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Veterans Day: Remembering that Number

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24324_506457942804_1714822_nBy: SFC Josh Marquis (pictured)

As November approaches, we often look at the calendar in anticipation of that one day when most health food addicts suffer a significant emotional event.  But nestled quietly between the 10th and the 12th, annotated with neatly printed text, is another significant event known as “Veterans Day.”

“How’d that get there?” we often ask ourselves.

The celebration of November 11th dates back nearly 100 years.  President Wilson took to the national stage on November 11, 1919 to recognize the first anniversary of the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations.  While honoring the brave men who perished during World War I, he referred to this day as “Armistice Day.”  It was celebrated as such for another 35 years before being renamed “Veterans Day” in 1954 after a World War II veteran named Raymond Weeks fought to expand the holiday.  His hopes were to not only honor those veterans who gave their lives for this great nation during World War I, but to celebrate all veterans.  On May 26, 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill expanding the holiday which would later become known as “Veterans Day” during a Congressional amendment on June 1, 1954.

While “Memorial Day” recognizes those who made the ultimate sacrifice, “Veterans Day” recognizes all Veterans, both past and present, while still honoring all veterans who have passed away, regardless of cause.  But just how many people are we honoring?  According the U.S. Census Bureau (2011), even though 1.47 million veterans are serving on active duty at any given time, there are 21.5 million veterans in the United States today.  That’s just 7% of the population.  Dating back to June 14, 1775, some estimates show an astonishing 100 million people have served in the American military.

Wherever you may be on Monday, November 11, think of that number.  Whether you’re spending the day celebrating with a classic American barbeque, spending the day out with family, earning your next paycheck, or relaxing at home, remember that number.  Without that number, the United States may still be paying levies to the Queen; Europe may be in the hands of the Nazis; the United States may be dependent on the Japanese; Communism may rule the world; Saddam may be in control of the world’s oil; and the United States may have never gotten justice for September 11, 2001.

This Veterans Day, if you know a veteran, hug them, praise them, look them in the eye and shake their hand.  Whatever you do, thank them.  Remember that number because, without it, the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness may no longer be self-evident.

Read more Veteran stories in the Military Service Employment Journal at msej.info

Words of Inspiration

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Deb’s Dish on Work Life

Don’t exaggerate your professional profiles on social networking sites because you’re much more interesting JUST the way you are! ” . . . Deb Kloeppel, CEO, MSCCN
Read Deb’s latest articles in Army Wife Network  and  Blue Star Families

Thinking of a new career? Volunteer to gain experience!

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Career Corp Gateway Applicant Specialists Job Description

Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN)

INTRODUCTION

The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide employment readiness, job training, and placement assistance at NO COST to military spouses, transitioning Military, National Guard, Reserves, Veterans, War Wounded, and Caregivers of War Wounded (i.e. military-affiliated applicants). The MSCCN was founded in 2004 by a Navy spouse and is operated and managed by a team of geographically diverse military spouses, veterans, and caregivers located near military installations across the country. MSCCN is the only nonprofit organization that works as an employment partner to the Armed Forces through Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) from every branch of service, working with Headquarters on down to the military family centers. Additionally, we bring employers and military applicants together through a unique partnership MSCCN has with DirectEmployers Association, Inc. a group of Charter Members, and numerous sponsors and donors.

Since 2004 MSCCN has assisted over 3 million military affiliated applicants in the areas of career focus, employment readiness, and job placement assistance.

Through the Career Corps Volunteer Program the MSCCN offers our military-affiliated job seekers the opportunity to serve in positions that allow them to keep their work experience current while they hone and expand their skills. Want to stay competitive? Join the MSCCN Career Corps.

MSCCN Human Resources – Gateway Job Specialists Career Corps volunteer positions are virtually served.

General Description:

The Talent Management Gateway Applicant Specialist is responsible for handling a variety of tasks in support of our corporate partners, our applicants, and the MSCCN Team. Working under the direction of the Gateway Manager, the Talent Management Gateway Specialist will work with other team members to ensure the successful delivery of MSCCN services to customers (corporations and applicants).

