JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS… The Weekly Roundup for 22 May 2015

ATTENTION VETERANS AND TRANSITIONING MILITARY PERSONNEL: 

This Weekly Round Up is jam packed with a TON of useful info. Grab a cup of joe, a pen and paper, maybe your cell phone and prepare to be amazed. We have job opportunities, education opportunities, entrepreneurial opportunities, employment info, events and so much more!


First and foremost lets not forget its FRIDAY! R.E.D. Friday that is!

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Its R.E.D. Friday again, so break out those red shirts!
R.E.D. Friday is here so remember everyone deployed!

Go learn more about R.E.D. Fridays:

http://redshirtfridays.org/  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Support_our_troops

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Our-Troops-Wear-Red-Fridays/188809874489323


www.forwardmarchinc.com

ATTENTION VETERANS AND TRANSITIONING MILITARY PERSONNEL:

If you want to start an exciting new career and you have what we are looking for, then send your resume today!


IMMEDIATE OPENINGS:

If you are looking for a career with a well established large company with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia, the career opportunities here are endless. And, as a leading provider of outsourced communications solutions, opportunities exist in most career fields.

These jobs will not last long, if you are interested in any of the following positions contact us right now!  Email Richard  – Send Email

Positions available in Wisconsin:

Sales Manager

Business Support Specialist

Sales Associate – Account Manager

Operations Research Analyst

Telecom Engineer

Senior WBS Sales Manager

Programmer Analyst

Business Support Specialist (Part-Time)

Custodian

Custodian

Customer Care Associate – Customer Service

Sales Associate – Healthcare

Sales Associate – Account Management & Sales

Training and Performance Specialist

Client Support Business Analyst

Sales Associate – Healthcare

Sales Associate – Account Management & Sales

Customer Care Associate (Customer Service)

Business Support Associate

Customer Care Associate – Customer Service

Sales Associate – Healthcare

Customer Care Associate – Customer Service

These jobs will not last long, if you are interested in any of the following positions contact us right now!  Email Richard  – Send Email

Positions available in Texas:

Training and Performance Specialist

Diabetes Education/Sales Associate

Hypercube Provision Specialist

Insulin Management Care Associate

Telecom Engineer

Validation Associate (Insurance Claims Validator)

Global Account Executive – Dallas/Houston (HUNTER)

Implementation Project Manager

Implementation Project Manager

Surgical – Health Care Inside Sales

Customer Care – Health Care

These jobs will not last long, if you are interested in any of the following positions contact us right now!  Email Richard  – Send Email


IT JOBS – IMMEDIATE OPENINGS:

Java Developer position, MS SQL, (ESB technology: one of the following-Web Service, Integration, JBOSS OR SOAP OR SPRING) Full Time, San Antonio

C#.net/ASP.net Developer with MVC experience, up to 85K, Full time, Fort Sam, NAC

Magento Enterprise, e-Commerce developer Position w/ PHP and MYSQL, Salary up to 90K, full time, REMOTE

You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email


SQL DBA (clustering, performance tuning, optimization). SQL Server 2012, Salary up to 90K, full time, San Antonio (medical area)

You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email


SQL DBA (SSRS, SSIS, SQL Server 2012, T-SQL), up to 75K, Full time, Fort Sam, NAC

Business Analyst/BI-Report Writing w/ SQL Queries, dashboard creation, workflow, 6 month contract to hire, Conversion salary up to 110K, San Antonio (medical area)

Business Analyst-ITIL Foundation or Intermediate Certification, Cloud & Hosting experience, Process Improvement, Analytics, Metric Creation and Tracking, 6 month contract to hire, Conversion salary around 80K’s, San Antonio (medical area)

RHEL LINUX Admin w/ vSphere, 6 month contract to hire, Conversion salary open, San Antonio (medical area)

You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email


Vmware Engineer w/ VDI & VCAC or VRAC-6 month contract to hire, Conversion salary open, San Antonio (medical area)

You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email


Vmware Engineer w/ DCV Certification-6 month contract to hire, Conversion salary open, San Antonio (medical area)

You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email


Software Release Build Manager Position-Full time, San Antonio

CCNP- LAN/WAN/VoIP routers, bridges, gateways & firewalls Call Manger, Unity and UCCX- Full time up to 80K, San Antonio

You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email


Job Description – Magento Developer

Required Skills:

