10 Best Jobs for 2017

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The job market goes up and down, and sometimes it can be difficult to predict which fields are going to do well, and which will see little or no job growth at all. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released information on the 20 occupations with the biggest change of employment between 2014 and 2024.

Looking for a job in one of these fields or occupations is a great idea if you are hoping to change fields, have a potentially more stable job with a positive future outlook, or you want to know where to look for abundant jobs.

The occupations included in the Bureau of Labor Statistics list vary greatly when it comes to the field that they fall under, so there are opportunities for many different kinds of positions, from wind turbine service technicians to personal financial advisors. Some positions require little education or training, and some require a Master’s or even a doctoral degree.

Here are 10 of the jobs that you can bet will be abundant in 2017:

1. Wind turbine technicians
It’s no surprise that wind turbine technicians are at the top of this list. According to Energy.gov, the projected growth of the wind industry is 404.25 gigawatts across 48 states by 2050 (a projected increase of 180.15 GW since 2030). As a result, we will certainly need technicians to install and repair the wind turbines. If you’re comfortable working with heights, and you like to work outside, then this might be the job for you. The typical entry-level education is some college but no degree, and the median annual wage was $51,050 in May 2015. Plus, the field is projected to grow 108 percent from 2014 to 2024.

2. Occupational therapy assistants
If you enjoy helping people recover, or you want to help people improve their ability to work and live each day, but you don’t want to become a full occupational therapist, then becoming an assistant or aid is a possibility. Assistants and aides can help provide the therapy or give support, and work with the therapists. Therapy assistants need an associate’s degree, and may need to be licensed; aides usually have a high school diploma. The 2015 median pay was $54,520 per year.

3. Physical therapy assistants
Similar to occupational therapists, this is a great job for someone who likes to help others. Physical therapy assistants work directly with the therapists to help patients recover from an injury or illness. The median pay is slightly lower than it is for occupational therapy assistants and aides ($42,980 per year), but the employment change is also 40 percent. The required education is also similar. Many people find that assistant therapy positions can be very fulfilling, and since the pay is also decent, this can be a great choice if you want a job that is projected to keep hiring.

4. Home health aides
Unfortunately, home health aides don’t get paid very much ($21,920 median per year), and this may cause some people to shy away from these positions. However, the work is certainly meaningful, as aides help people who have an illness, disability, or impairment. They can work with older adults, and work in the patient’s home, but can also work in a group setting or day services program. The job outlook is 38 percent, no formal education is required, and short-term job training is available.

5. Nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives
If you’re willing to go through some school or educational classes, you might find that it’s worth your time in order to get a job in this field. With a median pay of $104,740 per year, these jobs certainly pay well enough for many people. The job duties for each position can vary by state and by practice, but often nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as midwives, have many varied and interesting job duties. A Master’s degree is required for these positions, and the job outlook is 31 percent.

6. Physical therapists
You probably noticed that physical therapist assistants are facing a strong job outlook, and physical therapists are projected to do almost as well (34 percent). You will need a doctoral or professional degree, but the median pay for 2015 was $84,020. Like the assistants, therapists help patients improve their movement, manage pain, and help prevent further issues as well. Benefits of this career include making a difference, becoming a movement expert, having job security, and having location flexibility and the opportunity to become an entrepreneur.

7. Statistician
Like analyzing things? Want to make $80,110 per year? If you’re willing to get a Master’s degree, you won’t have to worry about work experience or on-the-job training. Statisticians are seeing a 34 percent job growth outlook, and enjoy using statistical analysis and methods to look over data and help fix problems. Statisticians can work in many different fields, and also many different locations. About 15 percent of statisticians work for the federal government, 14 percent are in scientific research and development services, and 13 percent pursue finance and insurance.

8. Operations research analyst
This is another position that requires a great deal of analysis and math. These analysts also use mathematical and analytical methods, and they focus on helping organizations handle issues and solve problems. The median pay was $78,630 per year in 2015, and the job outlook is 30 percent growth. Most operations research analysts work full-time in office settings, so if you like to sit at a desk this might be a great fit for you.

9. Personal finance advisors
Most people want more money, right? If you choose to become a personal financial advisor, you can help people make wiser decisions when it comes to money, and hopefully provide intelligent and helpful financial advice to people from all walks of life. All you will need is a bachelor’s degree, and long-term on-the-job training is often available. The job outlook is 30 percent, and the median pay was $89,160 per year in 2015. This is also a position that can bring you to almost any city or state in the country, because financial advisors are needed everywhere.

