and outperform the stock market’s main benchmark index.  It’s no wonder companies with a military hiring program have a significant competitive advantage. Despite the nation’s economic outlook (which… Read more »

The Civilian Hiring Process Explained

I recently posted an article on the launch of a new weapon is the transitioning military job seekers’ arsenal – Earlier this month, M2B founder Tom Pappas, former Army officer and current business leader, blogged about the fundamentals of the civilian hiring process. His article, Understand the New Hire Process: the Business Recruitment Process… Read more »

The Portable Employee

Judy,’s popular guest writer and resident expert on the talents of veterans and corporate America, offers military job seekers insight on the evolving nature of civilian career paths in today’s job market.  While veterans are used to advancing vertically, today’s workforce is advancing outwardly.  Surprisingly, veterans  may be even better equipped to adapt to this… Read more »

Don’t let social media derail your job search

Do you have “linkbait” on your Facebook page to a gross YouTube clip or, even worse, to articles affirming your stance on polarizing political issues? If so,  please realize that you have a 50/50 chance of offending a potential employer. At the very least, they probably won’t find an annoying stupid human trick funny or agree… Read more »

New Year, New Job: Resolve to Invigorate Your Military Resume and Job Search

Like it or not, 2010 is here. Whether you’ve been pounding the job search pavement for months or your military retirement looms on the distant horizon, there is no better time to rethink, or start thinking about, your job search strategy and military resume. Make it your New Year’s resolution to establish an up-to-date job… Read more »

Ask for a Reference, Not a Job

Avoid the awkwardness of asking a network contact for a job by asking them for a reference instead.  It’s tempting for military job seekers preparing for the military to civilian transition to employ a script similar to the following: “Hello Joe.  I am getting out of the military soon… Are you hiring?” The only thing more… Read more »

Volunteering Brings New Contacts to Military Job Seekers

Volunteering brings new contacts, skill sets, and opportunities for work experience to transitioning military job seekers. If you’re looking for work, consider volunteering as an integral part of your job-search strategy. Consider the benefits: Volunteering looks great on a military resume. It compensates for gaps in your work history while you are transitioning from the… Read more »

I’m Getting Out of the Military… Now What? (as Featured on

I recently wrote an article for JibberJobberUSA entitled, “I’m Getting Out of the Military… Now What?” It features advice to help military job seekers transition into real jobs, specifically translating military experience, structuring a job search plan of attack, and taking advantage of free military job search assistance and resources. The following is an excerpt:… Read more »

A Call to Action: 10 Strategies to Get a Job

As a Certified Professional Resume Writer, I receive Spotlight, the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches newsletter. In July’s issue, I came across a timely article by Jay Block entitled, “Provide your Clients with an Employment GPS”. In it, Block emphasizes the necessity of a “strategic written employment plan” complete with a highly-structured… Read more »