  • 3+ Years of Magento Development (current experience)
  • 4+ years’ experience with PHP in a LAMP based environment
  • Good understanding of Object Oriented principles and web application fundamentals
  • Experience with frameworks such as Zend Framework, Prototype(JS), JQuery(JS).
  • Knowledge with working on Relational Databases (MySQL)
  • Experience with Version Control Systems (SVN, GIT).
  • Experience in UNIX systems on a user level. Familiarity with Atlassian suite of products (Jira, Confluence).
  • Familiarity with Agile/Scrum.
  • Proven ability to interact effectively with people in all levels of the organization (cross-functional, on/shore technical teams and executive management)
  • Experience with architecture design concepts and techniques and the ability to communicate and evangelize those concepts to a broad based team
  • Strong problem solving skills, ability to triage technical issues and drive resolution with cross functional teams
  • Strong decision-making skills, and an understanding of where projects fit into the overall architecture strategy
  • Ability to roll with changes in a dynamic work environment, shaping changes into opportunities. Proven performance record with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and facilitation skills are required
  • Experience with Agile development methodology and distributed code repositories with GIT

Benefits for You

  • Work in a high paced yet casual atmosphere
  • Join a team of highly talented and dedicated resources
  • Experience tremendous growth and help shape the organization
  • Work within a worldwide development team from North America, South America, Europe, Eastern Europe and India
  • Experience large projects with Fortune 500 customers

Compensation and Hours

  • Competitive base salary
  • Full benefits with retirement plan
  • You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email

 6 month contract to hire.

Senior VMware Systems Administrator in San Antonio, Texas.  The selected candidate must have demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and managing a large VMware enterprise environment. A current VMware DCV and/or Cloud certification is required.

Job Duties:

  • Monitor, provide maintenance and support for a large VMware environment
  • Utilize the full spectrum of VMware tools to aid in maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Evaluate, improve, and maintain the information security throughout the infrastructure
  • Documenting troubleshooting resolutions for future use

Job Requirements: 

  • Extensive VMware Virtualization Experience – designing, implementing,  and managing a VMware environment, including Datacenter cluster(s) managed by vCenter
  • Current VMware certification (minimally, Data Center Virtualization and/or Cloud)
  • Demonstrated effective project management experience (managing multiple projects along with day to day system administration)
  • Red Hat Linux System Administration skills
  • Windows Server (2008 R2, 2012) and Active Directory

Plus:

  • Database Administration Skills

You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email


Get Out and See the World! Be a Truck Driver!

1Zero Tuition Truck Driving School PLUS a Job Offer Upon Completion!
C.R. England is offering Zero* Tuition Truck Driving School PLUS a job offer upon completion1 to qualified veterans, National Guard, and Reserve Members meeting our hiring criteria! As a truck driver with C.R. England you can enjoy all the benefits of working with the largest refrigerated trucking company in the nation. We have limited space available so APPLY NOW

  • C.R. England Offers:
  • Great Training
  • Stable Employment
  • Top-of-the-Line Equipment
  • Strong Driver Support Program
  • Mileage, Safety and Fuel Savings Bonus Program
  • Independent Contractor Opportunities

    JOB OPENING:

    Veterans and Transitioning Military: Outstanding Opportunity

    If you like to work outside and like constantly changing scenery then you will really want to look into this opportunity. We are currently looking for MILITARY VETERANS and TRANSITIONING MILITARY personnel who are interested in a ten week course to become a Catastrophic Claims Adjustor. The training for this position can be paid for using your military benefits for education. Upon completion of the course students will receive three certifications that will enable you to work as a Catastrophic Claims Adjustor and a Home Inspector. This is an exciting opportunity with income potential ranging from $60 to $120k annually. For MILITARY VETERANS, TRANSITIONING MILITARY, and Spouses of Veterans and Transitioning military, send us your resume and contact information.

    You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email


    Drivers Wanted!!!!

    We have positions available for drivers/truck drivers.

    You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email

    Delivery Driver San Antonio, Austin, Victoria and Temple (Sign On Bonus Available)

    Shuttle DriverLaredo and Temple (Sign On Bonus Available)
     Recruit Military also has a nice list of veteran job fairs which you can find here… 

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    Do you want financial freedom?
    Are you into fitness and the exercise scene? 

    Some military personnel who have transitioned out of the military have taken a fast-track training program at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. In just a few months (that’s right MONTHS) they have gone from knowing little-to-nothing about dance to being actual dance instructors. In a VERY short amount of time they moved up to managing, owning a franchise and now to being among the top producing studios in the company. What we have found at Forward March Inc. is that military personnel are especially suited not only for the training and becoming instructors themselves, but becoming highly successful in the company.  Forward March Inc. has an outstanding relationship with our customer Fred Astarie Dance Studios. You owe it to yourself to check out our previous post to learn more about the outstanding opportunities for employment and even franchise ownership with them.