10. Genetic counselor

If you’re willing to get a Master’s degree, becoming a genetic counselor can be an extremely interesting career, and will allow you to study DNA. The median pay in 2015 was $72,090, and the job outlook was 29 percent. Genetic counselors meet with individuals or families, and help determine the risk of inherited conditions. They also can provide information to health care providers. You may work in your own office, at a hospital, or at a doctor’s office. You will need to become certified in order to be a genetic counselor.

Source: cheatsheet.com

Getting Ready to Re-enter the Workforce

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Working from home is an option to consider.

Whether you’ve been out of the workforce for a short while or it’s been a number of years, it can be challenging to re-enter that world. Work environments and culture can change quickly. Brushing up on the latest technological advancements employers are using is a great first step. Familiarizing yourself with technology will help ease the transition into the workforce and provide you with much more marketable skills.

Social media                                                  

Social media is a powerful business tool for companies and for job seekers as well. Get to know companies that interest you through various social media platforms.

Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are all good ways to learn about a company’s culture.

Virtual workspaces
Be prepared to work in a virtual workspace where coworkers and clients meet without being in the same physical place.

To get more information and to view demonstrations on virtual meeting places, check out Go To Meeting, WebEx, Skype, Adobe Connect, and Google Hangouts.

Telework
Telework, or telecommuting, allows an employee to work from home and can be a way for companies to cut some expenses. Many industries offer part-time and full-time telework opportunities, like customer service and support, sales, editorial/creative and technology development.

The tools required for telework include:

  • computer
  • high-speed Internet connection
  • appropriate software
  • telephone
  • phone headset (suggested)

A virtual office is the space in which an employee who was hired to work remotely works from, usually in his/her own home. A number of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership employers offer spouses the opportunity to work from virtual offices 100 percent of the time.

Updating your skills

The entire hiring process may be carried out through the Internet (searching for and applying for a job online, interviewing virtually, scanning and submitting required documents and contracts via email), so you will want to be comfortable with basic Internet applications before you begin your job search. It is also important to be familiar with the current version of standard industry tools for word processing, email communication and spreadsheets.

If you’re interested in learning more about the technologies listed above, consider signing up for some classes. Many schools, libraries and other organizations offer free or low-cost training on computers and computer software applications. You can also take specialized courses to obtain certifications for many software applications.

If you have questions, would like additional information or personalized assistance with employment or education opportunities, call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to talk with a Spouse Education and Career Opportunities career counselor.

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Tax Credit for Hiring Veterans

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Besides honesty, loyalty, and responsibility, veterans may bring you a tax cut.

By Barbara Weltman

Many employers have come to learn that veterans make excellent employees. They usually are easily trainable and possess desirable characteristics, such as honesty, loyalty, and responsibility. If these attributes were not enough to induce employers to hire veterans, the tax law offers even more. The tax law encourages employers to hire certain targeted groups of workers by offering a tax credit tied to the wages of these new employees, and certain veterans are treated as a targeted group. Here are the special rules to know when hiring so that you may take credit where credit is due.

Which veterans qualify?

As a small business owner, you qualify for the work opportunity tax credit (WOTC) if you hire a veteran who falls into any of the following categories:

  • Having a service-related disability
  • Unemployed for a specified period
  • Receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits

However, even if a veteran does not fall within any of these categories, he or she may still be a member of another targeted group. This would still allow you to take a tax credit. For example, a veteran who has been a member of a family that received TANF payments for at least 18 consecutive months is treated as a member of a targeted group for long-term family assistance recipients.

What is the tax credit amount?

The tax credit reduces your tax bill dollar-for-dollar, so each $1 of WOTC saves you $1 in taxes. The credit is based on the amount of wages paid to an eligible veteran in the first year of employment. The maximum tax credit is based on a set percentage of maximum first-year wages, which is fixed by law, and the number of hours worked. For example, for veterans, the basic percentage of first-year wages is 25 percent for those who worked at least 120 hours but fewer than 400 hours; it is 40 percent for those who worked at least 400 hours.

The maximum credit for a veteran working at least 400 hours is:

  • Service-related disability and unemployed at least 6 months in the year ending in the hiring year: $9,600 ($24,000 in wages × 40%).
  • Service-related disability and hired within 1 year of discharge or release from active duty: $4,800 ($12,000 in wages × 40%)
  • Unemployed at least 6 months: $5,600 ($14,000 in wages × 40%)
  • Unemployed at least 4 weeks: $2,400 ($6,000 in wages × 40%)
  • Receiving SNAP benefits: $2,400 ($6,000 in wages × 40%)

There is no limit on the number of eligible employees you can hire for the credit. For example, if you hire 3 veterans with service-related disabilities who are unemployed at least 6 months, your credit is $28,800 ($9,600 × 3).

