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5 Tips For How To Nail Your Military Transition
At Hirepurpose, we have a team in the field meeting with transitioning service members and veterans at military bases all over the country. These guys talk to hundreds of service members on a weekly basis in different stages of transition out of every branch. They know what concerns military job seekers have about the civilian world, what mistakes they consistently make, and what keeps them from getting employed. We asked our team to share the most common pieces of advice that they give out at hiring fairs. Here’s what they said.
1. Do not buy a house, set roots, or promise your family anything until you have a job lined up. Read this again. And again. This is the most common mistake service members make when they are getting out. You do not have a job until you have signed an offer letter or contract with an actual employer. An interview is not a job offer. A recruiter at a job fair taking your resume is not a job offer. A job offer is a job offer.
2. Seek advice from people who have actually transitioned into the civilian world. If you don’t know anyone, start searching on Linkedin. Reach out and ask. Ignore obvious generalizations about transition and the job market from co-workers or others still in the military. They really do not know what they are talking about when it comes to civilian jobs, but they want you to think they do. They are stroking their own insecurities by pretending to know more than you. They don’t.
3. Take advantage of every legitimate interview opportunity you come across. Even if you aren’t crazy about the job or the company. At worst, you’ll come away with more interview experience, which makes you more competitive. At best, you may find yourself employed in a job you love. You won’t know if a job or company is a good fit for you until you have had an interview with its employees and spent time in its environment, so you can see what it’s actually like.
4. Don’t be an asshole to recruiters at a job fair. If they are talking to you, they are trying to help. Check your ego at the door and treat people like you want to be treated. We get this a few times at every event. You may think you’ve got the world by the balls, but if you are still in this phase, you probably haven’t been on the job hunt very long. You will be humbled.
5. Do not throw out your ideal salary number when a company asks your requirement. Say “I’m flexible” or “I’d like to find something commensurate with my skills and experience.” Often, this question is used as a discriminator to knock people out of the running for a job. We’re not advocating that you take a salary that is way too low for your standard of living, but you have to realize that most of the time you will be looking at a small step back as you take your career into the civilian world. It’s temporary.
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The drills, known as the Combined Flying Training Event, would have simulated air combat scenarios and involved an undisclosed number of warplanes from both the United States and South Korea.
An opening ceremony will be held Monday on Hawaii island for a military exercise with China that will involve about 100 People's Liberation Army soldiers training alongside U.S. Army counterparts.
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Those American standards "are even more important today," Davidson said, "as malicious actors like the Communist Party of China seek to redefine the international order through corruption, malign cyber activities, intellectual property theft, restriction of individual liberties, military coercion and the direct attempts to override other nations' sovereignty."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to "act quickly" to reach a deal with the United States, in a tweet weighing in on North Korea's criticism of his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, who has met Kim three times since 2018 over ending the North's missile and nuclear programs, addressed Kim directly, referring to the one-party state's ruler as "Mr. Chairman".
In his tweet, Trump told Kim, "You should act quickly, get the deal done," and hinted at a further meeting, signing off "See you soon!"
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A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw coastguard boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait toward the Black Sea where they could potentially be handed over to Ukraine.