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Create Your Own Career: Friday's Entrepreneur Idea

For many individuals leaving the military, starting a business is an attractive option but one that is fraught with roadblocks. Maybe you have an idea for a product to sell, but don't know how to get it produced, or how to take it to market. Well, CNN/Money has found one way to solve these problems: 3D printing, right here in the USA! Watch the video to see how an idea can become a reality, a sale, and possibly a successful business.


What's The Status of Your 2013 Career Goals?

Time for a check-in. As we approach the end of January, the first month of the year, how are your 2013 career goals progressing? What have you crossed off your list? What's still there?

If you find yourself stuck in a bit of a rut, consider reviewing some of our most popular career/resolution-related posts. It's never too late to start setting career goals for 2013.


Here are some posts to check out:


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Job Searching and Social Media: Facebook Profile Self-Evaluation

We recently came across a great graphic, put together by Socially Stacked, about how to perform a Facebook profile evaluation. The graphic and accompanying post are primarily written for entrepreneurs. However, what is good for entrepreneurs is often just as good for job searchers and career changers.

Today, more and more employers are utilizing Facebook to learn about candidates and to post new jobs, that to ignore your Facebook profile is to ignore a significant portion of your online job search activities.


Jobs for Veterans: Wal-Mart Seeks 100,000 New Veteran Employees

Yesterday, Wal-Mart announced a major hiring initiative. The veteran hiring-related portion of their news release is copied below.

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Beginning Memorial Day, Walmart will offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran in his or her first 12 months off active duty. Most of these jobs will be in Walmart stores and clubs, and some will be in distribution centers and the Home Office.

“Hiring a veteran can be one of the best business decisions you make,” said Simon. “Veterans have a record of performance under pressure. They’re quick learners and team players. They are leaders with discipline, training, and a passion for service. There is a seriousness and sense of purpose that the military instills, and we need it today more than ever.”

Walmart’s pledge is not the end of this effort; it’s the beginning. The company projects it will hire more than 100,000 veterans during the next five years. 

“We believe Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country, and we want to hire more,” added Simon. “I can think of no better group to lead in revitalizing our economy than those who have served in uniform. Through their service, veterans give us a land of freedom. When they return, it must be to a land of possibility.”

Walmart has spoken with the White House about this commitment. The First Lady’s team immediately expressed an interest in working with Walmart and with the entire business community to join forces to build upon this commitment. In the next several weeks, the White House will convene the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and major American employers to encourage businesses to make significant commitments to train and employ America’s returning heroes. 

“This is exactly the kind of act we hoped would be possible when we started Joining Forces - a concrete example of our nation's love and support that our troops, veterans, and their families can feel in their lives every day,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “As our wars come to an end and our troops continue to come home, it's more important than ever that all of us - not just government, but our businesses and nonprofits as well - do our part to serve those who have served us so bravely.  So today, my challenge is simple: for every business in America to follow Walmart's lead by finding innovative solutions that both make sense for their workplaces and make a difference for our veterans and their families.  Given what we've seen from Walmart and so many other companies over the past two years, we know that they will.”

Simon also called on the retail industry to work together to provide greater career opportunities for veterans.

“Imagine what retail could do together,” said Simon. “We could leave an incredible legacy as an industry. We can be the ones who step up for our heroes. And we can do this now.”


5 Blog Posts for the Military to Civilian Career Transition

It's been a while since we rounded up some of the best posts in our archives for those in the military to civilian career transition process. Here are five of our favorites!

  • Companies that Hire Veterans: The Veteran's Advantage: Companies that hire veterans will find that veterans possess unique skills and experiences that make them not only great employees, but great colleagues. A career in the military is not your average career. Because of the military's unique working environment and mission, veterans acquire unique skills and qualities that employers desire - and that give them an advantage in a career search. Read more...
  • Veterans Career: Top 10 Federal Government Twitter Accounts to Follow: Here is a quick list of our 10 Favorite Federal Government Tweeters to follow for veteran career advice, employment opportunities, resources, information and more! Many of these tweeters also talk about other important topics for vets, too, giving you even more reason to follow them! Read more...
  • 5 Steps to a Great Career Change Resume: All good resumes showcases meaningful results by saying: "Here are the things I did. Here are the results we achieved, and this is why those results mattered." Furthermore, a career change resume has to make the case that your ability to achieve meaningful results--in other words, your value as a employee--is transferable to a new, perhaps an entirely new, situation. Read more...
  • Military to Civilian Transition: New Employment Initiatives for Veterans: The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS). Read more...
  • Grants and Scholarships for Veterans: You've served your country, now it's time to see what Uncle Sam can do for you. Well when it comes to getting your college degree, he can do a lot. There are millions of tax-free dollars available to veterans and their dependents, consider it a thank you for your service. Read more...


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