. Military-Civilian: Hot Jobs, Events, and Helpful Information for Veterans Seeking Civilian Careers: May 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Success 4 What's Next - Conference

Success 4 What's Next - Conference

Opening Doors To Your Future

Success 4 What's Next

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Friday, July 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel
425 Water St Portsmouth, VA 23704

Success 4 What's Next is a company owned by veterans who are dedicated in helping American's veterans successfully transition into the civilian sector.

We are different from transitional programs offered by the military as we not only provide information on gaining employment, we also help address the mindset challenges military members have in the transition back into the civilian world.

There is a certain conditioning in behavior and mindset taught and enforced at boot comp and service academies that's necessary for the military culture.

However, when the member separates from the service, there is a different skillset that's needed to operate successfully in the civilian sector.

As veterans, we are highly valuable in the civilian sector; sometimes the value is lost in the conversion from military to civilian.

Success 4 What’s Next closes a much needed gap in the mindset of going from military to civilian. 

EARLY BIRD PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL June 15th.  $397, $467 starting June 16th.

Check Out Our Video On You Tube  - Conference July 2014

The biggest challenge for veterans is the same as millions of other people around the world, transitioning from a domestic economy to a global economy.  

Education and military experience are no longer enough.
What’s the difference between you and the other 76,000 military members that leave the military each year?

In this new world, you need greater tools and a different set of personal skills to succeed.

People remember small percentages of what they see and hear, but most of what they experience.  For the first time ever, these world renowned training companies, international speakers and trainers are coming together to conduct hands on training for military personnel, designed to help distinguish you from your competition, increase your value and create a step-by-step blueprint for future success in your personal and professional life.  This is an intense conference unlike anything you have ever experienced.  Spouses are welcomed and highly encouraged to attend.

During this 5 day event, you will dig deep inside to discover the career path you truly desire and get a clear vision of the life you dreamed of. 

Last day, VIP access to our Career Fair with over 100 companies including Fortune 100 and 500 companies specifically looking for highly trained and qualified veterans.

Please click here for more information on The Conference

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Veterans have personal traits needed to operate a successful franchise, says Always Best Care founder & CEO

Veterans have personal traits needed to operate a successful
franchise, says Always Best Care founder & CEO

According to Michael Newman, founder and CEO of California-based Always Best Care Senior Services, veterans have the ideal traits to become a successful franchise owner. 
“Veterans have the ability to understand processes and follow a plan – which is perhaps one of the most critically important for success in franchising,” Mr. Newman stated.  “In fact, the military operates very much like a franchise in many key respects.  For example, every aspect of a service member’s training is delivered in an Operations Manual.   The military trains service members from the beginning to solve problems by following standard operating procedures (SOPs), and reinforces that training throughout their careers.”
A franchise SOP, he added, by its very nature will feel familiar to veterans franchisees – so they are likely to understand it and follow it closely, thereby mitigating some of the risks of investing in franchising.”
Another essential characteristic of a successful franchise operation, according to Franchising USA, is a business methodology that can get a franchise launched in a short period of time; supports the franchisee with built-in networks that can include suppliers, advisors, and other franchisees; and provides pre-established guidelines for the back-office procedures – usually the most challenging part of starting a business for most people. To make a franchise system flourish, a good franchisor painstakingly researches and tests all elements of its methodology and documents them in their Standard Operating Procedures.
“All this will seem familiar to veterans,” explained Mr. Newman.  “They have the leadership skills and get-it-dome attitude that we’re looking for in our franchisees.”
No franchise company can guarantee the business will not have its hiccups. Franchising USA says that’s where character traits developed and reinforced in the military come into play. Those include an ability to “improvise, adapt, and overcome” (an unofficial mantra of the Marine Corps) and not let setbacks deflect their focus on the mission.
Another such trait is the ability to be both a leader and a team member. To succeed in franchising, the owner must lead his or her business and the franchise employees, and should also assume a leadership role in community organizations.
"President Obama called for industry to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for veterans,” said Mr. Newman.  “We’re taking it a step further by providing not just a job, but a lifelong career opportunity that will allow our nation’s heroes to build a business while making a real difference in people’s lives.”
Always Best Care is one of the nation’s leading providers of non-medical in-home care, assisted living services and skilled home health care.   The company was named one of the best franchises for veterans by Military Times EDGE, and one of the top 50 franchises for veterans by USA Today
Founded in 1996, Always Best Care began franchising just seven years ago, and now has more than 180 franchised territories throughout the United States.  Always Best Care has assisted more than 25,000 seniors representing a wide range of illnesses and personal needs.

