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Military to Civilian Transition: How Where You Work Changes How You Perform

The adjustment from the military workplace to the private sector office is one of the significant adjustments that veterans have to make during their military to civilian career changes. This adjustment neither simple or well-mapped in today's world, because today's workplace can be an office building with cubicles, a conference room with collaborative team environments or a home office.

With so many different potential work environments, we think it's worth reviewing them every once in a while, and today we've decided to share a great artice that points out what type of work is best done at home and at the office.

Are you a creative person? Do you routinely develop new solutions to problems or work on developing new systems, for instance? If so, you should expect to work in an office, according to The New York Times. Are you a real workhorse? Do you thrive when you're able to sit down with a task, work though it diligently for hours at a time and product copious amounts of work? If so, you could expect to be able to work from home. Why, you may ask? The reason is because corporations have spent time and money evaluating their various work arraignments - work from home, flexible home or office, and office-only scenarios, and have found which types of work are best done is which environments.

Creativity seems to require an office, where collaborators are there to evaluate ideas and grow concepts or designs. Productivity seems to be found at home, where interruptions are fewer and the employee can work in greater comfort and autonomy. Of course few jobs are all creativity or all productivity, which means the vast majority require a bit of both. Which probably explains why a large portion of Americans report working some time at home and some time at the office each week.

So, what's a takeaway from the article? There are many, but here's an easy one: If you're going into an interview it's a good idea to compare the type of work the job requires work with the work-location options the employer makes available. And, now that you know where productivity and creativity are most likely to be found, don't make the mistake of asserting that you're a creative person who works best at home, they have probably just read an article that says the opposite!


Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Interview Body Language - Part Two

The following article concludes the top 10 ways to ensure that you show good interview body language. Make sure that all the preparation you do for a job interview isn't in vain. Your body language is key to job interview success.

The final 5 of the top 10 ways to improve your interview body language are as follows:

6) Make sure that your eyes sparkle

It's all very well having good eye contact at your interview, but if your eyes aren't looking bright and interested then you're making life difficult for yourself! Make sure that you have a good night's sleep your interview. Remember - this is a very important day - you need to look your best and have no bags under your eyes! If you want your eyes to sparkle then it's worthwhile getting some whitening eye drops. It doesn't cost much but it will work.

7) Be engaged

It's important to be subtly positive at your job interview. You need to demonstrate that you're actively taking part in the interview. When your interviewer is telling you about the job role and company, make sure that you nod subtly. This shows that you are listening and are interested in what they are saying. It shows that your are engaged in the discussion process and want to be part of the organisation.

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Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Interview Body Language - Part One

interview body languageThe following article summarises the top 10 ways to ensure that you show good interview body language. Make sure that all the preparation you do for a job interview isn't in vain. Your body language is key to job interview success.

The top 10 ways to improve your interview body language are as follows:

1) Eye Contact

There's nothing more off-putting to an interviewer than the interviewee being unable to make regular, good, strong eye contact. The interviewer may think that because you're unable to do this, you either have something to hide or you may not have the conviction of your beliefs. If you're struggling to concentrate when looking straight into someone's eyes, then try looking in-between their eyes. They won't be able to tell that you aren't looking straight into their eyes, but you'll find it easier to maintain focus. Try it with a friend first to see what I mean.

2) Smile

You need to practice a strong, sincere, smile. A good smile has the power to say, "I'm a happy, confident person and I'd love to work here". Try practicing smiling in a mirror. Practice a smile that puts people at ease. It's just as much your responsibility to ensure that there is a relaxed atmosphere during the interview. If you're embarrassed about your smile, see what a dentist can do about it. It might not cost too much to fix your teeth - and it will save you a lot of money if you get the job!

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Job Interview Lessons from Real-Life Experience

It's Friday, so we're going to add a bit of humor to the blog today, albeit with an career transition benefit too. What have we chose to blog about today? Nothing less than one person's experience with a REALLY BAD interview. Earlier this spring AOL Jobs published Luke Roney's self-declared "worst job interview of my career," and it's worth reading. 

Of course it's tough to read the writer's account of how the sound of the interviewer's "teeth tearing through lettuce was the only sound in his closet of an office." But the self-assessment he conducts immediately afterward highlights three key reasons the interview went so poorly, and one essential thing for all career changers to remember: no matter what, resolve to do better next time!


Interviewing Tips for Success: Body Language

We spend a lot of time writing, thinking and advising on what to say to find your next career. Then, when we talk about delivery we (all of us) tend to focus on the verbal or written methods of communication. You might say to yourself, "what else is there?" Well, there are a lot of other ways to convey the professionalism you will bring to a potential employer.

Often times, these "other" ways are combined into the term "personal branding." We've talked about personal branding before, but today we're going to focus on something more specific: body language. Body language is a large part of nonverbal communication; how you carry yourself reflects the confidence you have in your own skills and signals to employers and interviewers that you are calm and ready to tackle the work load of the job for which you are interviewing. Here's another way to put it, courtesy of Forbes:

Power and confidence are typically conveyed through body language, and so are your stress level and how open and honest you are. “An employer will get a sense of who you are and how you will perform under pressure by assessing your body language before, during and after the interview.”

Be sure to click through to Forbes to read the rest of the article, which is full of good advice. For veterans transitioning into the private sector we suggest that they draw on their ability to perform under pressure. The interview won't be more stressful than anything you've previously experienced. And don't be fooled by the setting. Just because this is a private-sector position doesn't change this fundamental skill that you've developed (often without knowing it) during your time in the military.

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