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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

Weekly Words of Inspiration

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Deb’s Dish on Work Life
“If you constantly begrudge the success of others – you’ll never enjoy the company of great minds”
. . . Deb Kloeppel, CEO, MSCCN

Read Deb’s latest articles at www.msccn.org

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FindWork Wednesday: Salute to the Marine Corps

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It’s a time of the year many Marines look forward to and treasure, The Marine Corps Birthday on November 10th! They take their finest uniform “dress blues” out to get cleaned, shine their dress shoes, and medals.  You will hear exuberant shouts of “Happy Birthday, Simper Fi and Oorah” to their fellow brothers/Marines. There is always a sense of pride and acomplishment in the air when you are surrounded by a room full of Marines, they are happy, proud and ecstatic about what they have done, what they stand for, and the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce with their fellow brothers about the good old days.

This is one of the best times of year as they celebrate another year of greatness and the beginning of the Toys for Tots Program. If you are looking for to do something good for the Marines and make a difference; consider thanking them for their service, donating to Toys for Tots, or even helping to make a special night better. You can start by looking for work at resorts, volunteer with family readiness officers to help plan and coordinate fundraising efforts, catering, babysitting, etc.

If you are looking for opportunities to  make a difference this season  and helping out a selfless group of warriors that put their lives on the line then 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 three opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Opening with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Opening with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

  1. SR Assistant, Office/Program FT, Detrick Maryland 52532BR
  2. Facility Technician, Las Vegas, NV 53259BR
  3. Account Executive, Raleigh, NC 52241BR
  4. MarketingGreeter/Receptionist, Daytona, FL
  5. Catering Manager, JC Resorts, Temecula, CA
  6. Assurance Entertainment & Media Manager, PWC, Los Angeles, CA
  7. Reservations Agent, Destination Hotels & Resort, USA
  8. Quality Assurance Representative, Wyndham International, Las Vegas, NV
  9. BanquetStoreroom Clerk, Luxury Resorts & Hotels, Boca Raton, FL
  10. Slots/Beverage Service Supervisor, The Palazzo Resort, Bethlehem, PA

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

Find Work Wednesday: The Bilingual Edition

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch? ¿Habla usted español?  Parlez-vous français?  Parli italiano?  هل تتكلم العربية؟ Puhutko suomea?  Говорите ли вы русский язык?

Most of us who have grown up in the United States public school systems have been exposed to a foreign language or two before we graduate.  Even my preschooler has been exposed to limited Spanish phrases thanks to Dora, Diego and Handy Manny. But, for most of us who have not been raised in a bilingual family, we often lose or do not retain the languages that we are not regularly exposed to. But the ability to speak two or more languages definitely has its advantages to a job seeker.  Bilingual, trilingual or multilingual speakers are, ever increasingly, in high demand with employers across the
country.

We live in a global economy and a job seeker who can conduct business in a second language (or more) can definitely have an advantage over a monolingual speaker.  I work at a call center in Grand Rapids, MI.  (Not
especially known as an epicenter for cultural diversity.)  Our company, however, is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  We conduct
business with hoteliers and customers on 6 out of 7 continents.  (I don’t know of any hotels in Antarctica, but then again, I haven’t tried to visit!)

At any given time, we can be conducting business in as many as 30 languages from our office in Grand Rapids, MI. What a diverse, interesting, and unique office environment!  Keep in mind some employers will even reimburse for the programs to help you learn a new language.  So how far are you willing to go to get a pay raise or new job, would you learn a new language?

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses, military service members, and Veterans can be found at our Job Seeker’s page.  Opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN” and searching for the reference number. Additional jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with the JobCentral National Labor exchange”.

Spanish

Bilingual Relay Associate, AT&T, Augusta, GA 51381BR

Bilingual Back Office Medical Assistant, Concentra, Houston,  TX 51383BR

At Work-Paramedic/PRN, Concentra Ft Lauderdale, FL 51384BR

Product Developer I, Nike, Portland, OR 51385BR

Part Time Data Collections Interviewer, Convergys, Erlanger, KY 51387BR

Bilingual Customer Service Rep, Convergys, Jacksonville,  FL 51389BR

Mandarin

Bilingual Store Manager, AT&T, Flushing, NY 51382BR

French

Part Time Data Collections Interviewer, Convergys, Erlanger,  KY 53188BR

German

Bilingual German Customer Service Resolution Rep, Convergys, Orem, UT 51386BR

JobCentral National Labor Exchange Positions:

Find Work Wednesday: Teacher’s Salute Edition

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Did you hear that?  Listen close.  That was the sound of millions of children climbing the steps of a million busses to go to a million schools across the country.  That other sound you heard – the groans of a million kids heading back into the fray mixed with the sound of a million moms sighing with relief as their little darlings start another year of school, along with the sprinkle of a few tears.

