It is hard to imagine that you could travel halfway around the world to a combat zone for your country, and then have trouble finding employment when you come back. But that is the reality for U.S. military service members who leave the armed forced and look for civilian work. Employers don't understand how a job-seeker's military career translates to the civilian workforce. That's a shame, because the problem-solving, communication and leadership skills that people develop in their military careers are the exact skills civilian employers need.
On Saturday, May 19, 2012, the Fort Campbell USO is hosting a free virtual workshop -- From Warrior to Workplace: Reframing Your Military Experience for Civilian Employers. The workshop is free, and all are welcome. The focus will be on rebranding yourself to help civilian hiring managers understand the power of your military experience.
Here's more information about the Warrior to Workplace virtual workshop:
Saturday 19 MAY2012 @ 10:00am
Blog Posts by Liz Ryan
- Liz Ryan | Work + Money – Tue, May 8, 2012 4:00 PM EDT
It is hard to imagine that you could travel halfway around the world to a combat zone for your country, and then have trouble finding employment when you come back. But that is the reality for U.S. military service members who leave the armed forced and look for civilian work. Employers don't understand how a job-seeker's military career translates to the civilian workforce. That's a shame, because the problem-solving, communication and leadership skills that people develop in their military careers are the exact skills civilian employers need.Read More »from From Warrior to Workplace: Helping Veterans Find Civilian Employment
I don't know if it's just me or if everyone feels the same way, but there are things that you hear that can feel exactly like a physical blow, like a shot to the solar plexus. One time I was at work, puttering away on some project or other (I'm an HR person) when one of my friends popped into my office. "I'm on the fence," she said. "What fence?" I asked. "I heard something and I can't decide whether to tell you about it, or not," she said. "That's the weeniest disclosure ever," I laughed. "Now you have to tell me."Read More »from When Women Claim "No"
Here's what she said. "At the sales meeting, I wasn't there on account of not being in sales, but two people told me the same story verbatim so I believe them," she started. "The VP of Sales was going on about something, and someone said 'That thing you just suggested, I don't think we can do that, it's against the HR policy' and the VP of Sales said 'No problem, I have Liz Ryan wrapped around my finger.' He said it in front of the whole sales department, like 100
The big myth among job-seekers is the one that goes "Employers are in the driver's seat. There are so many people chasing so few jobs." Oh, please! True: lots of people are out of work. But employers aren't high-fiving one another for their good fortune. It's still incredibly hard to find good people to fill the jobs employers have open.Read More »from Six Reasons to Run from a Job Opportunity
If it matters which people we hire at any point in time, it matters most when economic conditions are tough. Competition is fierce. Employers can't afford to hire just anyone when they have a job opening. Switched-on candidates have a huge advantage, if they know their worth and their power in the talent equation. And if they do, they'll also be on high alert for these six red flags that signal "This employer will never value you. Run away, now!"
Here's our list of six very good reasons to run from an interview process and invest your time in finding an organization that 'gets' you, rather than taking a job with one that never, ever will:
A lady wrote to me. "I've read some of your columns on job interviewing, where you give really unusual answers to the standard interview questions. I've read some other stuff of yours about resumes, where you tell people to use a human voice and avoid the black hole entirely."Read More »from Job Search Without Groveling
"Yes, that is the sort of stuff I write for job-seekers," I replied. "Do you have a question about any of that?"
"As I was reading one of your articles, it hit me," she wrote, "that there must be an overarching principle tying all of your advice together. These aren't just isolated tips you're writing columns about; you've got a whole methodology for job-seekers."
"That's true," I wrote back. "I pretty much hate the standard job-search approach. It's grovel-ly, for one thing. It doesn't work - that's another problem. I don't endorse it. I advise job-seekers to forget almost everything they know about getting a new job."
"You mean, things like lobbing resumes into the black hole, and waiting forever to hear
If you're thinking about quitting your job next year, don't write to ask me whether you should --- because I'll tell you "Do it!" I don't think people wake up in the morning or go to bed at night wondering "Should I change jobs?" unless the universe is nudging them in that direction. People who shouldn't change jobs next year aren't laying in bed at night wondering whether a job change might be a good move. They're too busy with and excited about their projects and their teams to think about doing something else.Read More »from Should You Quit Your Job in 2012?
We tend to think "I'm underemployed" when we're working in a job that doesn't require (or make use of, or value) our experiences and education, but lots of people are underemployed and don't even know it. They're underemployed if their boss doesn't 'get' them, and if they're not using their full brains and creativity on the job. They're underemployed if their best ideas go untried and if their boss's answer to their suggestions is "I don't pay you to think." Unfortunately,
This week on my online community I've been helping our members with their LinkedIn headlines. The headline on your LinkedIn profile turns out to be really important, because if another LinkedIn user performs a search on the LinkedIn user database and you're included in the search results, your name and your LinkedIn headline are the only things that user will see before having to decide whether to click through to your full profile, or not.Read More »from Does Your LinkedIn Headline Tell Your Story?
That means your LinkedIn headline matters. Here are a few of the LinkedIn headline "befores" and "afters" from my exercise with the online community members this week. (I've included my comments so you can see where I was going branding-wise in each case.)
LINKEDIN HEADLINE EXAMPLE ONE: LET'S NAME THE WIN
This is a great offer - thanks very much! It made me rework my headline before
sending it to you, which was a great exercise - made me pin down what I really
do. You make me think.
Remember the exercise a year or so back where we