    JOB OPENINGS

    Instructor/Trainer

    NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY We are looking for high-energy individuals who enjoy personal training and working in the fitness industry for positions in our company. This career includes paid travel and a schedule where most of your mornings are free. All of our training and certificates will be paid by the company. You can continue your career into management and ownership with franchise opportunities. These instructor/trainer positions can earn up to $75,000 per year.

    Management

    Do you have strong leadership and management skills and training? You will need to be able to lead small teams of 5 to 7 instructors/trainers on a daily schedule. You will also need to be able to present packages to clients and enroll them into our programs. Career advancement is available. You can also further your career through franchise opportunities. Income potential can be up to $100,000.

    Franchise/Ownership

    Would you like to be your own boss? Are you looking for real opportunities that present long term careers and financial freedom? Come and join the ranks of those who work for themselves. Join this franchise system and start living your dream. This franchise started in 1947 and has been one of the top franchise systems in the country since. We will train you in how to run the day to day operations to how to become a multi unit owner and build your legacy.

    Currently we are looking for Instructors, Managers, Assistant Managers and more. Contact Emma at Forward March Inc. today to learn more!!!!  – Send Email

    Learn about the great work Forward March Inc. is doing with Fred Astaire Dance Studios through Dancing With Our Heroes. To date we have worked together to raise over $300,000.00 for The Fisher House Foundation and the USO.  

The Weekly Roundup – Jobs, Education and More! 4/24/15

ATTENTION VETERANS AND TRANSITIONING MILITARY PERSONNEL: 

This Weekly Round Up is jam packed with a TON of useful info. Grab a cup of joe, a pen and paper, maybe your cell phone and prepare to be amazed. We have job opportunities, education opportunities, entrepreneurial opportunities, employment info, events and so much more!


First and foremost lets not forget its FRIDAY! R.E.D. Friday that is!

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Its R.E.D. Friday again, so break out those red shirts!
R.E.D. Friday is here so remember everyone deployed!

Go learn more about R.E.D. Fridays:

http://redshirtfridays.org/  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Support_our_troops

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Our-Troops-Wear-Red-Fridays/188809874489323


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Join us at our next SACVF meeting to learn about different PTSD treatment methods from local experts.
 
 

SACVF Meeting-Save this Date:

Date:  Wed, May 6, 2015

Time:   1:30-3:30pm

Address:  Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), 8700 Tesoro Dr.  78217

Room:  Al J. Notzon III Board Room, 1st floor, Suite #100

NEXT:
Join SACVF in a collaborative 
free Veterans Benefits Fair. 
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Download AUSA flyer and Exhibitor forms here…

ANOTHER FUN UPCOMING VETERAN EVENT!

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Employment News:

Are you an IT professional in the military?
Are you a veteran who is an IT professional?
You will probably want to check out the latest post at MySA: Tech Industry to Train and Hire 90k Workers.

Looking for a good company that is looking for you? Well, if you are a veteran or a transitioning military job seeker then you should check out Verizon, USAA and Lockheed Martin. Read more here…

Here is some encouraging news on the growth going on with veteran employment. Read more here…


JOB OPENING:

Veterans and Transitioning Military: Outstanding Opportunity

If you like to work outside and like constantly changing scenery then you will really want to look into this opportunity. We are currently looking for MILITARY VETERANS and TRANSITIONING MILITARY personnel who are interested in a ten week course to become a Catastrophic Claims Adjustor. The training for this position can be paid for using your military benefits for education. Upon completion of the course students will receive three certifications that will enable you to work as a Catastrophic Claims Adjustor and a Home Inspector. This is an exciting opportunity with income potential ranging from $60 to $120k annually. For MILITARY VETERANS, TRANSITIONING MILITARY, and Spouses of Veterans and Transitioning military, send us your resume and contact information.

You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email


JOB OPENING:

Veterans and Transitioning Military and spouses of Veterans and Transitioning Military: Truck Driver Opportunity

We are currently looking for veterans, transitioning military personnel and spouses of veterans and transitioners who are interested in commercial Truck Driving.

You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email


Drivers Wanted!!!!

We have positions available for drivers/truck drivers.

You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email

Delivery Driver San Antonio, Austin, Victoria and Temple (Sign On Bonus Available)

Shuttle DriverLaredo and Temple (Sign On Bonus Available)
 Recruit Military also has a nice list of veteran job fairs which you can find here… 

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Do you want financial freedom?
Are you into fitness and the exercise scene? 