This week’s Find Work Wednesday edition is to honor of the millions of men and women educators who we entrust with the hearts and minds of our future.  Since the school year has already started the ideal job may be elusive for a little while; there are many viable career options out there for men and women who know how to teach.  We also recognize there are many educators out there who have struggled in today’s economy with school cutbacks, hiring freezes and job loss.  However, educators bring some unique talents to the corporate world — understanding the tenants and principles of education; the ability to teach a skill is a valuable commodity in the business world – one that not everyone possesses.

We, as parents, send our kids into classrooms and impart on teachers and educator the task of teaching, leading, inspiring, challenging and caring for our children.  We salute all educators who meet this monumental mission with determination and triumph.  So if you are still looking, consider sharing your special talent with some of the companies below, they would be honored to have you!

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first fifteen 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 the National Labor Exchange”.

  1.  Military Base Site Coordinator, K-12, EF Warren AFB-Cheyenne, WY 50930BR
  2. Teacher-F/T Social Studies-Virtual, K-12, Statewide, OH 50929BR
  3. Advisor, K-12, Statewide, OH   50928BR
  4. Office Administrator, K-12, New Orleans, LA 50927BR
  5. Foreign Language, K-12, All States   50926BR
  6. Virtual Math Teacher HS, K-12, Grand Rapids, MI  50925BR
  7. Site Coordinator, K-12, Midwest City, OK (Tinker AFB)   50924BR
  8. Teacher HS Virtual, K-12, Lawrence, KS    50923BR
  9. Teacher 7-12 Virtual, K-12, Bloomsburg, PA 50922BR
  10. Head of School, K-12, New Orleans, LA 50920BR
  11. Teacher-P/T Spanish, K-12, Statewide, ID 50938BR
  12. Records Dept. Analyst, K-12, Atlanta, CA   50933BR
  13. Teacher-P/T French, K-12, Statewide, ID 50937BR
  14. Trainer, Ft. Lewis, Washington, 50499BR
  15. Sr. Military Science Instructor, ROTC, Bowling Green, KY, 50038BR
  16. Staff Research Assoc I #12828, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  17. After-School Staff, Melmark New England (Andover, MA)
  18. Curriculum Development / IEP Coordinator, Melmark New England (Andover, MA)
  19. Job Coach, Trinity Health & Employment Services, LLC (Bridgeport, CT)
  20. Geometry Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Redwood City, CA)
  21. Network Systems Expert, American Tutoring.com (Hillsboro, OR)
  22. History Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Harrisburg, PA)
  23. Chemistry Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Piedmont, CA)
  24. College Chemistry Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
  25. AP Calculus BC Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Fremont, CA)
  26. Writing Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Champaign, IL)
  27. Admissions Reader, #12833, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  28. Sr. Scoring Director/Chief Reader, Pearson (Malta, NY)
  29. Marketing/Social Media Coordinator (PT), Hillcrest Family Services (Dubuque, IA)

*Note- here is a helpful resource if you are considering teaching virtually! National Standards for Online Teaching:

http://www.inacol.org/research/nationalstandards/NACOL%20Standards%20Quality%20Online%20Teaching.pdf

 

Find Work Wednesday: Looking for a Dynamic Career?

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Employers and search engines frequently use the word “dynamic” in referring to their company, the  jobs they offer and the type of employees they want to hire.  In fact, to a seasoned job hunter, we can often become immune to that word, skimming passed it without really considering what that word offers to a job description or a resume.

The definition of “dynamic” means, essentially, something that is marked by continually and productive activity or change, the driving or energizing force involved in a process of change, the ability to get things going and get things done — which, maybe, is why so many companies use the word in describing their company and available jobs.   Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

The thing with being dynamic – either as a company, as a job seeker or as a career – is that we can find that, or be that, in virtually every aspect of our lives and in every job we do.  A dynamic career is one that moves forward , that evolves, that innovates , that exacts change – whether that change is social, political, technological, procedural or simply moving the mission and goals of a company forward.

This week’s Find Work Wednesday focuses on General Dynamics and careers that focus on being a change agent in the workplace.  General Dynamics is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat vehicles and systems, armaments, and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and mission-critical information systems and technologies. They are the force behind many of the technologies and equipment that keep our spouses safe on the front lines.  And, if ever there was a reason to be
“dynamic,” I can’t think of a better one that that.

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 National Labor Exchange”.

  1. Director, Marketing, General Dynamics, San Diego, CA, 50492BR
  2. Trainer, General Dynamics, Fort Drum, NY, 50503BR
  3. Military Science Instructor, General Dynamics, Indianapolis, IA, 50062BR
  4. Senior Human Factors Engineer, General Dynamics, Detroit, MI, 50017BR
  5. Administrator Supply Chain Operations, General Dynamics, Boston, MA, 49334BR
  6. Proposal Coordinator, Altegrity (Falls Church, VA)
  7. RequirementsSpecialist, Dynamics Research Corporation (Chantilly, VA)
  8. FederalVideo Motion Graphic Specialist, AVI-SPL, Inc. (Midland, MI)    
  9. Organizational Change Workforce Consultant, Accenture (Washington, Dc, DC)
  10. Talent& Leadership Effectiveness Strategy and Consulting Senior Manager, Allstate (USA)