After a 26-year military career that spanned both active and reserve duty, I’m convinced that experience is the hardest teacher since it gives the exam before any lessons are taught. Here are some of the important lessons I’ve learned over the past two decades in uniform and from my experiences in public service and the private sector. Continue reading →
The granting of a security clearance is a serious and involved [process. Many do not understand the process or the requirements. There are 13 primary considerations that guide the process. Continue reading →
We are excited to welcome our first AWS Worldwide Public Sector Military Apprentice Cohort. The team graduated from the instructor-led training portion of their curriculum delivered by Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and are now starting the next phase of the Technical Development Program (TDP) under the AWS Intelligence Initiative (AI2).AI2/TDP centralizes the onboarding, training, and development of new hires waiting to obtain their security clearance as a long-term solution to staff technical positions supporting AWS air-gapped government regions. AI2/TDP is an accelerated career development program for early career technical professionals (Cloud Associates) consisting of a curriculum-based residency in Herndon, VA, interspersed with rotational assignments over a six-month to one-year period to prepare employees for a customer-facing technical role supporting National Security and U.S. Department of Defense customers. Amazon now employs more than 17,500 veterans and military spouses across the United States and expects to hire over 10,000 more by 2021.
At Amazon, we’re constantly looking for leaders who can invent, think big, have a bias for action, and deliver results on behalf of our customers. These principles look familiar to the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces – and also to their spouses.
Today, veteran employees fill roles across the company – from cloud computing positions at Amazon Web Services to virtual customer service roles.
In addition to working alongside our veterans, we are committed to providing the tools to strengthen the skills of transitioning service members through access to cloud computing resources and other technologies, such as the Amazon Echo and the Kindle.
AWS Educate for Veterans: U.S. based veterans and their families are eligible to create an AWS Educate account, which gives them access to resources that can accelerate cloud-related learning endeavors to help power civilian career success. We’re pleased to announce a new program benefit available to AWS Educate veteran members. When you complete a Cloud Support Associate or Cloud Support Engineer AWS Educate pathway, you will become eligible for a phone screen for an AWS Cloud Support Associate or Cloud Support Engineer job. Get started with AWS Educate today.
VA’s Brain Trust: Amazon is teaming up with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to extend the use of digital devices to help improve the lives of veterans with disabilities. Through this collaboration with VA’s Brain Trust, Amazon will donate 100 Amazon Echo devices with Alexa Voice Service units to VA’s Assistive Technology Labs. Amazon staff will also collaborate with VA experts to ensure Echo devices are programmed specifically to meet the needs of veterans. Beyond the Echo donation, Amazon will also collaborate with VA staff to expand the accessibility of Kindle reading programs to veterans and families staying at VA Fisher Houses.
AWS Certification Exam Reimbursement for Veterans: US service members returning from active duty can face many challenges as they transition to civilian life and embark on a new career. To help veterans succeed, we’ve worked with the VA to make AWS Certification exams eligible for VA reimbursement. Learn more and find answers to common questions here.
Whether you are currently transitioning out of the military or have been out for a while, whether you’re in school already have a degree, we’ve got something for you. Learn more here.
Go to www.TADPGS.com, click on the “Looking for People” tab, then view “Veterans Solutions”. To see more information for Veterans, please join our LinkedIn group, Veterans Hiring Solutions for Veterans at http://linkd.in/Sg346w. If you have specific questions, contact me at Ben.Marich@Adeccona.com
The military is its own culture. When transitioning to a civilian career, it can be daunting, but with preparation and understanding it does not have to be so challenging. Lida Citroen of Military.com has some insights. Continue reading →
Often, we find ourselves in workplace situations that create tension and drama. How we handle or do not handle it determines how effectively we can resolve it utilizing interpersonal skills and finesse. Dr. Martina Carroll-Garrison, an Executive Leadership Coach, has some thoughts that may be worth considering. Continue reading →
Often overlooked by job seekers, a thoughtful and well written thank you note may be your key to getting that job after the interview. Andrew LaCivita CEDO of Milewalk , and author of several books on the hiring process, has several insights. Continue reading →
According to the latest government unemployment data released last week, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 4.2 percent in September. The number of unemployed persons also declined by 331,000 to 6.8 million. Both measures were down over the year.
If you are looking for a new start in a different field, you are not alone. A recent survey Harris Poll on behalf of University of Phoenix showed that the majority of American workforce is interested in changing careers, but they worry about the risks of starting over. How could you pursue your dreams and know where to begin?
It is common knowledge: happy employees perform better than unhappy ones. But success does not necessarily make people happier. So what does? According to many studies, the answer is the magical phrase: “work-life balance”. The challenge here is twofold for both employees and employers. Firstly, how to make more money and still maintain healthy work-life balance, have family time, to relax and have fun. Is it possible to have it all? Secondly, how can employers make their employees happy and retain them?
In today’s job market, when you get the call for an interview, your actions, your clothing and your body language are all important factors in making the interviewer want to hire you. All too often, people overlook the colors they wear as part of their wardrobe to be equally important. Alison Doyle has some suggestions that may be worth considering. Continue reading →