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
- 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
Shine at your internship this summer! The school year is winding down, and soon many college students will be getting an opportunity to experience their chosen professions through a summer internship.
In today's competitive job market, it's not enough to just show up-- internships are about MUCH more than just getting work experience. Take advantage of all your internship has to offer with these tips.
10 Tips for Shining at Your Summer Internship
1. Make connections. Not just with the people you work with but with everyone you meet. It's always about networking!
Related: Network for Inspiration
2. Volunteer your time. Whether it's running for coffee or food, errands, an assignment, or just to tag along to an important meeting, this is a great way to get you noticed.
3. Cut back on the social networks. I have my own office and there are days when I blog from work. If you're an intern, social networking, unless it's for the company, is a no-no. You want toRead More »from 10 Tips for Shining at Your Summer Internship
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Tue, May 8, 2012 12:11 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
It could be time to start exploring new ways to make money but be sensitive about it. Putting out feelers is a good first step. You may find you are right where you need to be.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Past Life Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Someone is trying to lead you down the garden path. You know it's not the right way to reach your goals, and yet it's tempting. The true path is there, Taurus. Take your time and find it.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Chakra Reading
Read More »from Astrology.Com Daily FinanceScopes -- Wednesday May 9, 2012
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You have to be smart about your money today -- just like you are every other day. It's a bit harder today than most, though, because something tempts you to be a bit wilder than normal -- though it's not likely to pay.
Today's Gemini Reading: Free Sample Karma
If you haven't caused some kind of outrage, you haven't got a really big BANG kind of brand. That might work for you. Maybe you're not in the really-need-to-be memorable kind of place in your career.
Maybe Twitter has so few of whatever you are or do that just by being …. you, you stand out. Maybe your Facebook friends are really friendly. It could be that you believe you really are connected to 6.3 million people on LinkedIn. Maybe you think we're terrifically pinterested, and we have the G+ circle hots for you.
That is the way most of us seem to think personal branding works, given the volume of posts and the paucity of memorable ones. Or, the endlessly promotional ones. Or, the creepy feeling that 87% of people are "just listening" on social networks and media.
Is that what you're doing?
Are you waiting to be discovered?
Are you waiting for a personal invitation to comment on every blog you visit?
Are you waiting for the really big opportunity to have aRead More »from How Outrageous is Your Personal Brand?
- Mary Lorenz CareerBuilder Writer | Work + Money – Tue, May 8, 2012 11:08 AM EDT
Workforce gender differences have always been a hot conversation topic: speculation over why women still earn less than men, the debate over which gender makes better leaders, inherent differences over workplace personas and even how their networking habits differ.
When it comes to what they're looking for in a potential employer, are men and women really all that different?
Not really, according to a recent CareerBuilder study on what job seekers value most about their current and potential employers. According to the survey, men and women showed little variation in what they prioritize for factors like compensation, benefits, training and development and culture.
The only areas that showed any difference were advancement opportunities, work/life balance and appreciation by management:
- Men are 25 percent more likely than women to value advancement in potential employers.
- Women are 20 percent
Image: Courtesy of Steven PetrowQuestion: The New York Times recently did a long article on a gay psychotherapist who committed suicide, ostensibly because he had trouble accepting his age as he approached 50. Ironically, he had just finished writing a book about smart strategies for aging in the LGBT community. While terribly sad, I was puzzled by the invitation for his memorial service (posted on his Facebook page), which read:Read More »from Straight Talk: Funerals as Fundraisers
To celebrate the life and memory of Bob Bergeron a benefit for SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders)If you'd like to donate, please [click here]Save the Date:The afternoon of Saturday, May 12th
Isn't turning someone's death into a fundraising opportunity rather inappropriate?
Answer: I read that Times story, too, and my heart broke for Dr. Bergeron and the dark place he must have found himself in. His friends and family have my deepest sympathy as they work through the aftermath of this tragic end to his life.
In many ways our community has
Smart companies filter actions through a clearly-defined set of values. They do this because they know that there is a price to pay when they don't base business decisions on what's most important. Business moves quickly and it is so easy to get derailed or let external forces determine your business decisions. The sad result of this is that you end up feeling that your business has lost direction, meaning or purpose. Not to mention clients and customers.
If you feel out of control, overwhelmed or just plain ticked off that you've committed to other people's priorities that aren't also your own, chances are you are not honoring your values. And your business - certainly your life - feels out of whack.
So it's vital that you know what values are most important to you, because your values provide you with a way to filter business decisions. As a simple example, let's say you own a running and walking shoe retail store and you have running and walking clubs that meet weekly.Read More »from What's the Value in Knowing Your Values?
April showers bring May deals!Memorial Day ushers in amazing deals every May. In fact, Deal News reports that this month will boast some of the best sales of the year since January: "You'll see the ubiquitous sale ads, but where these promotions truly become money-saving is in the plethora of stacking coupons we find on those already-discounted goods." So start saving those coupons and stock up on these 7 items.
Gym Memberships 1. Gym Memberships
When it's beautiful spring weather, you really don't need to spend hours inside at the gym. Many people prefer outdoor exercise in May, so now is the time when gyms are scrambling for memberships and offering great deals.
With graduations and weddings abounding in the spring, May is a good time to catch a deal on cookware. Start checking out the prices now, but save the purchases for Memorial Day weekend!
Mattresses 3. Mattresses
Spring cleaning equals spring furniture for many. If your bed is less than comfy and cozy, it's an ideal time to go mattress shopping, since stores areRead More »from 7 Things that Are Cheaper to Buy in May
by Stephanie Berenbaum - May 7th, 2012
Want To Get Ahead At Work?Wishing you could network with other professional women? Looking for female mentors? Craving advice on how to get ahead at work? Then we've got great news for you: Citi and LinkedIn just launched CONNECT: Professional Women's Network! We've already been using this new online resource and can't wait for our readers to check it out...
Ok, So What Is CONNECT?Connect is a new LinkedIn Group, superpowered by our friends at Citi & Women & Co. It is a fantastic forum dedicated to women helping each other become savvier professional networkers and advancing in their careers. Very Fabulous - and since it is FREE - very Frugal! It's sort of like going out to one of those cocktail networking events after work - except this one goes on 24/7 and you can participate from the comfort of your own home...
Work SmarterEvery woman we know is multi-tasking to her limits (and beyond). Which is why we like the advice from Nicole Read More »from CONNECT: A Fab New Way to Network
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Mon, May 7, 2012 4:24 PM EDT
Out: Carla. In: Valerie.Move over Carla, there's a new first lady in France. Valerie Trierweiler is next at bat as Premiere Dame now that that Francoise Hollande has beaten Nicolas Sarkozy in the country's presidential election. Like Carla, Valerie is taller, better looking and perhaps more well-known in certain circles, than her partner. But the similarities between the two women end there. Let's compare:Read More »from France's New First Lady Valerie Trierweiler Vs. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. No Comparison.
Carla: Singer-songwriter, actress, ex-supermodel.
Valerie: Journalist. She originally wrote about politics for Paris Match, but has switched to arts and culture due to, ahem, a major conflict of interest.
NUMBER OF KIDS
Carla: 2. Her youngest, Guila, was born last year, while Sarkozy was in office.
Carla: Marie-Antoinette. As wife of the "bling bling president" Bruni-Sarkozy has developed a reputation for living big. When she's not photographed cavorting on exotic beaches with her husband, she's busy dressing in Chanel and trying to adapt the
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