6 Mistakes to Avoid When Transitioning

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Transitioning out of the military into civilian life is difficult. It can be even more difficult if you make basic mistakes that can hinder you from entering the civilian culture prepared. Task and Purpose have compiled a few guidelines for you. Continue reading

STEM Careers That Only Require An Associate’s Degree

A STEM career doesn’t always mean a lot of schooling is involved. There are many positions that are integral pieces of the STEM field that require more experience than schooling.

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Can Transitioning Military get Unemployment?

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The individual states and American territories administer unemployment compensation. The military pays for unemployment insurance premiums on your behalf to the state of your home of record. The program is the Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members or UCX.

Although unemployment is designed to assist individuals and families in the event of job loss, the military has designed UCX to pay benefits, generally, even if you do not decide to re-enlist voluntarily. There is a UCX program in each state that can be contacted through the unemployment compensation office. Continue reading

Best Interview Tips for Older Job Seekers

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Older job seekers are normally concerned that the company will hire a younger applicant. Arnie Fertig of U. S. News and World report has some stips. For the older job seeker that make sense. Continue reading

The Highest Paying College Majors of 2017

Choosing the right major can have a big impact on your future. Students should determine what interests them to help guide them in the right direction but knowing which majors have the highest earning potential, certainly can help when making such a big life decision.

The Highest Paying College Majors Starting Salaries

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Seven Things Recruiters Reproach Older Job Seekers about

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Older job seekers often feel they are fighting an uphill battle to get a job. Many of the prejudices against older job seekers can be mitigated if you are aware of them.

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Lawmakers Try Again to Accelerate Discipline of VA Employees

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, file photo, an American flag flies over Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are trying again – this time with support from the Department of Veterans Affairs – to give the VA secretary more power to fire, demote or suspend poor-performing employees and recoup their bonuses. Continue reading

Famous Veteran George Gaynes lost in 2016

George Gaynes

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

Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts That Everyone Should Know

 

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

Famous Veteran Lawrence Colburn lost in 2016

In this March 15, 2008 file photo, My Lai Massacre survivor Do Ba, 48, left, stands with former U.S. Army officer Lawrence Colburn, 58, during the 40th anniversary of the incident in My Lai, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)

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