The official blog of GuideOn, the Veteran Career Platform

3 Innovative Ways To Source Top Talent

Your organization is seeking candidates that will positively impact operations, culture, and bottom line. The problem is, pressing demand for skilled talent has made hiring more difficult than ever. As the overall talent pool shrinks, especially for highly specialized skill sets, recruiters have to adapt to these challenges by sourcing outside the box.

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Veteran Transition Story

Hear from Cali Arboleda, a member of the GuideOn team, on how he was able to make a successful veteran transition from the military to the civilian workforce.All my life, I had to fight for the things I wanted. I always had some interest in joining the military since I was a child. As I grew up, I decided to go to college. I joined ROTC while I was attending the University of South Carolina to...

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The Best Civilian Roles for Veteran Candidates

As an HR professional, it’s your job to place qualified candidates in the right roles. You need to recruit talent that will positively impact your organization — and once you’ve determined the skills and values required for working at your company, you’ll know exactly which type of talent you need.

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5 Reasons Why Veterans Make Great Project Managers

I know you’ve heard it before — that the Military makes you SO VALUABLE in the private sector. The truth is, what the recruiter said isn’t false. Sure, the really cool (or really mundane) parts of what you learned in the military may not fully transition well into the civilian world (read: military drill, BRM, digging trenches, or watching the perimeter), but everything you EXPERIENCED in the...

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Thank a Veteran By Placing Them in an Impactful Job

Hiring managers across the United States understand the value that veterans bring to the workplace – from their leadership and problem solving skills to their mission focus and team mentality. However, the reality is that most HR professionals don’t completely understand how military experience tangibly translates into civilian job requirements. According to a report by the University of...

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The First Civilian Job: Advice from a Veteran After Securing their New Job

You have traded in your camo for your new work clothes. Your day doesn’t start with PT. Meetings start 3-5 minutes after their start time. You are now in the civilian workforce.

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Tips To Spend Less Time Translating Veteran Resumes

More than ever, hiring departments across corporate America are creating company goals and missions with veterans in mind as critical components for success. Not only do these individuals bring in standout hard and soft skills but thanks to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (the PATH Act) signed by President Obama in 2015, companies are now incentivized to hire veterans to get tax...

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From a Vet To a Vet: Your Best Civilian Job Options

Transitioning from the military to the civilian world is full of difficult challenges, but probably the most difficult aspect is the job hunt. How do you explain what you did to civilians when they’ll have no clue what any of what you did means or its value in the military?

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Why Tech Leaders Are Set To Hire 110,000 Veterans In 2016

The United States workforce is undergoing a drastic shift, as more companies are discovering the real value of hiring veterans. Since less than 1 percent of the U.S. population has served in the military, few companies have historically sought veteran hires. But the reality is, nearly 50,000 veterans are expected to transition out of the military in the next five years, and they need a new...

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Spend Less Time on Veteran Resumes and More on Getting Life Situated

Veteran resume writing can be tedious. It can also be expensive if you outsource, upwards to $2,500 for custom written veteran resumes. If you google "tips on preparing a veteran resume" you’ll find thousands of conflicting pieces of advice. If you ask a buddy for help, they’ll more than likely have gone through the same revolving door of resources with little substanial, meaningful outcome....

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Myth vs. Fact: Debunking Veteran Hard and Soft Skills

Today, many corporate leaders are in search of veterans that will bring real value to the workplace. According to a survey report from CareerBuilder, one-third of surveyed employers reported they are actively recruiting veterans over the next year, up from 27 percent in last year’s survey. Estimates are that by the year 2023 there will be 3.5 million military veterans in the U.S. workforce.

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Proof That Your Service is Valued In the Workforce

We spend a lot of time talking about connecting and explaining military experience and credentials in ways the civilian world understands. It’s our passion and vision at GuideOn. It’s who we are and what we do best. But, it’s important not to miss the amazing rise of veteran awareness, outreach, and connectivity outside of the military community. People are listening. Companies are creating...

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3 Ways To Hire Qualified Vets Faster and Easier

While quickly and cost-efficiently finding qualified veterans to fill your open positions is your goal, it takes particular tools to accomplish. You ideally want to source from the most qualified candidates on an easy-to-use platform that will help you speed up your time to hire and increase ROI with the right hire.

