About Ben

I am a 100% disabled Marine Vietnam veteran with a passion for helping veterans and their dependents. TADPGS a/k/a Adecco Government Solutions has provided me with the opportunity to help more veterans with issues related to veteran employment, PTS, TBI, Technical training, education, benefits advice, job seeker advice, and career advice. The articles posted here are a collection of resources from me, Ben Marich the Veteran’s Corporate Outreach/Hiring Liaison for TAD PGS Inc., and other experts in their fields. The articles are for veterans and employers who want to hire veterans who bring leadership, focus, experience, adaptability, accountability, and diversity to the workplace.

15 Body Language Secrets Of Successful People

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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

New Outreach Efforts to Veterans Regarding Discharges and Military Records

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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

Staying On Recruiter Radar with LinkedIn

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

Famous Veteran : Gene Hackman

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“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

29 things you should never put on your resume

Hiring managers receive, on average, 75 resumes for each position they post, according to CareerBuilder.com They don’t have the time or resources to review each resume closely, and they spend about six seconds of their initial “fit or no fit” decision. .

  • An Objective. If you applied, it’s already obvious you want the job.
  • Irrelevant Work Experiences. Stay focused on the job at hand.
  • Personal stuff. No social security numbers etc.
  • Your hobbies. Not relevant.
  • Blatant lies. You will get caught.
  • Your age. You may be subject to discrimination.
  • Too much text. Keep it simple.
  • Time off. Not appropriate in your resume.
  • If needed, your interviewer will ask.
  • Inconsistent formatting. Self explanatory.
  • Personal pronouns like I, we, she, etc.
  • Present tense of a past job. Stay current.
  • Any unnecessary words. Keep it simple and clean.
  • A less than professional email address. Keep it professional.
  • Headers, tables, footers and charts. Keep it simple.
  • Your current business contact info. Dangerous!
  • The name of your boss. Dangerous!
  • Company specific terms. Your company’s jargon may not be appropriate.
  • Social media URL’s that are not related to your application.
  • More than fifteen years’ experience. It’s not a life story.
  • Salary information. Not necessary.
  • Outdated fonts. Stay current.
  • Fancy fonts. Keep it simple.
  • Annoying buzzwords
  • Reasons you left your former position. Keep it simple.
  • Your GPA. Really?
  • A photo. Distracting.
  • Opinions not facts. Keep it simple.
  • Short term employment. Not a concern.

For further explanation see the article by Jacquelyn Smith and Rachel Gillett of Business Insider

Go to www.TADPGS.com, click on the “Looking for People” tab, then view “Veterans Solutions”. To see more for 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 Best Interview Tips for Older Job Seekers

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The competition for jobs is increasingly difficult. For older job seekers, you must be aware of the steps you must take to make yourself stand out in a field of younger applicants. The issue of discrimination against older job seekers is a real one, so what can you do to get the edge? Continue reading

New information for reviewing Discharges

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The Department of Defense announced a renewed effort to alert veterans that they may have their discharges and 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

17 Helpful Tools to Fine Tune Your Resume

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A resume is one of the essential tools in your job search. This tool is used to market or sell an applicant to an employer. It should only be a short summary, not the whole story. The following are general guidelines for writing different types of resumes. Continue reading

Famous Veteran Lost in 2016 – Hugh O’Brian

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An old-fashioned tough-guy actor who was best known for his portrayal of Wyatt Earp on the TV series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Hugh O’Brian was also a tough guy in real life. Continue reading

The New Cover Letter: 5 Unique Tweaks

How to Create a Great Cover Letter That Stands Out

 

A cover letter can be a welcome addition to the resume.  There are some “extras” that may make the difference in your cover letter making the hiring manager want to take a closer look at your resume. Continue reading