The WOTC is set to run through 2019, and you can take the credit year after year as you expand the size of your staff. Thus, even if you take a tax credit for hiring a veteran in 2016, you can do so again next year.

Other rules

Being eligible for the credit isn’t enough to claim it on your return. To take the tax credit, you must submit IRS Form 8850 to your state workforce agency within 28 days of the first day of employment. Also submit ETA Form 9061, or ETA Form 9062 if the employee has already been conditionally certified as belonging to a targeted group at the same time. The purpose of these submissions is to confirm that your new employee is indeed a member of a targeted group.

The credit is claimed on IRS Form 5884, which is attached to the employer’s income tax return.

Something to think about

When hiring, keep the WOTC in the back of your mind. While it may not be a primary factor in making a hiring decision, it may just be the tipping point in favor of one applicant over another.

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USBLN’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program – Service Disabled Veterans Certification

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“Learning as We Grow: SDV-DOBES talk about  early inspiration and their journeys as entrepreneurs”

We will take a look at what made these three entrepreneurs start their business, what has kept it going and where they gain inspiration to continue on their paths forward. What their successes are and what certification means to them.

Why did you go into business for yourself?

Dennis: After 40 years of being working for large corporation and few start-ups, I decided to capitalize on my years of experience/training by starting a company with a focus on high technology solutions.

Gary: As a Service-Disabled Veteran, I had a difficult time gaining employment after my time in the military. Many employers had preconceived notions and prejudices against my “disabled” status. I went into business for myself to provide for my family.

Mark: I have always wanted to be my own boss and control my career.  Not as soon as I had hoped; but was able to launch JEMNI in 2008 when I turned 50 years old.  The company I worked for (Ergotron) was sold in 2010 and this allowed me to commit fulltime to growing JEMNI Inc.

Michael: I started AE Works because I thought we could do things a little differently and bring purpose to our work. My time in the Navy provided countless examples of leadership and showed me the value of acting with integrity. The Navy instilled in me a belief system that everything in the world, including business, is about people. Business is about culture, teamwork, and camaraderie. We always knew from the captain why we were doing something. The values we shared gave meaning to our service and cohesion to our crew. The leaders I served with during my time on submarines considered their shipmates in everything they did.

What was your thought behind the industry/niche you chose? 

Gary: I noticed firsthand the lack of opportunities for employment across the disabled community. By utilizing the human capital management industry, I was able to help others that were in a similar position.

Michael: A former punk rock guitarist and self-described electronics geek, I was always interested in figuring out how things worked. Atage10, I installed an FM radio modulator in my mom’s ‘78 Dodge Charger to learn how the radio systems worked and to give my family something to listen to other than AM. I continued this passion and my learning in power and systems aboard fast-attack submarines as a nuclear-trained power-plant operator.

After the Navy, I transferred my skills to pursuing an education in power and lighting systems. I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in architectural engineering. As an electrical engineer by trade, I started AE Works offering only electrical engineering services. Gradually, I added other services, including architecture, other engineering disciplines, interior design and most recently security risk management and construction related services. AE Works was founded to provide an integrated service delivery to benefit our clients with innovative, creative and collaborative solutions to complex problems.

Dennis: The growth industry of High Tech and Telecommunication industry continue to innovate and have great needs for our services.

Mark: My career provided me an opportunity to become an expert in Distribution and Logistics.   I’m an Engineer by formal training and this was a way to connect my manufacturing expertise along with my Distribution / Logistics expertise.

What is your company’s mission?

Dennis: Tech True Up pairs technology with business needs and aligns our engineering expertise with the client’s organization and business processes. This approach enables Tech True Up to deliver solutions that solve real business problems to meet the client’s business goals. Our experienced staff hold a broad range of certifications across industry and functional areas and has in-depth experience working in a variety of roles with diverse organizations.

Mark: JEMNI Inc. is the leading small business to business packaging and print solutions provider

Gary: Amerit Consulting provides staffing solutions and guidance that power progressive companies to the next level. Our goal is to enable businesses to capitalize on Veteran-partner incentives to create an elite workforce of high-quality talent. Amerit strives to be the largest disabled Veteran owned business in the country by utilizing transparency, empowerment and philanthropic endeavors.