Key Responsibilities:
1. Contacts applicants via email and telephone to obtain additional information, schedule interviews and appointments, provide information, and introduce them to MSCCN services.

2. Provides reports and statistics that track and measure applicant progress.

3. Assists new team members by training them on functionality of the Talent Management Gateways.

4. Completes daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as required by Gateway Manager.

5. Develops and maintains relationships with applicants, corporate partners, and military family centers.
Education Requirements
Minimum: High School Diploma or GED, Associates Degree preferred. Two to three years of customer service / administrative experience, preferably in a non-profit setting.

 

Competencies:

1. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

2. Knowledge, training, and practice of superior customer service skills.

3. Organizational and time management skills.

4. Ability to work independently, maintain confidential information, multitask and follow-up.
Individuals who serve this position will learn:

Use of new software – Kenexa – that is used by thousands of companies throughout the world

Employment mapping and other human resource skills

SQL data querying and reporting (a skill almost every company wants its employees to have)

Networking and relationship building as you work with the applicants, recruiters, and the National Guard Bureau in regards to positions for National Guard Commands nationwide.

Please send your resume to Erin Voirol, Gateway Manager at

e_voirol@msccn.org.

Find Work Anytime: Holiday Temp Jobs!

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I have heard that this is the best time to look for work. Many candidates slow down or stop their job search because of the holidays. So, you have a better chance of making network connections (holiday cheer), getting an interview, and even getting hired. So it’s time to network and get the word out that you are looking for a job.

This time of year you can also find a stepping stone position as a temp or seasonal worker. Treat your temp or seasonal work like it is your dream job. Work your schedule, do a good job, be a problem solver, do a more than what is asked of you, and make a lasting impression.   A seasonal job can become a permanent position. Great places to check out are department stores, packing agencies, doctor’s offices, etc.

For additional ideas of jobs check out this week’s Find Work Anytime.  All the positions and thousands of other positions for military-affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page.  The first five opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Opening with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

  1. Driver Helpers Seasonal, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 54397BR
  2. Customer Care Professional Any City, Alabama 54080BR
  3. Project Manager, Louisville, Kentucky 53329BR
  4. Part – Time Retail Sales Consultant Redlands, CA 55279BR
  5. Retail Sales Consultant, Bi-lingual Spanish, Garland, Texas 55273BR
  6. Store Seasonal Employee, Lowes, Mira Loma, CA
  7. Claims Professional Trne – IAP Sedgwick Claims Management Svs. , Inc. Riverside, CA
  8. Data Entry Clerk, Adecco, Fallbrook, CA
  9. Floater Teacher, Knowledge Learning Corporation, Hemet, CA
  10. Seasonal – Retail Sales – jewelry  – Galleria at Tyler, Nordstrom, Riverside, CA

Find Work Wednesday – Spooky Careers Edition

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I have hauled out the plastic orange pumpkins and decked the halls with skeletons and spiders.  I donned my “Supermom” cape to create a Pirate Cheerleader costume. (Don’t ask – I really don’t know how to define it.)  The porch light has been changed and I have stocked up on the most evil of all Halloween essentials – the snack sized Snickers.  Unbeknownst to me, Clark Griswold moved in to the house next door over the summer and has happily festooned and bedazzled his front yard with no less than 15 ten foot high inflatable monsters.  All this in anticipation of the onslaught of pint sized ghosts, goblins, ghouls, witches, warlocks, pirate and princesses.

So, in honor of the scariest night of the year, we thought we’d focus this edition of Find Work Wednesday on creepy careers.  Now, confession time:  as much fun as Halloween is for the kiddos, the darker side of the underworld sets the hair on the back of my neck on edge.   Some people are just naturally drawn to the creepy, frightening, macabre world of the undead.  I am not one of them.  It took me 5 trips to Disneyworld before I would go into the Haunted Mansion – as an adult.  One episode of “Fantasy Island” when I was seven scarred me well into my teenage years.  I can’t sit around the campfire and tell ghost stories, I have happily passed over the whole Stephen King genre, do not understand the whole “Twilight” fascination and those “ghost hunter” shows on television just freak me out.