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Testimonial 5/29/14 Getting The Word Out

Ms. Jensen,

I will see if I have any Vet's that I am working with, however, I will send
this to our Veteran's Representatives and ask them to pass your job requests
to our other centers as well.  They may already know, but I'd rather be
redundant than have a Vet miss an opportunity through omission. If I can
help in any other way, just let me know!

Thank you very much!

David P
Business Services Representative
San Antonio, Texas 78218

Stand Up for Women Veterans! June 13th


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pennsylvania State Police


Top 7 Reasons to Become a Pennsylvania State Trooper:
·        Being a Pennsylvania State Trooper is more than just a job or a career - it is a LIFETIME OF HONOR AND SERVICE. 
·        We are the ‘First and the Finest’ state police organization in our nation.  Our continued success will depend on hiring committed, dedicated, diverse, educated, and hardworking citizens that represent our Core Values: Honor, Service, Integrity, Respect, Trust, Courage, and Duty.
·        The Pennsylvania State Police is an equal opportunity employer firmly committed to promoting public confidence in the Department's integrity and professional excellence.  It is the policy of the Department to proactively seek the most qualified candidates from the diverse cultural, gender, and ethnic backgrounds of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
·        The Pennsylvania State Police is a full service agency. Duties include uniform patrol, crash investigation, criminal investigation, and response to incidents. PA State Troopers provide primary police coverage in over 1,200 municipalities on a permanent basis, accounting for over 60% of the Commonwealth’s municipalities.  Troopers also patrol all interstate and state highways. Troopers patrol 85% of the Commonwealth's land area and 66% of the Commonwealth's highways.
·        In addition to providing patrol services and criminal investigation, the PSP provides a variety of support and technical services with over 100 different career fields. These services are provided not only to areas of primary PSP patrol coverage, but PSP also supports municipal law enforcement agencies through specially trained members and civilians, including Special Emergency Response Teams, Forensics Services Units, Tactical Mounted Units, Canine Units, Arson Investigation, Criminal Profilers, Major Case Teams, Fugitive Units, Organized Crime, Aviation Units, Motorcycle Patrol Units, and Hazardous Devices and Explosives Units, just to name a few.
·        Throughout our history, the Pennsylvania State Police has been an innovator and leader in law enforcement. Since 1993, we are the largest internationally accredited law enforcement agency in the world. We are at the forefront of technology and our personnel utilize modern equipment to accomplish our mission and uphold our Core Purpose: To seek justice, preserve peace, and improve the quality of life for all.  
·        The Pennsylvania State Police offers a tremendous pay and benefits package. There are regular contractual raises, and opportunities for promotion, advancement, and service in numerous specialty units. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Salary and Benefit Information: 
o   Graduation after July 1, 2013 - Starting Salary is $ 54,497
o   Graduation after July 1, 2014 - Starting Salary is $ 55,853
o   Graduation after July 1, 2015 - Starting Salary is $ 57,251
o   Graduation after July 1, 2016 - Starting Salary is $ 58,962
§  *Overtime pay and shift differential are paid as applicable.
o   Troopers are granted an annual clothing allowance of $600* for clothing maintenance.
o   Troopers earn 10* vacation days during their first year of employment and then 15 days of vacation beginning with their second year of employment.
o   Troopers earn 15* sick days per calendar year.
o   Troopers receive 12* paid holidays per calendar year.
o   Troopers receive 4* personal days per calendar year.
o   Upon graduation and promotion to the rank of Trooper, members and their dependents are eligible for Health Care Program, Dental Care Program, Vision Care Plan, Prescription Drug Program, and a Health Reimbursement Account. The Commonwealth pays the entire cost of all coverage for the Trooper and their eligible family members.
*Subject to change with the effective dates of new labor contracts.
Visit http://www.patrooper.com/index.html for the most up to date information or to contact a PSP recruiter.

