Best known as Punky Brewster’s cantankerous foster father and the comically clueless Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy movie series, George Gaynes had a personal military history that could easily have been classified as “too crazy to be true.” Born as George Jongejans to a Dutch father and Russian mother in Finland, Gaynes was a classically trained opera singer making a living in in France when the Germans invaded in 1940. Upon escaping the occupying German forces, he was arrested by the Francoist Spain police in the Pyrennes. After being released in 1942, Gaynes made his way to Britain, where he enlisted in the Royal Netherlands Navy. Because of his skills with languages (he spoke Dutch, English, French, Italian and Russian), he was detached to the Royal Navy in 1943 as a translator assigned to the convoy commodore HMS Hilary, which eventually took part in the Allied invasion of Sicily later that year. Later Gaynes was assigned to the destroyer HMS Wilton, which participated in the Battle of Anzio in 1944, and was promoted to Sergeant (Petty officer, 1st class). Continue reading →
Your job interview is the culmination of a lot of effort on your part to get to the “starting gate”. There are some simple rules that can make the difference on how that interview goes. Sam Becker of the Cheat Sheet has some observations that may be of help. Continue reading →
Lawrence Manley Colburn, a helicopter gunner in the Vietnam War who helped end the slaughter of hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese villagers by U.S. troops at My Lai, has died. He was 67. Continue reading →
One of the main areas where job candidates seek support is on the interview. So, here are five lessons learned over the years that make a great interview. Bruno Pell, the head of Citibank’s veteran recruiting program identifies five areas for making a great first impression and making that interview successful. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
Reasons you left your former position. Keep it simple.
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 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 →