Some military personnel who have transitioned out of the military have taken a fast-track training program at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. In just a few months (that’s right MONTHS) they have gone from knowing little-to-nothing about dance to being actual dance instructors. In a VERY short amount of time they moved up to managing, owning a franchise and now to being among the top producing studios in the company. What we have found at Forward March Inc. is that military personnel are especially suited not only for the training and becoming instructors themselves, but becoming highly successful in the company.  Forward March Inc. has an outstanding relationship with our customer Fred Astarie Dance Studios. You owe it to yourself to check out our previous post to learn more about the outstanding opportunities for employment and even franchise ownership with them.

JOB OPENINGS

Instructor/Trainer

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY We are looking for high-energy individuals who enjoy personal training and working in the fitness industry for positions in our company. This career includes paid travel and a schedule where most of your mornings are free. All of our training and certificates will be paid by the company. You can continue your career into management and ownership with franchise opportunities. These instructor/trainer positions can earn up to $75,000 per year.

Management

Do you have strong leadership and management skills and training? You will need to be able to lead small teams of 5 to 7 instructors/trainers on a daily schedule. You will also need to be able to present packages to clients and enroll them into our programs. Career advancement is available. You can also further your career through franchise opportunities. Income potential can be up to $100,000.

Franchise/Ownership

Would you like to be your own boss? Are you looking for real opportunities that present long term careers and financial freedom? Come and join the ranks of those who work for themselves. Join this franchise system and start living your dream. This franchise started in 1947 and has been one of the top franchise systems in the country since. We will train you in how to run the day to day operations to how to become a multi unit owner and build your legacy.

Currently we are looking for Instructors, Managers, Assistant Managers and more. Contact Emma at Forward March Inc. today to learn more!!!!  – Send Email

Learn about the great work Forward March Inc. is doing with Fred Astaire Dance Studios through Dancing With Our Heroes. To date we have worked together to raise over $300,000.00 for The Fisher House Foundation and the USO.  


Job Fairs:

Looking for a great way to network and meet potential employers? Check out some of the job fairs coming to a city near you where dozens of potential employers are searching to recruit great military and veteran talent.

Vets Hiring Event – Thursday, April 23, 11am-2pm (Austin)


Writing a civilian resume:

Translate your military skills, experience and training to find career opportunities in the civilian job market that best align with your capabilities. Click here to learn more…


Job Search Tools:

Find the best jobs that can help you utilize your military skills and training and lead you to a meaningful career path! Military Skills Translators can help. Click here to learn more…

http://www.careerinfonet.org/moc/ part of the Texas Workforce Comission’s Veterans’ Services Program http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/just-veterans


Here is a List of More Than 40 Employers Looking For Veterans!!! 

Amazon: Retailers of books, media, electronics and everything in between. Current Amazon job postings

The Exchange: The Army & Air Force Exchange Service. If you have been on a base/post/etc then no explanation needed. 

BNSF Railway: operates one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, with 32500 miles of rail across the western two-thirds of the United States.

CACI International Inc: Provides professional services and IT solutions needed to prevail in the areas of defense, intelligence, homeland security, and IT modernization and government transformation. 

Capstone Corporation: Customizes the delivery of services and solutions for military and civil operations, enterprise technical requirements and organization and mission support services. 

CenterPoint Energy: Operates in electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, interstate natural gas pipelines, field services, and competitive natural gas sales and services. 

Chesapeake Energy Corporation: Focuses on discovering, acquiring and developing conventional and unconventional natural gas and oil fields onshore in the U.S. 

Cintas: Designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity, uniform programs, and also provides promotional and first aid-safety materials to more than 800,000 businesses.

Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC): Independent, nonprofit, applied scientific research and development professional services organization provides innovative management and technology-based solutions. 

CSX Transportation: Operates transportation network of about 21,000 route miles of track in 23 states, the District of Columbia and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. http://www.csx.com — Also use 888 884 9417, a dedicated number for military.

DaVita, Inc.: Delivers dialysis services in more than 1,500 outpatient clinics. 

Dollar General: The nation’s largest small-box discount retailer, with 9,200 stores in 35 states and nine distribution centers, representing 87,904 employees. 

Fluor Corporation: Fortune 500 company delivers engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance (EPCM), and project management to governments and clients in diverse industries around the world. (www.Fluor.com/careers,http://www.Fluor.com/military and http://www.WorkatFluor.com)

Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Fred Astaire Dance Studios has a strong history of hiring military talent that becomes some of the company’s top producers. No experience is necessary. If you are interested in fitness, working with people, and improving their lives go and apply today here…

G4S Secure Solutions (USA): Leading international security solutions group has more than 50,000 employees across the United States and Canada. 

General Electric: Employs more than 10,000 U.S. veterans, and one in 14 GE employees is a veteran. (www.ge.com/military and www.twitter.com/@gehiresheroes)

Halfaker and Associates, LLC: Specializes in information technology, organization and strategy, intelligence and operations, and supply and logistics. 

