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Airborne Ranger’s 5 Tips for US Vets Looking Break into PERSEC/OPSEC

We no longer live in a globe where you can rely on first responders to save you; as evidenced by the atrocious rise in mass shootings (there have been nearly as many mass shootings as days in 2017). State governments, private corporations, and others are scrambling to find ways to be better prepared.
Airborne Ranger, entrepreneur and security expert Spencer Coursen says US Veterans are uniquely qualified and highly sought after by security firms for a wide variety of positions.
“Less than 10% of the population has served. This positions military US Veterans to lead the way as security subject matter experts,” says Coursen. But, he adds, military US Vets must constantly seek to improve and advance their knowledge and experience through education and networking to stand out from the applicant crowd.

Coursen knows security. While serving in the Army, he helped plan and lead more than 80 combat missions throughout the Middle East–often working closely with other Washington agencies. After his distinguished career in the Army, he has since, planned, executed and led close-protection details for dignitaries, heads of state, boards of directors, CEOs, celebrities, media, and public figures on more than 300 international trips to 163 different countries.
Here are Coursen’s tips for breaking into the PERSEC/OPSEC Industry:
1. Decide which parts of the industry you find most intriguing and then compare that desire to your learnable set of skills. Are you interested in physical security, personal security, cyber security, protective intelligence, threat management, etc?
2. Read as much as you can about the security subjects that interest you before you begin your transition to the private or public security sector.
3. Ask informed questions. Don’t just reach out to someone and say, “Can you help me get a job?” Once you identify security experts, do your homework on them. Read articles they have written or at the…

Six Tips to Tackle the Online Job Application

Retired Army Colonel John Buckley’s hard earned advice for military transition.Military.com | by Col. John Buckley, Koch Inc.
Conquer the Transition: Part 4
Read Part 1: Eight Hard-earned Tips on Military Transition
Read Part 2: Five Steps to Find Your New Career
Read Part 3: How to Write an Effective Resume
Before you have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a recruiter, you must first take on the online application. I had submitted more than 100 of these before forcing myself to eat a big slice of humble pie and admit that I was obviously doing something wrong. I finally determined that in order to defeat this step, it was time to set forth a new strategy.
I defaulted to my military problem-solving experience, deciding the best course of action was to study my “enemy” and learn how they applied their “weapons of war.” I identified and interviewed 10 friendly recruiters who unwittingly gave away their secrets, revealing that I’d been sabotaging my own chances of surviving the selection process. As you prepare to submit your own applications, I’d like to share some of those secrets and hopefully help you avoid the same mistakes I made.
Six Tips to Tackle the Online Job Application
1. Start applying for open positions three to five months prior to your availability date.
The job search and hiring process is likely to take longer than you expect it to. Start early.
2. Before you apply for a role, verify that you are qualified for it.
Some military and civilian job titles are similar, but the requirements could be vastly different. Be sure to double check the list of requirements in the job description to be certain you meet the qualifications.
3. Beware of the pre-screening questions.
Do you meet the basic requirements? Do you meet the preferred requirements?Answered incorrectly, these questions are like landmines, halting your application…

Ten Key Words Every Resume Should Include

Your resume will play a critical role in your military to civilian career transition. It describes your past experiences, training, certifications and accomplishments in ways that future employers will value. Hopefully, you have tailored your resume to the industry, company and type of job you are pursuing – resumes should not be “one size fits all.”In addition to proper formatting, spellchecking and customization of your resume to the job you’re applying for, be sure to:
Describe the difference between hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills identify your qualifications for a specific job and include specific training and certifications (i.e. training on certain software platforms and products.)Soft skills are personality traits, or things you are good at simply because of who you are. Remember to always portray yourself in a professional light, and avoid listing traits that have nothing to do with the job. Soft skills to list on a resume are those that will add value to a team, such as “personable” or “effective communicator.” While soft skills are harder to quantify, you should describe those skills using action verbs. For instance, instead of listing, “Problem-solving skills,” write it as “Solves challenges and problems with a can-do attitude.”
Speak the truth. Don’t embellish or exaggerate for the sake of sounding impressive. Resumes should be defensible and accurate. Double check all assertions and claims you make, to be sure you can back them up if challenged, or if your References are asked about them.
Ten Key WordsWhen writing your resume, one of the hardest parts is that the experiences happened to you, so you are very close to the content. This makes it hard to edit and refine your narrative. In this case, be sure to ask a colleague, friend, or resume writer to give it a read before you send it out.On a resume, some…