It’s a safe bet that you won’t find me pursuing a career as funeral director or a cemetery caretaker.  However, what we consider as “scary” or “creepy” is, admittedly, relative.  One person’s phobia can be another person’s fascination.    What may repulse one person may just be all in a day’s work for another.  We need people in the world to study spiders, control the pest population, keep the bats out of the attic, and clean up the animals along the side of the road who lost their race with oncoming traffic.  We don’t often think about it, but someone has to clean up crime scenes, write obituaries, and perform autopsies. We need crime scene investigators and coroners and medical detectives, taxidermists, and people who watch over our cemeteries.  They might not be the career choices for everyone, but, if you can get beyond the “fear factor,” they might just work for you.

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military-affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first five opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

 

  1. 52819BR  Morgue Assistant, Houston, TX
  2. 52818BR  Phlebotomist, Tampa, FL
  3. 52817BR  Medical Tech/Blood Bank, Fort Worth, TX
  4. 52816BR  Blood Bank Medical Technologist, Cambridge, MA
  5. 52812BR Veteran’s Cemetary Caretaker, Hardin, KY
  6. Forensic Photographer City of Orlando (Orlando, FL)
  7. Crime Laboratory Analyst MyFlorida (FL)
  8. Branch Commercial Pest Control Service Representative – 7090 ServiceMaster Family of Brands
  9. Dental Hygienist Aspen Dental
  10. Personal Effects Specialist II Capstone Corporation
  11. Mortuary Affairs Specialist Army Reserve
  12. Animal Care Technician MPI Research
  13. Pathology Lab Supervisor II Johns Hopkins Hospital

Find Work Wednesday – Starting Over Edition (Stepping Stone Careers)

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We recently changed cable providers.  This was my husband’s idea as, I suspect, he was tired of listening to me complain about how expensive our other provider was getting.  So, he signed us up for one of those “first customer introductory rates.” So far, I am not a fan.  While I was painfully aware of our previous provider’s inadequacies, at least, they were familiar inadequacies.  I had made friends with the remote control, memorized how to find my favorite channels and could, for the most part, find my way around the menu selections.   Now, I have to start all over again.

The reality of starting over hasn’t been completely unfamiliar to me in the last few years. Like so many, I lost my job a few years ago – a casualty of the economy and corporate politics at the upper echelons at the company I worked for 10 years.  The thought of having to start over in a new career or with a new company can be daunting.  In truth, it can be paralyzing.  We can become so overwhelmed with the “where do I begin” emotions of starting over that we don’t move forward at all.  It can be an intimidating thing when that ladder of success slips out from under you and you have to start climbing back up from the bottom again.

But, starting over also gives us the opportunity to reinvent ourselves…to wipe the slate clean and to ask that proverbial question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”  And, not just ask that question, but begin moving towards that goal whether that means
volunteering, going back to school or starting in an entry level position in a new career.

This week’s Find Work Wednesday focuses on our partnership with Convergys and their work from home program and call center programs.   Convergys offers entry level or call center opportunities, supporting many fortune 500 companies in a customer service, light sales or technical support in a “work from home” format or at various call centers located across the country.

While it’s not for everyone, a work from home option is a great opportunity for military spouses or anyone looking for the stability of a full time job but the flexibility of a career that can be boxed up and moved to various duty stations or based around the needs of a family at home.  The time and money saved on a daily commute, meals out and work wardrobe can be used for more important things in life.

The flexibility of working from home also means less interruption or hiccups in career advancement that often comes with frequent moves.  Your seniority, training and expertise moves with you.  Just because you may start in an “entry-level position”, that doesn’t mean you have to stay there.  Not only does Convergys allow employees the option of working in the comfort of their own home, they also offer opportunities for career advancement within Convergys and possibly beyond.

