Interviewing by Phone? Here's How to Win Them Over

The next time you have a job interview by telephone, don't underestimate its importance.  It is, after all, your first chance and possibly your only chance, to make a great impression.

Want Employers to Look Past Your Baby Bump? Show Them You Are the Best

Ashli Teeman was 35 weeks pregnant when she applied to work for a child and youth program at the NSB Kings Bay Child Development Center in Georgia.

While she didn’t have any teaching experience, she had a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and she got the position.

She was required to do a routine drug test, but she went into labor before she could take it, and she was still in the hospital when the test was scheduled.

In Summer Months, Relax Your Dress, Not Your Image

Winter is finally gone! It's time to shed the extra weight of layered clothing, pack up the sweaters and jackets and add a little color to your wardrobe. Some employers will loosen up the dress code a bit during the summer months, but be careful not to go overboard.

To keep your professional image intact, follow these basic summer dress code tips and your summer style won't land you in hot water.


Using the Post-9/11 GI BILL? You May be Eligible for In-State Rates

Attention all military members. If you are using a the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you may now be considered an in-state student.

Regardless of how long you've lived in the state, where your license was issued or where you own property.

On July 1, schools were required to comply with the Section 702 of the Veterans Access, choice and Accountability Act of 2014. The rule mandates that the VA will not make payments to schools if qualifying Veterans and their dependents are charged rates higher than those charged to resident students.

Websites we love: The Bedbug Registry

It’s PCS season. It’s vacation season. You may be laying your head down on a lot of pillows that are not yours.

Which means you may encounter some unwanted travel companions, such as bedbugs.

The tiny, flat, sometimes nearly invisible pests can hide anywhere: hotel rooms, theaters, libraries, nearly all public places.

People are their main source of food. They are active only at night and leave bite marks much like a mosquito or flea. While bedbugs do not spread disease, they can very difficult to get rid of and that process often causes the most distress.

Check Out a Hiring Fair in July

It is PCS season! Which means, people are leaving their jobs. Which means, employers near military bases are hiring!

A great way to get your resume out and check out the businesses near your new home is to take part in a hiring fair. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation continues to hold monthly fairs around the nation that are open only to military members and their spouses.

Here is a list of the ones happening in July. Remember to click on the link and register. Spaces fill up so register soon.

July 10

Cleveland, Ohio

Summer Activity Guide: Let Museums Occupy Down Time

Are you driving across country this summer to PCS? Heading to the in-laws. In the middle of nowhere? Trying to keep your kids occupied while dad is deployed for the summer?

More than 2,000 museums across the nation want to make this summer a little less stressful for you. And, the cost is free.

The Blue Star Museums program is again offering free admission to more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states for military members and their families. The program runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Sept. 7.

How to Use Social Media to Land a Job

Can you really post, comment and tweet your way to a job?

"Absolutely! I just hired someone today who found me and sent me her resume on LinkedIn," said Jennifer Takacs-O'Shea, President, Caterpillar Career Consultants, Inc. "Sites like LinkedIn are often a direct professional connection from job seekers to hiring managers and companies that are actively hiring."

Job Outlook for 2015 Grads

If you are a new college grad without a job, don't be discouraged about finding one. Employers who responded to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Job Outlook 2015 Spring Update survey reported plans to hire 9.6 percent more Class of 2015 graduates in the U.S. than they hired from the Class of 2014.

In the fall they predicted it would be only be 8.3 percent so things are looking even better, thanks to the growing economy and an unemployment rate that, according to the Department of Labor, is the lowest it has been in years at 5.4 percent in April 2015.

Anxiety, Military Life Can Cause It

I have been struggling to keep my head above water the last few months. My husband has been away at a 10-week course only a few hours away. There were a few weekends we were able to have him home for the weekend. In my mind, it doesn’t get much better than that! Or, so I thought.

I did not emotionally prepare myself for the disaster that would ensue. In my mind, this would be easy peasy!


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