Michael: The mission of AE Works is to transform the lives of people and organizations by creating stunningly beautiful, highly functional, and safer spaces. We do this by integrating the practices of architecture, engineering, and security risk management to develop innovative, creative, and collaborative solutions to complex problems. Partnering with our clients and communities, AE Works continually seeks to be an active participant in efforts to improve our world. We do this by working beyond our professional practice and engaging as stakeholders in change movements we believe in. Collectively, thru practice and participation, AE Workers are on a mission to achieve our vision of a world where everyone is relevant.

What is your motivation–gets you up every morning and keeps you focused as a business owner?

Michael: Value innovation. Evolving our service offering and value proposition to enable the missions of our clients.

Mark: Competing and winning against large companies on value.  When we win, we create job opportunities.

Dennis: The excitement of developing and delivering high tech solutions that drive revenue and developing business opportunities that allow veterans to transfer their skills into meaningful and interesting civilian careers.

Gary: I love to negotiate ideas and processes with other CEO’s so that I can better understand the totality of a company’s needs and then provide them with the best contract solution. In doing so, I am able to provide wonderful jobs for my employees.

What has been your biggest challenge/risk? And did it work out?

Dennis: Establishing a sustainable revenue base which in turn afforded Tech True Up to develop a growth platform.

Mark: Getting access to procurement folks that understand that you can compete on value and win against the larger corporations.  Supplier diversity professionals have been good to work with; providing support inside a corporation to give JEMNI an opportunity.  If we can be invited to participate in our core competences, we will win.

Yes, it worked out! JEMNI has experienced double digit sales growth the past few years

Michael: Staffing is an important area of risk. Hiring the right staff and then making sure they are in the right position to maximizes their happiness while also effectively delivering to clients is critical to maximizing success. As AE Works, has matured from startup to emerging firm to an established firm, now experiencing our largest growth period yet, we know our chances for success lie in the people we employ.

Gary: Establishing a solid relationship with our banks in order to ensure we have loans to meet overhead has been a challenge. It took years of accountability to establish our reputation and establish a solid relationship with our banks.

What has been your biggest investment in your business- and was it worth it?

Dennis: The foundation of Tech True Up is our Workforce Services (staffing, recruiting, call center) required significant up front funding and time to ensure that our company is sustainable. This investment has allowed Tech True Up to establish a business presence and growth outlook.

Michael: People matter. That mantra is central to everything that AE Works does. We believe that great work starts with great people who flourish in the care of leadership and opportunity to do what it is that they are passionate about. Many people have helped build the firm and make it AE Works the company it is today. Celebrating our tenth anniversary this year, we continue to grow our impact. Our investment in people enables this growth and innovation while strengthening our culture and firm values.

Gary: The biggest investment to my business was putting my home and entire life savings on the line to fund our start-up needs. After years of hard work and perseverance, I can definitely say that yes, it was worth it.

Mark: Of course, people will always be a huge investment in a small business along with IT infrastructure.  Yes, anytime we can add employment opportunities, it gives you a larger sense of accomplishment.  You’re changing lives in a small way.

Why was it important to apply for and maintain national certification through USBLN?

Mark: It’s critical to have a national organization certification.  It provides “one voice” to support and help create awareness for Disability–Owned Business Enterprise’s (DOBE) through the DSDP program.  Still today; as we speak, very few companies nationwide include certified DOBE’s into supplier diversity programs.  Not because they don’t want to but because most companies are unaware of this business certification program.  The 3rd party certification program demonstrates to corporations that you meet the standards for this certification.

Michael: US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) maintains a growing and diverse network of corporate partners. Certification is important to us for many reasons. Our USBLN certification enables connections to nurture new opportunities that in turn support diversification of our portfolio.

Dennis: USBLN helps us drive our performance by leveraging disability inclusion.

Gary: The USBLN provides another outreach and peer association opportunities on a larger scale in addition to our military affiliations.

What is the single most important bit of advice you would give to a disability entrepreneur who is just starting out?

Michael: Clarity of values is something that often gets overlooked, but has tremendous impact on business success. Development of a strong value system helps with everything from internal culture and employee satisfaction to communication of your value proposition in the market to create opportunities for growth.

Dennis: Knowing and recognizing opportunities is not enough. We must all apply our training, years of experience, insight and goal setting. Willing is not enough, we all must stay current, build a network of professional/partners and have a must do attitude.

Gary: Drop the first three letters of the word disability and think of yourself as having abilities for employment and you will overcome all obstacles for a successful career.

Mark: Be patient, continue to focus on your company’s value proposition, and network.    You will win business, if you can keep your team motivated.

What makes you stand apart from your competition?

Dennis:  Experience, certification and offering business solutions in a timely manner.