Free Career Training BEFORE You Leave The Service

Leaving the military can be a major life change for many military members and their families. Traditionally, transition is simply a class they have to take and paperwork they have to sign before they officially return to the civilian globe. Unfortunately, that move from the military to the civilian world can often be a more significant jump than often anticipated. And one that is not necessarily managed well.
Many transitioning service members are not prepared with a well-thought out career or financial plan. One million service members will transition out of the military every five years—roughly 180,000 each year—and programs that support, guide and inform are crucial to their successful transition to civilian life.
Onward to Opportunity in Partnership with US Veterans Career Transition Program (O2O-VCTP) is a free, Dept. of Defense supported training program—offered either online or in person–that provides industry-specific instruction and certification in business, technology and customer service industries up to six months before separating from the service. The program has skilled over 10,000 members to date and has an aggressive goal to place 30,000 Vet into employment or better employment by 2022.
The program, managed by the Institute for US Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University focuses on training and certifying the service member or their spouse for a civilian career before they leave the military and connecting them with over 500 well-known employer partners to secure a job offer prior to their separation date.
The ability to keep connected with the transitioning service member and keep them engaged in career exploration post-service is crucial to their success. Once a member leaves the service there are very few ways to keep track of their job search success which is why the O2O-VCTP initiative is so successful. The personal connection to a Program Manager and a team of advising professionals is…

Starting a Small Business: How to Research Your Market

Airmen from Joint Base Andrews take part in a focus group. (Air Force photo)
10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business: Step 1
Making the jump from a military career to a veteran-owned small business might seem like a daunting challenge — but then again, you’ve faced daunting challenges during your time in service. To pull your business together, what you need is a well-executed battle plan.
If you have an idea for a business, the first step is researching your market, and determining if there’s an opportunity to turn your idea into a success. During this phase you’ll gather info about customers who would be interested in what you would offer, as well as businesses already operating in your area. Use that information to find a competitive advantage for your business.
Customer Research
For customer research, follow these points:
Demand: Is there a desire for your product or service?
Market size: How many people would be interested in your offering?
Economic indicators: What is your area’s income range and employment rate? Will enough people have the finances to afford your product?
Location: Where do your customers live and where can your business reach?
Market saturation: How many similar options are already eligible to consumers?
Pricing: What do potential customers pay for these alternatives?
To help answer these above questions, you can use the resources on this Small Business Administration page.
You can also do “direct” research, and connect with prospective customers to get their direct opinions. This can be done through:
Surveys and questionnaires (visit SurveyMonkey for tips on how to create them)
Focus groups (this Fortune article explains how you can create one)
In-depth interviews
Keep in mind that direct research can be time-consuming and expensive. Use it to answer questions about your specific business or customers, like reactions to your logo, improvements you could make to buying experience, and where customers might go…

Top 10 Best Paying Virtual Jobs

Life can be complicated and stressful, especially if you’re orienting yourself in the civilian worldwide after years in the military. If you’re transitioning soon or just need work now, think carefully about the type of job you need. Many people prefer virtual work because it tends to provide flexible hours, and it removes the cost and time that comes with commuting. Insider Monkey has taken data from Forbes and put together the top 10 best paying virtual jobs which we’ve commented on for you below. If you think working at home is the right choice for you, here are some of the most lucrative opportunities that fit your needs.
1. Teleradiologist – Teleradiologists have the best virtual job you’ve never heard of. The salary is high, but you have to earn it. Teleradiologists start as radiologists first, then obtain certain types of licenses to be qualified to read radiological scans remotely. This requires expertise in basic  X-Ray scans and more modern CT  scans. This job does require a bit of self-marketing, but the payoff is worth it.Average Salary: $100,000 – $400,000
2. Telepharmacist – Becoming a telepharmacist first requires success as a pharmacist. The virtual version of the job may sound great, but it does require all the standard education and certification. Although the job requires less in the way of human interaction, it allows professionals to access remote communities to provide the service and care of a professional pharmacist.Average Salary: $112,000
3. Telenurse – Telenursing inherently requires physical distance between nurse and patient, but the same expert interpersonal skills are required. This job allows for nurses to treat more patients per day than those who make physical rounds, but does limit the number of tasks that can be completed.Average Salary: $65,000 4. Technical Writer – Technical writing is just what it sounds…

FBI: Security Clearance Process

It is the policy of the FBI to share with law enforcement personnel pertinent information regarding terrorism. In the past, the primary mechanism for such information sharing was the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
In response to the terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001, the FBI established the State and Local Law Enforcement Executives and Elected Officials Security Clearance Initiative. This program was initiated to brief officials with an established “need-to-know” on classified information that would or could affect their area of jurisdiction.
Most information needed by state or local law enforcement can be shared at an unclassified level. In those instances where it is necessary to share classified information, it can usually be accomplished at the Secret level. This article describes when security clearances are necessary and the notable differences between clearance levels. It also describes the process involved in applying and being considered for a clearance.
State and local officials who require access to classified material must apply for a security clearance through their local FBI Field Office. The candidate should obtain from their local FBI Field Office a Standard Form 86 (SF 86), Questionnaire for National Security Positions; and two FD-258 (FBI applicant fingerprint cards). One of two levels of security clearance, Secret or Top Secret, may be appropriate. The background inquiry and records checks for Secret and Top Secret security clearance are mandated by Presidential Executive Order (EO). The EO requires these procedures in order for a security clearance to be granted; the FBI does not have the ability to waive them.
Secret Clearances
A Secret security clearance may be granted to those persons that have a “need-to-know” national security information, classified at the Confidential or Secret level. It is generally the most appropriate security clearance for state and local law enforcement officials that do not routinely work on…

Ready to Start a Small Business?

