He might have been a Coastie, but Arnold Palmer had his own army. The golfing legend who inspired a devoted group of fans known as “Arnie’s Army,” Palmer was already a golf phenom when he enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1950, after dropping out of Wake Forest. As he later recounted, “I was at Wake Forest for three and a half years and my roommate got killed in an automobile accident and I was pretty distraught over that and decided that I needed to get away.” Palmer credits his service with helping him give his life some direction. “The knowledge that I gained, the maturity that I gained in the Coast Guard was unbelievable. It matured me,” he said. “It made me a better person… The military isn’t just restrictions and military duties. It’s learning and it’s very important that young people have that opportunity to learn and to know themselves a little better, and I think the military helps put that in the right perspective.” Continue reading →
Cybersecurity: Do You Have The Necessary Skills? Part I.
Data breaches or network vulnerabilities will only keep increasing in the future. Consequently, cybersecurity experts are more in demand than ever. This is especially true for employers and states looking for professionals being able to “not only maintain firewalls”, but with advanced knowledge, experience and technical experience. In 2016, 46 percent of organizations claimed not to have enough experts with the desired skills. However, becoming an expert in the cybersecurity field seems to be more difficult to achieve than previously thought. It is such a broad sector/sphere/discipline that it can be overwhelming to find the right path. What does it take? What skills are needed? Which certifications are the best?
Our body language often speaks more than our verbal skills. Being aware of your body language and training yourself to use proper body language can make the difference in how you get along with people and possibly in your job search. Continue reading →
As anticipated, the national unemployment rate fell from 4.8 % to 4.7 % over last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Approximately 235,000 new jobs were created in February, adding to the national economy. This development follows a long-term trend, with the U.S. economy having grown for 94 straight months. This is the third-longest recorded growth for the U.S. economy and it is good news for all job seekers.
The Department of Defense announced a renewed effort to alert veterans that they may have their service records reviewed for a change of status. Those veterans who feel they were victims of an injustice regarding their discharges etc. may now request a review of their status Continue reading →
Race and gender play a significant role in the job market. Unfortunately, minorities and women are underrepresented in most STEM careers. Only 25% in this workforce is made up of women. Women are also less likely to graduate in these disciplines. In order to close this gap, President Donald Trump has signed two bills supporting women in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Both H.R. 321 and H.R. 255 are designed to support women’s participation in STEM education and encourage them to pursue careers in these disciplines.
Only 4% of recruiters do not use social media to find and hire candidates. 87% utilize LinkedIn. Learning what recruiters do and what they are looking for can make a huge difference in your search for a new career. Barbra Adams has some insights that may be of value. Continue reading →
“I have trouble with direction, because I have trouble with authority. I was not a good Marine.”
Gene Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, but family problems spurred him into moving frequently. Although they finally settled in Danville Illinois, his father left when Hackman was 13 years old and his mother was an alcoholic. At the age of 16, Hackman decided to drop out of high school and join the Marines. Despite being underage, he lied well enough to enlist. Continue reading →