If you have this special niche and want to take on a real challenge check out this week’s Find Work Wednesday position and thousands of other position for military affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page.  The first five opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Opening with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

 

  1. CenterCustomer Service Assoc, FedEx,  Kansas City, MO 52685BR
  2. Center Customer Service Assoc, Denver, CO 52681BR
  3. Center Specialist, Chapel Hill, NC 52679BR
  4. Center Customer Service Coord, West Jordan, UT 52674BR
  5. Sales Customer Service Spec, San Diego, CA 52613BR
  6. Sales and Servie Rep II, Convergys, Valdosta, GA
  7. Manager, Operations-Call Center, Convergys, Denver, CO
  8. Cust Serv & Problem Res Rep I, Jacksonville, NC
  9. Insurance Sales Representative, Wichita, KS
  10. Cust Service & Sales Reps Now Hiring $10.00/hr, Chattanooga, TN

Find Work Wednesday – the Anarchy Edition

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Ahh, yes.  The time has come again.  The smells, sight and sounds are all around you.  No, I’m not talking about spiced cider, pumpkins, turning leaves, crisp fall days, or squirrels scurrying to gather nuts for the winter.

It’s the smell of the blood, sweat and tears of candidates in the throes of political ambition, competition, and desperation; the rustle of elected officials and their minions, scurrying through the hallowed halls of government, seeking political favor, casting blame and gathering ammunition to squash their competition.  Podiums across America are being dusted off and polished up, along with the images and reputations of many government leaders, to bear witness to a candidate’s credentials as he or she attempts to convince us why they should represent the voice of the people. Republican, Democrat, Independent, liberal, conservative, Green Party, Tea Party or any party in between, the start of the political and election season is underway.

As Americans gear up for another brutal (as much as we may wish it otherwise) election season, it is time once again to don the waders as we navigate our way through the political quagmire of campaign  speeches, political promises, baby kissing, lobbyists, fundraising, and lengthy debates.  I have caught up on all my old Army Wives episodes, cleared out my DVR, and am ready to fast forward my way through the next 14 months of political ads.

Whatever your political party of choice, there seems to be little doubt that come November 2012, the path to Washington D.C . (and let’s not forget our local legislators) promises to be littered with the unmet political aspirations, hopes and dreams of many a political career. As an act of public service, we felt that, for this edition of Find Work Wednesday, we would focus our attention on career opportunities for our politicians who may find themselves out of a job come November 2012.  We are making no predictions as to the future election turnout. But, if American sentiment is the same next year as it is today, we anticipate numerous politicians hitting the want ads.  Competition for jobs can be fierce, and, as we job seekers know, it’s never too early to get a head start.

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses, Veterans, and Military-affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first nine opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange.”

  1. Group X Instructor, 24 Hour Fitness, Los   Angeles, CA 51621BR
  2. Group X Instructor, 24 Hour Fitness, Colorado Springs 51622BR
  3. Personal Trainer I, 24 Hour Fitness, Phoenix,  AZ 51623BR
  4. Personal Trainer I, 24 Hour Fitness, Fort Worth,  TX 51624BR
  5. Project Assoc. Art Director, ESPN, Inc, Bristol,  CT 51625BR
  6. Talent Producer, ESPN, Inc, Bristol,  CT 51626BR
  7. Assistant Store Manager, Game Stop, Oceanside,  CA 51627BR
  8. Assistant Store Manager, Game Stop, Fayetteville, NC 51628BR
  9. Starbucks, Store Manager, locations nationwide 51394BR
  10.  VP Government Relations, Rolls Royce (Reston, VA)
  11. Executive Support Administrator-Vice Chair – TAS – New York Ernst & Young (New York, NY)
  12. Associate Director, MidEast Initiative DePaul University (USA)
  13. Government Affairs Associate GeoEye (USA)
  14. Communications Manager (Contractor) The Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC)
  15. Solyndra, Fremont, CA