Retired Tech. Sgt. Alfredo Sibucao Jr. flips the open sign to his retail store in Las Vegas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika)
Vets and most successful entrepreneurs have a lot in common. Both groups have discipline, organization, responsibility, leadership skills and determination. In fact, some of the most successful entrepreneurs are Veterans such as Dave Thomas, founder and CEO of Wendy’s, and Malcolm Forbes, publisher of Forbes magazine. If you’re an ambitious Veterans with a great business idea, it may be time for you to start your own small business.
Are you ready?
Before you commit to entrepreneurship, there are a few questions the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recommends you ask yourself:
Am I a self-starter? It will be the entrepreneur — and only the entrepreneur — to develop a product, follow through with details, and prioritize time.
How well do I get along with different personalities? Everyone is different. A business owner has to deal with a cranky receptionist, a demanding client, pushy lawyers, rude bankers, etc. Having a successful business hinges on the ability to handle problematic employees and clients.
Do you have the physical and emotional stamina to run a business? US Veterans have completed the most grueling obstacle courses in boot camp and might have gone through worse while deployed. But, business ownership is very demanding. It’s possible to work six, seven or 12 hour work days every week.
How well do you plan and organize? Poor planning is responsible for most business failures, according to the SBA. Good organization of finances, inventory and schedules may help a first-time business owner avoid many pitfalls.
Is your drive strong enough? Running a business may feel like an emotional burden. Some entrepreneurs burn out early. Strong motivation will prevent burnout and slowdowns.
How will this affect my family? The first few years…

Win at Your Career with Five Poker Strategies

How is poker like your job? For the answer, check out five tips from Isabelle “No Mercy” Mercier, the highest-placed woman in the 2005 World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship, for using the game’s techniques to win at work:
Go All In
Betting everything is called going all in. “Going all in is a big risk,” notes Mercier, who practiced law before joining the WPT. “When I do it, it’s either because I have a really big hand and I’m trying to get paid off for it, or it’s because the all-in move has been dictated by heart.” The key is evaluating the potential rewards versus the risk, Mercier says. “In real life, if the direct consequence of taking a risk is your own happiness or fulfillment, then my advice is to go for it, and you won’t be disappointed. Even though it can be stressful, you’re better off jumping without a safety net and trying instead of just wondering how it would have been if only you had tried.” Russ Carr of St. Louis took a calculated risk — and lost. He quit a job he liked, sold his house and entreated his wife to move to Florida, all to take a new position. After about three weeks, he knew he’d made the wrong choice. “But then with nothing left to lose, I was a far more ambitious player, and I got a better job and new career as a result,” he says.
The couple returned to St. Louis, and Carr got a job with The Sporting USA Veterans — and a sizable raise. “It was 50 percent more than I was getting in Florida,” he says. “About a year or so later, I got promoted, and my salary took another huge bound forward.” Carr is currently the publication’s prepress manager.
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Working With a Jerk? Here's 10 Ways to Deal

Dealing with your former drill sergeant was painful. But try working with a nightmare coworker — i.e. passive-aggressive behavior, inappropriate, unmotivated, or rude. In the service you dealt with conflict head-on, but if someone is bother you the direct approach may not work in the civilian workforce. If you have a new job, and you work with someone who’s a little difficult — or just plain drives you crazy — here’s 10 ways to handle it in a professional manner, according to a report from Allbusiness.com.
Identify the problem. It’s not hard to spot the “toxic” coworker. This person can be a back-stabber, a gossip, a meddler, an instigator or just a nasty competitor, reports Allbusiness.com.
Beware if the toxic person is the boss. If your boss is meddlesome, or worse, a competitive instigator, then you have to evaluate if you confronting your boss is worth losing your job. If you do confront your boss, avoid putting him or her on the defensive.
Assess your situation. Initially, you might be shocked that you’re treated unprofessionally. Take a deep breath, and try to understand exactly what is happening to you. Realize that you are not alone.
Take concrete action. Once you’re fully aware of your toxic co-workers behavior, you can decide to live with the situation or do something about it. In fact, it’s best to nip the situation in the bud. Talk to your co-worker privately, and address the problem in a non-confrontational way. If the problem gets worse, warn your coworker that you will escalate the problem to a higher authority.
Don’t let the problem fester. Take action swiftly. You may eventually become so angry that your efforts to address the situation could become irrational. It’s far better to tackle the problem while you can¿and try to maintain some objectivity and emotional control.
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