Gary: At Amerit, we desire to exceed the expectations of our clients. Our practice of taking time to properly vet a potential employee for a staffing assignment really gives us the advantage opposed to our competition. We strive to not just find a candidate but to find the best candidate that will match the client’s needs as well as the employees. Standing by our work and our reputation is what keeps our employee satisfaction rate in the 90th percentile.

Mark: JEMNI competes on value.  We have multi-location capability and can provide a national distribution foot print with local expertise.

Michael: Every organization uses human and eco capital to develop technical capital. At AE Works, we seek to create all three at the same time. This methodology is rooted in a belief that the results of our efforts should do the same for our Clients. Great architecture is technical, human, and ecologically conscious. How we work is synonymous with what we produce.

Did you have a mentor or someone you leaned on for advice? If so, who?

Michael: From friends and colleagues to clients and resources like the SBA, industry and professional organizations, I’ve asked many people for advice throughout the years and on many different topics. The important thing is to reach out and ask for advice. You may hear something you don’t like, but those are the moments that help you learn and grow as an entrepreneur.

Dennis: Yes, AT&T provided Tech True Up with the opportunity to participate in their “Operations Hand Salute” mentoring program.

Mark: My father, he always had an open ear to listen and provide guidance.

Gary: Not at first. As the company grew my two partners became my co-advisors.

What are three words that best describes you?

Dennis: “Can do attitude”.

Gary: Decisive. Honest. Caring.

Mark: Committed, Disciplined, Passionate Leader

Michael: Authentic. Learner. Serial Entrepreneur.


Gary Herbold – Founder and CEO, Amerit Consulting

Amerit Consulting was founded in 2002 to provide quality management, process optimization and cost management consulting services to Fortune 500 companies. Our deep expertise in human capital management has fueled our expansion into direct hire placements, temporary staffing, contract placements and additional staffing and consulting services that propel our clients’ businesses forward. Our innovative consulting and staffing services place quality candidates in top positions as we consistently strive to exceed expectations.  Gary Herbold is a two-time Purple Heart awarded Service-Disabled Veteran himself, he is passionate about providing mentorship and encouragement to other disabled Veterans.

Amerit Consulting is SDVOB and a USBLN certified SDV-DOBE, located in San Ramon, CA. To learn more, click here: http://www.ameritconsulting.com


Mark Ellson – President and CEO, JEMNI

Mark has a long and distinguished career of providing products and services to fortune 500 Utility and Medical companies.  His background includes more than twenty years of progressive senior leadership in fortune 500 and large private manufacturing companies. His engineering, manufacturing and operational experience has focused on significantly improving sales and operational performance, reducing operating costs, leading and managing product introduction, and improving customer value.  Providing consulting services and products to the utility industry has given him the experience and insight to meet complicated customer requirements.

Mark is an Army Combat Veteran.  In addition, he is also a National Board member for the Elite SDVOB network.  Disabled Veteran businesses helping other Vets help themselves. He has an engineering degree from Iowa State University and a Master’s of Business Administration with a minor in Finance from.

JEMNI is an SDVOB and a certified USBLN SDV-DOBE located in Woodbury, MN. To learn more about JEMNI, click here: http://jemnitechnology.com


Dennis Parker – President and Founder, TechTrueUp

TechTrueUp is a service delivery organization with core competencies in Network Service Orchestration (NSO), Cloud, Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software Defined Network (SDN), Real-Time BSS and Network Security. As well as providing Telecom/IT professional services, recruiting and staffing services to some of the largest telecommunication clients in the world. TechTrueUp is dedicated to providing outstanding personalized and effective staffing services, ensuring that you get the right person for your position every time.

As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), our focus is to provide, hire, or train veterans to meet the demands of your business goals.

TechTrueUp also has a US-based Veteran Contact Center/ Support Center operation that delivers innovative, quality-driven, solutions, across all industry segments. To learn more about TechTrueUp click here: https://www.techtrueup.com


Founder and President: Michael Cherlock

The mission of AE Works is to transform the lives of people and organizations by creating stunningly beautiful, highly functional, and safer spaces.  We do this by integrating the practices of architecture, engineering, and security risk management to develop innovative, creative, and collaborative solutions to complex problems.  Partnering with our clients and communities, AE Works continually seeks to be an active participant in efforts to improve our world.  We do this by working beyond our professional practice and engaging as stakeholders in change movements we believe in.

AE Works in located in Pittsburgh, PA and is a SDVOB and a USBLN Certified SDV-DOBE™. To learn more about AE Works, click here: http://ae-works.com

15 Benefits of Hiring Military Veterans

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It’s tough to find good help these days. According to one recent survey by Silicon Valley Bank, four out of five US businesses are planning to increase their headcount over the course of 2017 — but 90 percent of executives say they’re finding it extremely challenging to track down the right talent to help their businesses grow.