Here, we’ll break down three surefire ways to broaden your knowledge on the...

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The Value of Your Military Experience In the Workforce

Military experience is complex. Trying to explain it to someone who has never been a part of the community or even known a soldier, personally or professionally, is even more complex. When you sit down to look at career exploration, start with resume translation and interview preparation. Breaking down the process into two phases can be helpful. The resume will be the written, first impression...

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Supporting Your Spouse During a Military Transition

Whether you are crossing off the days on the calendar or wringing your hands in anticipation of the new adventures ahead, the active duty to civilian career transition process can be long and stressful. As most spouses know, there is really very little official work that can be done on behalf of the soldier in helping them navigate, prepare, finalize paperwork, attend workshops, and take phone...

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Implementing a Successful Veteran Hiring Initiative That Attracts Top Talent

As companies continually seek talent that contributes loyalty, passion, resilience, and commitment to the workforce, they look to veterans. The values of the military align with many corporate goals, such as being customer-centric, providing a consultative approach, and focusing on collaboration and teamwork. It’s no wonder the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that by the year 2023,...

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Tips To Overcome Culture Shock After the Army

cul·ture shock (noun): the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes.

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Why Hiring Veterans Can Reduce Talent Acquisition and Training Costs

Hiring the best candidate for the job typically takes a lot of time and money. While you feel pressure from leadership to fill your open positions as quickly as possible, recruiting the most qualified candidates will save you more time, money, and frustration in the long run.

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Set Yourself Up For Success Before Transitioning Out of the Military

 

Army soldiers are no stranger to preparedness and situational awareness. By the time most military personnel are transitioning out of the military, these skills have become second nature not only in relation to their military role, but in everyday life as well. Yet somewhere along the line, we see many veterans leaving out these very formative skills that are not only essential, but critical...

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GuideOn + Stanford = Veteran Opportunities

GuideOn officially placed our first Veteran to the Stanford Ignite program, a program within the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Amanda Taplin, Air Force Combat Veteran from San Antonio, TX, will be attending the Ignite program this coming
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Meet the Team: Wayne Ludwig

Hi, I'm Wayne Ludwig, a Behavioral Scientist Researcher at GuideOn. I am working very hard with all the members of our research team at GuideOn to ensure that your hard earned military service is translated into a quality resume. Our goal will always be that every veteran is able to use our resume to showcase their vital skills that civilian companies are looking for, and be compensated at...

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Gaps in Employment

Explaining the gaps in your employment history can be both nerve wracking and confusing for most people. As many Veterans decide to leave the Military and use additional vacation time to transition into their next career path, this additional gap combined with military service can prove confusing to potential employers too. In our September 2015 blog, ETS Equals Active Job Seeker, we discussed...

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Ted Talks for Veterans in Transition: How to Talk so people will listen

Ever wonder if people are really listening to you? As we've seen in previous TedTalk highlights, there are great behavioral methods to adopt to be not only a more effective communicator, but also someone who others' actually listen, absorb, and react to. As your transition from military to civilian life involves many conversations where you need answers, assistance, opportunities, and results,

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Meet the Team: Kristin Aguilar

I'm Kristin Aguilar and I'm part of the research and behavioral science team (aka the resume makers) at GuideOn.

As an Army Brat, I've grown up with the military as part of my life. It's how I describe who I am because it has shaped my values and allowed me the opportunity to be around various people from different backgrounds. I believe it's part of what has propelled me into the fields of...

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The 3 Foundational Elements That Drive GuideOn

Core Values, Core Purpose, and Powerful Transforming Vision: Overview

When the GuideOn Leadership Team started the company in September 2014, we wanted to build a high-performance, transformational culture that was driven by intangible motivators that not only recognized each teammember'sbasic needs, but more importantly theirpersonal

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Soldier to Civilian: Networking as a Veteran

When I left the military in 2007, my next move was business school. As a fresh veteran, I knew little about the private sector, let alone business. What I learned one short week after arriving was that networking is everything.

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A Veteran's Call to Action

When I left the Army in 2007, I had been away from combat for one year and was in the process of transitioning to life as a student. As ridiculous as this sounds, I was more afraid of going to class than receiving a 0300 Dustoff mission. I was afraid because I didn’t know how to act as a civilian, I was zoning out in class thinking about Iraq, I was surrounded by people who had never...