Harley Davidson – Harley Davidson, manufacturing American motorcycles, sets the Gold Standard for military hiring. 

HEB – This Texas based supermarket chain is looking for military veteran talent for a variety of positions.  

Lockheed Martin – One of the nation’s largest defense contractors with an outstanding reputation for hiring military personnel. 

ManTech International Corporation: Provides technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs. 

Navy Federal Credit Union: Armed forces bank serves the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Veterans, and DOD. 

Northrop Grumman: Global security company provides innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. 

Paychex, Inc.: provides outsourcing services payroll processing, retirement services, insurance, and human resources. 

Progressive Insurance Company: Auto insurance provider. 

Puget Sound Energy: A regulated utility, providing electric and natural gas service to thePuget Sound region. 

SAYtr: For officers or senior NCOs who have a background/interest in civil engineering, facilities management, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Force Realignment and Beddown, and similar transitional leadership type work. 

Schlumberger: Oilfield services company supplying technology, information solutions and integrated project management that optimize reservoir performance for customers working in the oil and gas industry. 

Schneider National, Inc.: Specializes in truck driving jobs, and maintenance, warehouse, and office careers. 

Sears Holdings Corporation: The merger of Kmart and Sears has resulted in this company, which manages both stores. 

Southern Company: Electricity providers service both regulated and competitive markets across the southeastern United States.

Sprint: High-profile wireline and wireless service provider.

Tesoro – San Antonio based Tesoro Corporation, an energy company in the oil and gas market, is currently looking for military veterans for various openings. 

Transocean: Handles offshore drilling, from world water-depth and well-depth drilling records to facilitating revolutionary subsea completions. 

Union Pacific – North America’s premier rail franchise sets the Gold Standard for military hiring. Check out their military hiring here…

United Rentals, Inc.: Equipment rental company has an integrated network of more than 550 rental locations in 48 states and 10 Canadian provinces 

University of Phoenix: Provides local and long-distance education options. 

URS, Federal Services: Engineering, construction and technical services organization.

USAA: Provider of insurance, investments, and banking products to members of the U.S. military and their families. 

Verizon Communications Inc.: Wireless communications, IP networks, and information and entertainment provider. 

Waste Management, Inc.: Partners with customers and communities to manage and reduce waste from collection to disposal while recovering valuable resources and creating clean, renewable energy. 


http://m.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/job-hunting/top-35-veteran-employers.html


San Antonio businesses encouraged to hire more veterans with disabilities:

85% of the national unemployment rate is made up of veterans with severe disabilities. The Paralyzed Veterans of America Vocational Rehabilitation program based out of San Antonio is making a huge impact by providing the right tools and services to those who were injured while wearing the uniform and match them with career positions in various businesses and organizations.


Job Search Resources

Veterans who want to join the SBA and start down the track of entrepreneurship should check out the latest article on the San Antonio Business Journal site. The SBA is extending their fee waiver program for veterans through 2015!

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Veterans and transitioning military interested in starting their own business should also check out the San Antonio Small Business Development Center at UTSA. This program offers a number of benefits including special veterans assistance.

Resume and Interview Tips and Suggestions for Veterans and Transitioning Military (part 3 of 3)

Sometimes we run across articles that have really good advice for veterans and transitioning military personnel with regards to employment. This morning as I perused the “hot sheets” for articles on veteran employment and transition I came across this little gem over at the Seattle PI website. This article titled “2015: Underemployment the New Employment for Many Veterans – Part 1a” echoes a lot of what we have been writing here on the Forward March Inc. blog page. However there are some golden nuggets that can help you out so we strongly suggest taking a minute or two and checking it out.

Forward March Inc. has posted some new positions on our website and more are coming in January! Make sure to check them out here…


We thought, with all these new positions coming on line in the next 30 days, we would post a three part series we released earlier in the year to help veterans and transitioning military in the areas of resumes, interviewing, social media and a more.This information is actually really helpful to anyone from any background when they are going through the job searching process so feel free to share it with anyone you know may be benefitted by the info in these articles.

Part III – Resume and Interview Tips and Suggestions

Resume and Interview Tips and Suggestions

Below are suggestions to use in your resume writing and also for your interviews. 

Leadership and management skills – Leadership and management skills acquired during your military service are to be highlighted. Highlight when you had leadership and management experience, training, or when you had leadership and management on a project/mission/task. Leadership and management does not necessarily have to translate to the job you are interviewing for, when they do not highlight them as a capability to manage people/materials/resources. 