One solution to that talent crunch could be for business owners to start thinking about veterans.

At present, there are nearly one million unemployed military veterans across the United States. Many of them are desperate for work — and from an employer’s perspective, the unique qualities veterans possess could make some ideal job candidates. The government has also made a point of introducing a variety of benefits and incentives for business owners willing to take a chance on out-of-work veterans.

But if you’re still in doubt, here are 15 reasons your business could benefit from hiring military veterans:

Veterans are Goal-oriented

Very few professions focus exclusively on goal completion — but one that does is the military. Veterans are trained in engineered environments that target nothing but mission achievement, and military personnel are taught to exercise collaboration, cooperation and personal development in order to achieve their targets.

Veterans are Trained Leaders

If you’d like to foster in-house talent and hire genuine leadership candidates, veterans are a natural fit. Experts say the average Marine is recruited at age 19 and by age 20, is typically promoted to become a non-commissioned officer and placed in high-stress leadership roles.

Veterans Take Responsibility Seriously

From day one, military personnel are trained to take their jobs extremely seriously. They have it drilled into them that stupid mistakes, bad decisions or blatant oversights can get their comrades seriously hurt — or worse. You can’t unlearn that, and so veterans will usually bring that enviable level of precision into the workplace

Veterans Know How to Make Decisions

The military is strategically designed to create leaders — and in doing so, it forces all recruits to embrace their intuition. Veterans have been trained to absorb every single piece of information they can find before making a snap judgement, and so they can typically be relied upon to make the best choice available at any given time.

Veterans Speak Their Minds

Although they’ve been trained to obey orders, very few veterans are “yes men”. Because of their leadership experiences and intuition skills, as employees, veterans won’t shy away from flagging mistakes or asking the boss to think twice about a big decision.

Veterans Work Well Independently

 If you’re after an employee who you’ll be able to trust managing crucial processes in your business, you can’t do better than a veteran. Studies indicate military personnel are more likely to take major initiative than their co-workers — which is probably why U.S. veterans are also 45 percent more likely to start their own businesses.

Veterans Have a Great Work Ethic

When you’re in the military, slacking off isn’t an option. Every task you’ve been asked to do must be done for a reason, and veterans have been trained to understand that. As a result, you can expect veterans do understand the meaning of hard work.

Veterans Can Help You Organize

The military thrives on structure and organization. It’s their bread and butter, and all personnel are trained from day one to embrace that organization. If your business is in need of a bit of help in terms of structure, veterans have the skills needed to steer you in the right direction.

Veterans Receive Education Assistance

If you want employees who are always looking to learn new skills and enhance their personal development, veterans have got a leg up on the competition. Thanks to government-provided financial assistance, veterans are able to take advantage of accreditation opportunities and degree opportunities that could bolster your businesses talent pool.

Veterans Know Technology

Military personnel are typically trained to understand the ins and outs of complicated mechanisms and technological procedures — and as a result, they’re likely to track industrial trends and strive to keep your business up-to-date on those trends.

Veterans Understand Globalization

In this day and age, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a small business in America that isn’t touched by globalization in some shape or form — whether they’re outsourcing manufacturing, shipping to customers abroad or purchasing exotic commodities like coffee or cocoa. When you’re trying to develop a strategy that takes these international factors into consideration, it helps to have a military mind on standby. A lot of veterans will have overseas experience, language skills and intimate knowledge of global markets that make for a great business asset.

Veterans Understand Health and Safety

If you’re operating in an industry that must adhere to strict health and safety standards, hiring a veteran will save you a lot of time and energy in training. Veterans are trained to take health and safety protocols extremely seriously, and have a proven track record performing in a drug-free workforce guided by personal health and fitness.

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Why veterans can fill your company’s tech skills gap

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A new Amazon initiative to train veterans for technical roles sheds light on an untapped talent pool with an important skillset.

The US Department of Labor recently partnered with Amazon to create an apprenticeship program that trains veterans for technical roles at the online giant, shedding light on how other companies can access the large, untapped veteran workforce to fill tech skills gaps.

In May 2016, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos laid out the company’s goal of hiring 25,000 veterans and military spouses by 2021, and training 10,000 more in cloud computing skills. The first cohort of a dozen apprentices under the new partnership will be trained as Amazon Web Services cloud support associates.

