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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

Find Work Wednesday: Veteran Career Interests after Serving

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November 11th is Veteran’s Day and in honor of all of those who have served we will be dedicating all Find Work Wednesdays in November to Veteran’s Jobs.

If most troops are like mine, they have a steady paycheck, a job they love, and no immediate plans to get out, so they have not given much thought to what they will be doing after they get out. When probed they probably say “I will worry about it when the time comes”. In this economy, you need a plan. First, think of what you want to do. Once you have an idea you can research job requirements needed, experience, education, and certifications. Veterans need know local resources to choose from to get help, who to contact, and how to use their military experience to add skills to their resume to achieve career goals in the civilian world.

A common occupation area chosen by Veterans is law enforcement, because it is similar to their military training, duties, etc. Some specific job titles veterans look at are: private contractors, physical fitness trainers, security officers, overseas contractors, recruiters, weapons experts, etc.

If you are a veteran and need some assistance with finding job postings check out this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions 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 Opening with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

1. Sr. Industrial Security Spec., Goleta, CA 525523BR

2. Assistant COMSEC Custodian, El Segundo, CA 52527BR

3. Engineer I/II, Newport, RI 52539BR

4. Tanker, North Carolina 52255BR

5. Van Regional/OTR, Illinois 52242BR

6. Security Officer, AlliedBarton Security Services, Milpitas, CA

7. Government Services Security Officer, AlliedBarton Security Services, San Francisco, CA

8. Radio Frequency Engineer, ConocoPhillips, Bartlesville, OK

9. Correctional Officer, Corrections Corporation of America, Woodville, MS

10. Personal Trainer, World Health Club, USA

Find Work Wednesday – Get Paid for Stuff You Already DO Edition

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Today, I have been tagged, poked, IM’ed, pinged, dinged, and friended.  I have updated my status, tweeted, blogged, surfed, linkedIn, liked, Skyped and Googled.  I think I even had the opportunity to “Digg” something but I have no idea what that means.

Do you ever stop to wonder what our forefathers would have thought of our culture today? If Mr. Merriam and Mr. Webster were alive today they might think they were plopped into a foreign country with some of the terms we use today.  It’s a bit mind-boggling to think that in 250 years we’ve progressed from lanterns in windows (and I don’t mean the Microsoft kind) as a means of communication to being able to broadcast our thoughts, feelings, and emotions across the world in an instant from a hand held electronic device.  After all, according to evolutionary theory, it took a few million years just for us to stand upright.

It can get a bit ridiculous, really.  I mean, thanks to social media (a term that didn’t even exist 20 years ago), we can, in 144 characters or less, ponder life’s greatest mysteries, wish “Happy Birthday” to someone to whom we would ordinarily never remember to send a card, share celebrations, tragedies, and life’s funniest moments.  But, unless you are offering to do my laundry or inviting me over for dinner, I don’t really need to know that you checked in at the local “Clean ‘N Suds” or making tacos for
dinner.

And yet, we are hooked. They don’t call it a “Crackberry” for nothing.  My husband just reminded me, I am the pot calling the kettle black.  I have a minor panic attack whenever my iPod is out of arms reach.  But, mostly, this is because if I can’t find
it, it means it is probably in the hands of a precocious 3 year old who is taking pictures of the carpet or dunking it in the toilet.  It’s happened.  Trust me.

Love it or hate it, social media, is here to stay.  So, embrace it.  As military families, where would we be without email, Skype, and instant messaging during times of long separations?  We can also use it to our advantage to build networks, search for jobs, and highlight our skills and abilities.  If you can’t beat it, join it.  Knowing your way around the internet and the social media world will be an asset that many future employers are looking for.  More and more, we can “find it on Facebook” or “follow it on Twitter” as companies are expanding their presence on social media sites to enhance and grow their business.  They need people who know how to tweet, blog, post, poke, like, and youtube it.  Why not 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 JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

  1. Software Engineer Generalist, Facebook, Seattle, WA52453BR
  2. DataCenterConstruction Manger, Facebook, Prineville, OR 52452BR
  3. Recruiting Coordinator-Contract, Facebook, Seattle, WA52451BR
  4. Strategist Market Solutions, Facebook, Los Angeles, CA 52450BR
  5. Manager Measurement Solutions, Facebook, Chicago, IL52449BR
  6. University Risk Operations Analyst, Facebook, Austin, TX 52448BR
  7. Sales Manager, Facebook, Atlanta, GA52447BR
  8. Account Manager, Facebook, Direct Sales, New York, NY 52446BR
  9. Mobile Apps Analyst, Facebook, Palo Alto, CA 52445BR
  10. Account Executive, LivingSocial, Raleigh, NC52241BR
  11. Social Media Specialist, Bader Rutter, Brookfield, WI 52240BR
  12. Sr Social Media Analyst, Bosch Automotive, Broadview, IL 52239BR
  13. Associate Media Director, Razorfish, Chicago, IL52195BR
  14. Director of Corporate Communications, EventBrite, San Francisco, CA 52191BR
  15. Event Evangelist, EventBrite, Atlanta, GA52188BR
  16. Computer Geek or Guru Gold Pure Food Products Inc., Co. (Hempstead, NY)
  17. Customer Engagement Manager, Atlanta Sears Holdings (Atlanta,GA)
  18. Web Editor Village Voice Media (Phoenix, AZ)
  19. Huffington Post News Editor, Trends AOL (New York City, NY)
  20. Local Editor, Cuyahoga Falls Patch AOL (Work From Home, OH)
  21. Social Media Representative (Call Center) Taylor Corporation (North Mankato, MN)
  22. Manager, Social Media Getty Images (USA)
  23. New Media Manager Americans for the Arts (Miami, FL)
  24. Social Customer Support Specialist eBay (San Jose, CA)
  25. Writer, Staff NMM (Multi-Media) Tribune (USA)
  26. Assistant Director for Communications and Student Engagement (Unclassified MSUAASF) MNSCU (Moorhead, MN)
  27. Blog Writer II Thomson Reuters (Eagan, MN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: 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)

Find Work Wednesday: You Can Do What, Where?

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Traditionally when we think of working in an industry, we think of only the primary jobs involved with the specific industry.  In the banking industry for example,  you think of bank tellers, loan officers, stock brokers, financial advisors; you get the picture, right?  But in each industry you need a host of additional support to help that organization run, in banking you need IT to
keep the online banking system running smoothly.  So this week’s focus will be jobs not traditionally associated with that industry.

The purpose of this week’s find work Wednesday is to challenge job seekers to think outside of the box.  Sometimes when we want a specific position we only look in that industry and when it isn’t available we give up.  What if that position was available  somewhere else?  What if it just took a little extra research?  Would you feel like you gave up on your dream job to soon?

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 four 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 (NLX)”.

Search for Openings with MSCCN:

  1. Integration Systems Architect, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Virginia (49706BR)
  2. Information      Security Analyst, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Virginia (49707BR)
  3. Research  Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, California  (49708BR)
  4. Intermediate Data Warehouse Developer, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Virginia (49709BR)

Search for Openings with NLX:

  1. Associate I – Environmental Services, Suburban  Hospital (Bethesda, MD)
  2. Patient Access Applications Trainer, Greater Baltimore Medical Center (Towson, MD)
  3. Teacher’s Assistant, Samaritan Hospital (Baltimore, MD)
  4. Teacher – Day Care, Samaritan Hospital (Baltimore, MD)
  5. Distribution Clerk, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (Bel Air, MD)
  6. Maintenance Mechanic, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (Bel Air, MD)