Practice good communication skills – Your physical and verbal communication should be open, friendly, and confident. Try to physically relax and make eye contact with the person you are interviewing with. Avoid crossing arms, putting hands on hips or in pockets, or slouching when talking or listening to a potential employer. Make sure in your speech you keep your communication professional, short, and positive. Never talk about situations, people, or events in a negative manner. Try to keep the conversation positive. Never complain about previous employers, coworkers, assignments, duties, or situations. Avoid unnecessary details when relating your job experience. Keep your political and sociological ideologies out of the interview process.


8401272827_6a3fe41250_b Highlight your military skill and projects while being brief and describing things as much as possible in terms any civilian can easily understand. Avoid acronyms that are military knowledge specific.

Quantify work experience and achievements – Specifically what did you do, what problems/challenges did you overcome, problem solving tools, etc. For instance highlight the state of a project before you brought the solution to bear and then highlight how you improved the state.

Highlight goals and achievements – Depending on the interview style and time given for the interview, it is incumbent upon you to highlight briefly and succinctly your achievements, goals achieved, recognition and awards for achievements, etc. Make sure you highlight the necessity of teamwork, as often as is applicable so that an employer sees that you know that mission success is more about the team than the individual. This lets employers know that you are going to be a team player and not a lone wolf. Keep your examples to about two. Again, pay attention to the interviewer and take their lead, if they seem to want more information or more examples/details/etc then supply those.

References – In an interview these may or may not be asked for. Frequently when time is short interviewers will not ask for references. Make sure that your relevant and impressive references are highlighted before the end of your interview. Be brief, but make sure that the interviewer is aware of your references.

Highlight volunteer/intern/freelance work – Any volunteer work or freelance work done in the field you are looking at applying for should be listed on your resume and highlighted in your interview.

Clearances – When applying for positions which you think you may need a security clearance for make sure you note on your resume if you have a CURRENT security clearance and what level it is.

Photo Credit - Bokeh Breath by Rick Camacho

Photo Credit – Bokeh Breath by Rick Camacho

Lastly but most importantly – Relax, be yourself. People generally appreciate a person that is true to who they are.

~ Article by Tobin Pilotte, Directer of Marketing and Technology for Forward March Inc. 

Resume Writing and Social Networking Tips for Veteran Job Seekers

Forward March Inc. has posted some new positions on our website and more are coming in January! Make sure to check them out here…

We thought, with all these new positions coming on line in the next 30 days, we would post a three part series we released earlier in the year to help veterans and transitioning military in the areas of resumes, interviewing, social media and a more.This information is actually really helpful to anyone from any background when they are going through the job searching process so feel free to share it with anyone you know may be benefitted by the info in these articles.

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Part two of three in our continuing series on veteran and transitioning military employment preparation.

Most people have social media pages. No matter how private you “think” your social media page is remember this… it’s not! Potential employers regularly review social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and others. This is common practice and is NOT a practice just reserved for potential employees who will need background checks.

If your social media page(s) contain images, videos, music, or speech that causes employers to think you are not a good candidate it can prevent you from getting an interview or landing the job. Many employees have found that their social media has been the reason for their termination.

Here are some rules that will keep you from having issues with your social media:

  • Remove any images, videos, or other content that contains vulgarity.
  • Remove images or other content that contains sexual content.
  • Remove content that contains alcohol or drug use.
  • Remove images containing violence, graphic images of war/violence/gore/etc

Its pretty easy, though possibly time consuming, to clean up a social media site with the above guidelines. However, its much harder to clean up your comments on posts you or others in your network or in the public have posted. It may be advisable to close your social media account(s) weeks or even a month before you begin sending out your resume and networking.

Some brutally honest advice you may not want to hear – Sometimes it’s better to close down your social media page than to try to clean it up. You will have to assess the difficulty and time invested in cleaning up a page vs. shutting it down and starting a new page at a later date. Should you decide to close down your social media page you have to remember that it takes time. Facebook, for instance, can take weeks to close your page down.

LinkedIn profiles are difficult to delete; that has to be done by LinkedIn at your request. It usually (at the time of this article) takes about two days to get your profile deleted. LinkedIn is a professional social media outlet for professional networking. Follow these guidelines for keeping your LinkedIn page in a favorable light.

Do not post entries or posts that contain vulgarity, sexually explicit remarks, or potentially political or religious inflammatory remarks. In a nut-shell follow the same rules posted above for Facebook. Additionally it is important to remember to keep your LikedIn content professional, and relevant to your professional career.