“Our hope is that with the experience we gain, the program will expand to additional technical roles and can continue to scale,” Ardine Williams, vice president of talent acquisition for Amazon Web Services, told TechRepublic. “Veterans provide an attractive candidate pool for fast-paced, innovative companies like Amazon, and tech roles offer both a competitive wage and, even more important, a career path.”

Amazon also announced a similar initiative in the UK.

“We’ve found that veterans flourish at our company,” Williams said. “Military service, either directly, or as a spouse, is a significant life experience that fosters focus, resiliency, collaboration, and leadership. Veterans and spouses who combine leading edge tech skills with that life experience are a strong addition to many companies.”

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Ever Thought About Owning Your Own Franchise?

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Nothing lasts forever. Hot brands in franchising don’t stay hot forever. New brands are always entering the marketplace. New ideas for products and services are introduced every year. Some of these new franchise concepts end up succeeding–exploding even. Some of them fade away soon after they’re launched. But, even the hot ones eventually lose their fire. Keep that fact in mind as you’re searching for a franchise you’d like to own.

Picking the Winners
Too bad crystal balls don’t really work. If they did, you could choose franchise concepts that were getting ready to go big. But, they don’t, so you’re left with doing good old-fashioned detective work to find then research franchise opportunities you hope will be a good fit and that you can be successful owning.

Goal-Setting
Before you begin taking a serious look at franchise opportunities, it’s important to set some goals. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself clicking from one franchise opportunity website to another for hours on end-with nothing to show for your efforts except a sore wrist and tired eyes.

Ideas for Goals
I want you to decide on your own goals for a franchise you’d like to own. It’s your life and your money. But, allow me to prime the pump a bit. Check out these 5 possible goals.
1. I want to own a franchise that allows me to have a lot of flexibility in my day.
2. I don’t want to invest more than $200k in a franchise.
3. I want to own a franchise with a well-known brand.
4. I only want to buy a newer franchise concept so I can get in on the ground floor
5. I want a franchise that can serve as a family business-for my family.

Did I get you thinking?

Deciding When
Number #3 and #4 above may not be goals you had planned on having, but, they’re important ones to consider. That’s because you need to decide when you want to get in. In other words, would you like to have first dibs on a franchise location in your area? If so, you should look into younger franchise brands … franchise businesses that are up and running in other parts of the country-just not in yours.

Or, would you like to be the second or third franchisee in your local area? If so, that could mean that the “best” locations may already be spoken for. It may also mean that the residents living in your area already know of the brand; that could make it easier for you to get your new business up and running.

The Ebbs and Flows
If you know going in that all franchise brands experience ebbs and flows, you’re already ahead of the game. You may end up buying a franchise that’s considered an up and comer. Your timing could turn out to be perfect. If so, take advantage of your brand’s popularity. Earn as much money as you can. But, make sure you put aside some of your earnings if possible, because business may not always be good.

Tip: Choose a franchise opportunity with an innovative executive team. A team that’s not afraid of introducing new products/services to the marketplace. It’s one way to try to limit the inevitable ebbs and flows that all brands experience.

How Internships Can Benefit Veterans

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By Sandra Long

Over one million young American men and women are in the process of leaving the military between 2011 and 2016. They all enlisted for different reasons, but many did so in hopes of getting a college degree after their military service commitment was completed. American college campuses are now adjusting to this influx of unique talent. Veterans have a higher rate of unemployment so special attention is warranted from schools and employers.

Internships during college are a great way for these young veterans to obtain additional relevant workplace experience to add to their impressive military achievements. All veterans work hard to translate their military skills into meaningful experiences valued by civilian hiring managers. University counselors are gearing up nationally to help these extraordinary veteran students to make successful transitions from the military on to college and career. There are also websites and software available to help veterans in this process of breaking down and rebranding some of their specific skills and competencies.

Some of America’s veterans are going straight from combat to the workforce because they already have their college degree. Those soldiers and sailors will probably not have the opportunity for an internship. For example, my son went from an Army Officer directly to a supervisory position in the oil industry.

The thousands of veterans now on our college campuses are a different story. Internships provide a fantastic opportunity for them to add to their resume and skill sets. These young people are used to the command and control structure of the military. An internship will open new doors and provide valuable experience for them. A veteran can also do an internship during the initial job search process directly after college graduation.

More companies and organizations are starting to offer paid internships for our young veterans, many of which are currently attending our nation’s colleges. The New York Stock Exchange has actively been hiring veteran interns in New York City. EMC is among several companies considered “military friendly” and a good potential internship employer. Veterans can register with the 100,000 jobs mission (veteransjobmission.com). They can also apply for jobs and find employers interested in veterans. Finding the right companies or organizations is an important first step for veterans and the college and career counselors assisting them, whether they are seeking an internship or regular full-time employment.

