The official blog of GuideOn, the Veteran Career Platform

The Down and Dirty: After the Resume

You can’t launch a job search without a great resume, but now that you’ve got a great one, you have to strategize about the next steps in your search. If you’ve read anything I’ve written, you know that I always talk about how this process is oddly similar to dating: If you know what you’re looking for, you’re more likely to find it

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Interviews: Your Why, Your Story

Once you have a solid understanding of the breakdown and best practices in the interviewing process, you can begin to drill down to the more specific and detailed practices which can push you over the top. These vary from developing your story, to mastering your non-verbals, and ultimately to honing your impromptu responses to standard – and surprise – questions.  The Darden Alumni Career...

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Veterans in Transition: Wayne's Story

One year ago, I was entering the final year of my career in the military. I knew in my heart it was time to wrap things up and make my way onto a new adventure. I had enjoyed my last 21 years in the Army, but my body and mind, and my family, were ready for the transition. But was I READY??? I hope some of my realizations learned over this last year can help other service men and women...

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Interviews: Best Practices

In the first part of this series, Interviews: The Breakdown, we discussed the types of interviews and the basics of preparing for each type. Interviews are new to the transitioning veteran and are different based on the industry and type of business. Let's explore some best practices once you introduce yourself to the interviewer.

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3 Steps to Building a Network

During my transition from active duty, I attended many career events and transition seminars that stressed the importance of networking and making connections. I didn't heed this advice. At first, I felt my ability to network was proven during my time in the military as I built relationships easily with peers and members of various battalion and bridge staff sections. In the military realm,...

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Interviews: The Breakdown

The Interview Process

The job interview is a culmination of all of your efforts to sell yourself as a viable candidate for the target position you are seeking. For the hiring manager and recruiter, the interview is a chance to meet you face-to-face and to

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5 Different Ways for Veterans to "Tap in"

Testing "What you want" vs. "What you’re good at"

Your Military career has been full of

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How to Obtain your DD214 or ORB/ERB

Your DD214

Many veterans already have their DD214 in paper form or saved to

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Ruthless Resume Tips for Transitioning Veterans

Any quick Google search on ‘resume tips’ will bring up hundreds of sites, forums, and articles but they are often lacking in applicability, relevance, and street credit. Veterans who have embarked on the journey of civilian employment need applicability, relevance, and street credit at their fingertips. It’s a huge life pivot, often stressful, and real time solutions are key to success both in...

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7 Transition Tips for Military Veterans

If you are getting ready to separate from the military, it can be one of the most challenging times of your life. When I decided to separate in 2007, it was after eight years of active duty service in the Air Force (plus 4 years of AFROTC). As a finance officer, I always knew what my career options were in the military. When I left, for the first time in my adult life, I was granted the...

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ETS Equals Active Job Seekers

I decided to leave the Army in April of 2006. My 8 years of Active Duty Service would be complete May of 2007, which gave me roughly a year to prepare for my ETS.

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The GuideOn Skills Translation Method

Have you ever been to a Military resume builder or translation website and the system tells you that your Military position doesn’t transfer into a civilian job or it provides few skills for all the experience you have earned and the work you accomplished? We’ve seen it, we’ve experienced it, and we know you have too. That feeling you had of “what do you mean?” is understood and felt at...

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What is GuideOn?

A few weeks after making the decision to leave the Army, a private sector friend informed me that I needed to create a resume. My first response was, “What is a resume and how do I put this together?”. After fumbling through the process, I reached out to my dad, a retired LTC who left the Army in 1993. He was now a PhD and successful business consultant who had been working in the private...

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