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Veterans Believe Their Military Experience Hurts Job Search

Companies look for ways to bridge the perception gap between employers, veterans
 
Nearly three-fourths of post-Sept. 11 veterans believe it would take them longer to find a job than an equally qualified nonvet, according to a new poll.
 
Even though the unemployment rate for veterans who have served since September 2001 was 4. ...




Researchers find vets leave civilian jobs quickly, but for good reasons

Nearly half of veterans leave their first civilian job within a year, but that may not be bad news, according to a new analysis by the Center for a New American Security.Researchers from the think tank’s Military, Veterans, and Society program found that turnover rate is comparable to civilians getting their first full-time job, and is usually the veterans’ choice. ...




Changing Health Care — and Payments

We all know that our health care system needs revolutionary change. Fixing the way we pay for health services is key to that change.
For any HR pro, feedback is golden. When it is connected to a program that saves significant health care costs, improves the quality of care, and gets an employee back to work sooner, it might even sound too good to be true. ...




7 Bits of Wise Career Advice That Doesn't Apply to Entrepreneurs

Even in this changing workforce, being an entrepreneur -- for better or for worse --  just isn’t like other jobs. When you are your own boss, and your work is your dream idea, expecting a work-life balance or a stable paycheck is a far-off fantasy. ...




Office Gig Not Your Thing? 4 Successful Hands-On Careers

Not everyone is cut out to spend several hours a day working in an office. Although corporate America is known as a place where big decisions are made and big money can be earned, the reality of careers that lock you into an office is that they can be stressful and filled with regret. ...




How to Write a Business Reference Letter

A business reference is a recommendation provided by a client, vendor or other business associate or contact. You may be called upon to provide a business reference letter to verify the quality of a contract company’s work to a new client. The reference might recommend the business to other clients, or, in general, to provide an endorsement of a contact for business purposes. ...




5 Essential Qualities of a Successful Leader

No matter your business role or industry, there are essential leadership qualities that you will need to master if you want long-term success. These qualities transcend the specifics of individual workplace politics or strategies.
 
A successful leader is able to provide solutions to unique problems in a consistent manner that comes from years of practice. ...




How to Land Your Dream Job — even if you’re unqualified

When we graduate college, most of us have no idea what we want to do.
 
We take whatever jobs comes our way without thinking about it too much.
 
But then, some time passes. After a few years of living life on “autopilot” — going to work, coming back home, going out to bars, having the more-than-occasional 3am quesadilla, and doing it all over again the next day — we start to want something more. ...




15 Cool Job Perks That Keep Employees Happy

Today's employers place a high premium on keeping workers happy. After all, research shows that happy workers are the most productive.
 
A strong mission, like-minded co-workers and a great company culture can be rewarding, but there are other, unique perks that can both attract prospective employees and keep your existing ones motivated and engaged. ...




4 Life and Business Lessons from Burning Man

What a temporary city in the desert can teach you about daily life.
 
 
After ten years of people nagging me, I finally did it: I went to Burning Man. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s quite the phenomenon. Every year, 70,000 people descend on one of the most remote, inhospitable desert playas in the world, and build a city. ...