So What?

As Alliance Careers moves into a new iteration of interview training for military officers attending our June 2016 hiring conference, I am preparing myself for one of the the most common questions I ask those candidates: So What? This question can be put in the context of humble warriors learning the essentials of effectively bragging […]

Want a Job? Don’t smell and 10 other small but helpful hints

We’ve all heard the expression: “Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s all small stuff.” Great advice for those times in life when we let little things consume our attention, thus causing us to lose sight of the big picture. However, having interviewed and assisted thousands of military veterans seeking corporate positions, I have found that […]

Q: Is Passion Over-rated?

A:  No, but I think it can be misinterpreted.  Read on: When we work with candidates to prepare them to join the business world, we try to put emphasis on the importance of Passion.    However,  I think our words can easily be misinterpreted.  I say that because when I ask candidates about their career interests, many will […]

Your Transition Battle Rhythm (aka: “Me Time”)

“How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss We’ve all experienced it.  There are not enough hours in the day to conquer all of the items on our to-do list. It’s not unusual to come across candidates in the Alliance Careers training program that wrestle with completing the courses in our syllabus […]

Using Your Research Skills to Prepare for Interviews

  As a transitioning military officer, preparing for a job interview can be incredibly overwhelming. Going straight from college into your first military position took some of the stress out of the job hunt, leaving you with a sense of security and relinquishing the dreaded job hunting jitters. Now as you prepare for a position […]

8 Worst Words and Phrases To Use When Looking For A Job

Over the last 10 years or so, I have seen thousands of resumes and have conducted nearly as many interviews of transitioning junior military officers.  In that span, I have come across many positive forms of expression as well as those that weren’t so effective.  I prefer not to focus on the so-called “magic words” that […]