Your LinkedIn photo, which it is HIGHLY suggested that you have, should be professional. A clear, crisp headshot that has a relatively solid background is preferable. If your career direction is one where a suit and tie would be expected even part of the time then have your photo taken with a suit and tie. For both men and women, the photo should be business dress as opposed to business casual. If your career is one where dressing business casual is not required it is a good rule of thumb to go ahead and have your photo taken with business casual attire. Refrain from “goofy” faces, hand gestures, and most of all using objects, logos, pets, animals, movie images, etc. Only use your portrait, if you do not use a portrait then leave the image blank.

Ultimately it is important to be your self on social media, however, you should always temper that with professionalism as it is not just your “friends” who are looking at your social media posts. Remember this rule of thumb; “Nothing you post on the web is private”.

For further guidance on how to edit or delete social media entries or even delete accounts refer to the instructions on the social media sites themselves. Sites like Facebook and LinkedIn have excellent instructions on how to make these things happen and with a little time and attention you can “tune up” your social media and have it ready for your next step in getting your dream career.

~ Article by Tobin Pilotte, Directer of Marketing and Technology for Forward March Inc. 

Employment Preparation Part 1 of 3

Forward March Inc. has posted some new positions on our website and more are coming in January! Make sure to check them out here…

We thought, with all these new positions coming on line in the next 30 days, we would post a three part series we released earlier in the year to help veterans and transitioning military in the areas of resumes, interviewing, social media and a more.This information is actually really helpful to anyone from any background when they are going through the job searching process so feel free to share it with anyone you know may be benefitted by the info in these articles.

Military and Veteran Employment Preparation – Part 1 of 3

 resume tips

Landing a career as opposed to a job is what most every transitioning military person or military veteran desires. There are countless websites, books and other instructional resources that can help with figuring out what you want to do for a career, how to get an interview in your chosen profession, career networking, and how to land that dream job. Today’s post is not intended to be comprehensive but rather a guide for getting started once you have an idea of what you want to do for a career.

120314-A-DQ783-028“This seems like a lot of work” – Just remember, battles are frequently won or lost on the quality of intel. Your job search is no different. The more intel work you do, the more background knowledge you have of your desired position(s) and potential employer(s), the better you will do. Know your industry to the best of your ability through research. Practice being conversant about your field, your desired job, and about your desired employer in order to get the most out of your interview. 

Part I: Interview or Job Fair Preparation: 

Use a military skills translator and find the jobs that your skills translate to in the civilian world. Remember that these are a rough guide and not an exhaustive list. Many times your skills can translate to jobs or positions that are not seemingly aligned. This is where it is also important for you to do some research to see what it is you want to do job-wise. Research the jobs you want, the employers, and the job descriptions. Translate your experience to match where applicable.

VA Translator

Military.com Translator

Market yourself as broadly as possible – If you are an aircraft mechanic and only want to interview for aircraft mechanic jobs then market yourself very specifically in just that skillset. However, if you want to look at other possibilities in mechanics from auto mechanics to wind turbine mechanics to oilfield mechanics then be more broad with how you market your skills within mechanics. Highlight mechanics related skills that translate across several disciplines.

When you are preparing for a job fair and you know there will be a variety of employers, make sure to have several resumes in different formats that are industry specific. You can also have resumes on hand that are very specific to your ideal job on hand in case you are leaning to a particular specific position. HINT: keep each resume kind in a file folder that is clearly labeled so that you can quickly and easily access them when moving from employer to employer.

Resume Format – Know the correct format for your particular industry. There are on-line resources that give plenty of examples of resumes; focus more on the examples for your particular industry. For instance, an engineering firm wants a conservative resume, a graphic design firm wants something with creative flair. However, if you are applying for a government contracting position with a company such as Lockheed Martin or Boeing they will most likely have a format they want you to put your resume into. Check out this link for some industry specific examples:

Monster Resume Examples

Network, Network, Network – Use LinkedIn, make your profile as neat and professional as possible. Use the above pointers, such as being brief but concise.

Look for and maintain network connections with people in the fields you are looking at going into. Network with people doing the work you want to do. Do not pass up opportunities to meet with these connections in person. Take concrete steps to meet these connections, especially in person. When reaching out to a potential connection on the internet, especially on LinkedIn make sure to make your message personal, do not use the default message.

As a veteran you are given a year of LinkedIn pro. Make that happen. (Offer is good as of the writing of this article)

In your network connections make sure you have a few trusted professional connections that can review your resume, and your LinkedIn page to make sure that they are as professional as possible.

Those trusted mentors are good resources for practicing your interviewing skills with.

Network with professional organizations, groups, and clubs that have people in your industry as members.