Veterans also need to learn to network in order to create their own opportunities. This can be somewhat foreign to the military mindset but an essential skill for a job seeker and any business professional today. Veterans looking for a professional or internship position should consider using LinkedIn because recruiters are actively searching for veterans on the site. Veterans need to fully complete the LinkedIn profile and optimize it with keywords and headlines such as “Veteran seeking Operations Internship.” A newer site, Rally Point, is also available to veterans for online networking and is more exclusive to the military community.

Internships for veterans is a great idea. It helps veterans to learn about corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. Rather than just going to an online calculator to figure out how their military experience will translate, an internship provides both the veteran and employer a “test drive”. Quality paid internships are a great opportunity for veterans and employers. Colleges and employers can and should partner together to create veteran internship programs.

Source: http://www.blogging4jobs.com

Getting Ready to Re-enter the Workforce

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Working from home is an option to consider

Whether you’ve been out of the workforce for a short while or it’s been a number of years, it can be challenging to re-enter that world. Work environments and culture can change quickly. Brushing up on the latest technological advancements employers are using is a great first step. Familiarizing yourself with technology will help ease the transition into the workforce and provide you with much more marketable skills.

Social media

Social media is a powerful business tool for companies and for job seekers as well. Get to know companies that interest you through various social media platforms.

Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are all good ways to learn about a company’s culture.

Virtual workspaces

Be prepared to work in a virtual workspace where coworkers and clients meet without being in the same physical place.

To get more information and to view demonstrations on virtual meeting places, check out Go To Meeting, WebEx, Skype, Adobe Connect, and Google Hangouts.

Telework

Telework, or telecommuting, allows an employee to work from home and can be a way for companies to cut some expenses. Many industries offer part-time and full-time telework opportunities, like customer service and support, sales, editorial/creative and technology development.

The tools required for telework include:

  • computer
  • high-speed Internet connection
  • appropriate software
  • telephone
  • phone headset (suggested)

A virtual office is the space in which an employee who was hired to work remotely works from, usually in his/her own home. A number of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership employers offer spouses the opportunity to work from virtual offices 100 percent of the time.

Updating your skills

The entire hiring process may be carried out through the Internet (searching for and applying for a job online, interviewing virtually, scanning and submitting required documents and contracts via email), so you will want to be comfortable with basic Internet applications before you begin your job search. It is also important to be familiar with the current version of standard industry tools for word processing, email communication and spreadsheets.

If you’re interested in learning more about the technologies listed above, consider signing up for some classes. Many schools, libraries and other organizations offer free or low-cost training on computers and computer software applications. You can also take specialized courses to obtain certifications for many software applications.

If you have questions, would like additional information or personalized assistance with employment or education opportunities, call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to talk with a Spouse Education and Career Opportunities career counselor.

Source: militaryonesource.mil

3 Reasons Military Veterans Make Top-Notch Employees

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Politicians call them heroes and strangers thank them for their service.

But when their enlistment comes to an end, veterans need more than a pat on the back as they return to civilian life. They need jobs.

And increasingly, they seem to be getting them because the unemployment rate among veterans has been on the decline in recent years. In May, the veteran unemployment rate was 3.4 percent, down from 5 percent for the same month in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That compares to a 4.7 percent overall unemployment rate.

There are several reasons veterans make topnotch employees, including:

• Their tenacity. Veterans know what tenacity and perseverance are all about, if for no other reason than they survived boot camp, an arduous challenge that puts a person’s fortitude to the test. Marines, for example, must prove they can hike 20 miles carrying a fully loaded pack.

• Their decisiveness. People in the military don’t always have the luxury of taking all day to analyze a situation before making a decision. Yes, they must gather data and understand it thoroughly – but they understand the need to do it expediently. “A 90 percent solution now is better than a 100 percent solution later,” Baucom says. “Both in the Marines and in the business world, I’ve found that waiting for that 100 percent solution just leads to paralysis.”

• Their initiative. Anyone in the military learns to follow orders. But they also understand that there are situations when they need to take action in the absence of orders. If something needs to be done, they don’t have to wait to be told.

Source: www.newsandexperts.com

Mission Viejo sailor serves on the USS Green Bay

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On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now.

They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year.  They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.

Logistics Specialist Seaman Manuel Brown, from Midwest City, Ok., and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Amado Banos Derrickson, from Mission Viejo, Calif., stand watch on the flight deck aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during a sea and anchor evolution. Green Bay is on a routine patrol, operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance partnerships and be a ready response force for any type of contingency.

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