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Veterans in Recruiting Funnels

How do Veterans fit into a Civilian Recruiting Funnel?

Veterans are no strangers to strategy, models, organizational structures, and formal processes focused on goals or outcomes. Whether this brings any comfort or not, the civilian world does function very similarly in that capacity, especially in the job selection and recruiting arenas.

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Which Way to Go?

Where do I go? What do I do know? These are among the first thoughts when a military service member reaches the point of transition. While we are aware of the decisions having to be made, we may not be as aware of the deep mental processes at hand.

Intuition and Listening to Your Gut

There is an interesting study from 1997,published in Science called,

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When Intuition Comes into Play

As we transition out of the military, it’s important that we try to make an effort to know ourselves and know our strengths and weaknesses.  Our time in the service often gives us the ability to perform a candid introspective analysis of what we’ve done well and what we need to improve on. However, as we transition into the private sector it’s important to understand where our skills are...

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Ted Talks for Veterans in Transition: Talk Nerdy To Me

There is an art in being able to explain yourself. Telling your story in a way that makes it compelling to an employer or interviewer is a skill to be mastered. Explaining your personal contribution and relevance to others doesn't necessarily involve comprising your background and content but it does involve some self-awareness and delivery. How can you effectively talk and communicate your...

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Don't Veterans Have Enough Help Already?

It's no secret that the awareness and support of the veteran community is on the rise. Campaigns, initiatives, and support for veterans' quality of life, transition assistance, career placement, and remembrance of those lost are growing more and more visible everywhere from private organizations to corporate sponsors to government funded programs. Helping veterans isn't even something so...

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Know Where You Fit In: High-Skill, Middle-Skill, and Low-Skill Workers

Do you know where you fit in, in the labor force?

The labor force is no longer divided into white collar and blue collar workers. It's actually broken up into three categories:

High-Skilled: college degree or higher

Middle-Skilled: associates degree or some college courses

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GuideOn's First Annual Dining In

When a company's founding team is comprised of veterans, spouses, milbrats, active duty, and those in the transition process themselves, it's only natural to celebrate in a style of military tradition with a startup edge! Earlier this month, the GuideOn team all convened in their tiny cinder block office in Oakland, CA. It was transformed after a 4-day work session into a mashup of formal...

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Quick Tips on Recruiters (The non-military kind).

Whether you started your military career in a recruiter's office or not, you get the idea. You know the process. You know that the recruiter's job is to onboard candidates that are a good fit for the military life. There are questions. There is an interview. There are physical standards to be met. They are your initial step in the military sector. While a recruiter in a corporate setting...

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When to Apply for Jobs: Best & Worst Times

As a member of the U.S. Military, there is a PCS pattern that occurs around the May to August timeframe. In some cases, you could be transitioning out of the Army during these peak times or in others, anytime throughout the year. Starting your career exploration before your last day in the Army is vital to landing a job at the right time. Depending

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Veterans in Transition: Marc's Pointers

“The only thing that is constant is change” - Heraclitus

Transitions require a great amount of planning, information seeking, and change. I strongly believe, as veterans of all eras, the more stories share the better off we all are. Last month, Wayne wrote an excellent post about his transition and I wish I had had it as a stepping stone for my own journey. So in the spirit of shared...

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Ted Talks for Veterans in Transition: Body Language

TED has spreading ‘ideas worth sharing’ all over the world since 1984. As something that began as a one-time conference quickly became an annual conference in 1990. TED (Technology, Education, Design) has grown into a flourishing non-for profit organization, finding the cutting edge experts on important issues and ideas.

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VSOs can help: Transition and Disability Claims

During your transition you have plenty of things to worry about – deciding on your next career, possibly moving to a new city, and searching for that canteen cup you haven’t seen since initial issue to turn back in. The last thing you should have to worry about is working with Veterans Affairs (VA) to file your disability claim. While you can work directly with the VA to submit your claim,...

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The Down and Dirty: Mixers, Socials, and Branding

Creating a whole new circle of accountability, support, and connections can be overwhelming. Entering into the vast network of professionals in the civilian workforce can be vital in finding a job, gaining insight into chosen industries, and landing that job. But where do you even start? There is a whole world of civilian workplace social interactions to dive into. Here is the down and dirty...

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