Dress to Impress – When interviewing put your best foot forward with regards to your appearance. When interviewing for a job it is important to go with business dress, a suit or at minimum; slacks, button down shirt, and a tie. Vests can be worn as well but try to keep your overall appearance conservative. That bright red silk shirt might be great but keep it for another occasion. If you need to appear in uniform ensure that your uniform is impeccable. ACUs are never acceptable for an interview or when meeting employers at a job fair. The exception to this would be if there is a job/career fair that is brought to your (military) location during duty hours and it is understood that everyone will be in ACUs.

These tips and suggestions should help you move toward landing the job you are looking for and starting on an exciting new career.

Check out the Tools and Resources page on our website for valuable links to help in your veteran job search or your military transition. 

Make sure you bookmark this site and come back for parts 2 and 3 where we will continue with social media and interview tips and suggestions.

~ Article by Tobin Pilotte, Directer of Marketing and Technology for Forward March Inc. 

Hiring Our Heroes Hiring Fair – December 9 – 10

ATTENTION ALL MILITARY VETERANS AND TRANSITIONING MILITARY – Next week the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation will be holding their Hiring Our Heroes Hiring Fair. Forward March Inc. will be attending this hiring fair. Make sure you do not miss this event and be sure to stop by and meet with us as well.

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San Antonio Hiring Fair

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 5:30pm to Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 3:00pm
AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Center Pkwy

San Antonio, TX 78219

United States
Resume and Interview Tips and Suggestions
If you are attending but want to make sure you are putting your best foot forward be sure to read our three part series on preparing for a job interview. This series covers interviewing tips, social media tips and resume suggestions. Read more here…
Don’t forget to check out our tools and resources page for veterans and transitioning military here…
For a really comprehensive list of military hiring fairs around the country check out Military.com here…
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Resume and Interview Tips and Suggestions – Military and Veteran Employment Preparation – Part 3 of 3

Part III – Resume and Interview Tips and Suggestions

Resume and Interview Tips and Suggestions

Below are suggestions to use in your resume writing and also for your interviews. 

Leadership and management skills – Leadership and management skills acquired during your military service are to be highlighted. Highlight when you had leadership and management experience, training, or when you had leadership and management on a project/mission/task. Leadership and management does not necessarily have to translate to the job you are interviewing for, when they do not highlight them as a capability to manage people/materials/resources. 

Practice good communication skills – Your physical and verbal communication should be open, friendly, and confident. Try to physically relax and make eye contact with the person you are interviewing with. Avoid crossing arms, putting hands on hips or in pockets, or slouching when talking or listening to a potential employer. Make sure in your speech you keep your communication professional, short, and positive. Never talk about situations, people, or events in a negative manner. Try to keep the conversation positive. Never complain about previous employers, coworkers, assignments, duties, or situations. Avoid unnecessary details when relating your job experience. Keep your political and sociological ideologies out of the interview process.


8401272827_6a3fe41250_b Highlight your military skill and projects while being brief and describing things as much as possible in terms any civilian can easily understand. Avoid acronyms that are military knowledge specific.

Quantify work experience and achievements – Specifically what did you do, what problems/challenges did you overcome, problem solving tools, etc. For instance highlight the state of a project before you brought the solution to bear and then highlight how you improved the state.

Highlight goals and achievements – Depending on the interview style and time given for the interview, it is incumbent upon you to highlight briefly and succinctly your achievements, goals achieved, recognition and awards for achievements, etc. Make sure you highlight the necessity of teamwork, as often as is applicable so that an employer sees that you know that mission success is more about the team than the individual. This lets employers know that you are going to be a team player and not a lone wolf. Keep your examples to about two. Again, pay attention to the interviewer and take their lead, if they seem to want more information or more examples/details/etc then supply those.

References – In an interview these may or may not be asked for. Frequently when time is short interviewers will not ask for references. Make sure that your relevant and impressive references are highlighted before the end of your interview. Be brief, but make sure that the interviewer is aware of your references.

Highlight volunteer/intern/freelance work – Any volunteer work or freelance work done in the field you are looking at applying for should be listed on your resume and highlighted in your interview.

Clearances – When applying for positions which you think you may need a security clearance for make sure you note on your resume if you have a CURRENT security clearance and what level it is.

Photo Credit - Bokeh Breath by Rick Camacho

Photo Credit – Bokeh Breath by Rick Camacho

Lastly but most importantly – Relax, be yourself. People generally appreciate a person that is true to who they are.

Veterans, Transitioning Military Personnel, and their families are encouraged to meet with employers at this free event.

If you are looking for a chance to put some of these tips and suggestions to work for you then make sure you come to the Veteran Employment Transition Networking Event on November 17th. This event will give you the opportunity to meet with potential employers, veterans organizations and more. Click here for more info…