NOVA MOAA BANG Meeting 28 May 14

Business And Networking Group


28 May 2014
6:30 to 8:30 PM
The historic Clark House
6332 Barcroft Mews Drive
Falls Church, VA 22041

Our BANG meetings are open to all. Please feel free to bring friends. There will be a Spotlight Speaker presentation of general interest to the group and plenty of networking time with jobseekers, hiring managers and human resource professionals. See you at the BANG. Remember there always “jobs in the room.”

Spotlight Speaker for 28 May 2014 will be: LTC Lisa Rosser, USAR (Retired) and CEO of The Value of Veterans. LTC Rosser is a16-yesr human resources professional and a military veteran who spent 22 years in the active Army and Army Reserve. She served in support of operations in the Gulf  War, Somalia and Bosnia. In 2007 she combined these backgrounds and founded a training and consulting firm called “The Value Of a Veteran”.  She has made it her mission to help companies understand what military veterans have to offer an organization, how to translate military skills into civilian positions and how to market to and source military talent. LTC Rosser’s topic will be: "Advice from the Small Business Trenches: What to Think About When Considering Entrepreneurship after the Military." At its essence, entrepreneurship is about identifying a problem that needs a solution, and then creating/developing/introducing a product or service that provides that solution.  This session covers Lisa's journey from the military to the world of small business ownership. She offers advice on how to determine if you have the risk tolerance to be an entrepreneur and how to approach starting a business (and what kind of business should you launch?). She makes you think about whether you should start a business from scratch, buy an existing business or look into franchising as a path. Lisa will also take your questions during the session.

Directions to the Clark House (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hprs/clarkhouse.htm )   The historic Clark House is adjacent to the Barcroft Plaza Shopping Center on Columbia Pike at the intersection with Lincolnia Road and Old Columbia Pike. Look for Harris Teeter and Starbucks in the shopping center on the corner at the traffic light. Upon entering the Barcroft Plaza Shopping Center stay on service road to east end of parking area. The Clark House is located at the entrance to a townhouse complex. The Clark House is a restored, late 1800’s Victorian farm house. There will be a sign in front. For additional information contact: Frank Wickersham III (fgwickersham@vsecorp.com

Testimonial – Getting The Word Out

 Veterans PTSD Facebook
 11:38am May 25 

Hey Lucy, thanks for the link. We frequently post jobs for your page, as well as on Google+ and Twitter. I'm in your group on LinkedIn also. I thoroughly am impressed with how well designed your pages and website are. That are very easy to navigate. Yes though, we are more than happy to help you spread the word about what Military to Civilian does and the job postings you have. I would like to post any and all job fairs you have coming up as well as any workshops you have coming up. Thank you once again for the links. Please have a beautiful Memorial Day weekend.


Enjoy! Your Holiday Weekend Reward

Rules to live by - Adm. McRaven Urges Graduates to Find Courage to Change the World

Some good advice for everyone, regardless of where they are in the life.



U.S. Veterans Magazine

Twitter: @USVeteransMag


U.S. Veterans Magazine’s goal is to provide transitioning service members, veterans and their families with valuable information and resources concerning education, employment, entrepreneurship and much more. The publication is distributed to TAP/ TRS/ ACAP offices and vet centers nationwide, as well as veteran-focused conferences, job fairs and events, libraries and bookstores, and a digital subscription is offered to veterans at no cost.

Each issue is chocked full with articles, features and profiles relevant to Career/Employment, Women in the Military, Health/Wellness, Government, STEM, Veterans with Disabilities, Minority Veterans, Veteran Business Owners, Veteran-friendly Companies and Supplier Diversity on veterans who have overcome the challenges of transition, up-to-date legislation and policies, celebrities who are genuinely championing and acting on behalf of veterans and companies and organizations that go out of their way to assist our nation’s heroes.

CLICK HERE to view the current issue of USVM featuring Navy and Marine Corps veteran Montel Williams, and CLICK HERE to claim your FREE digital subscription!

Testimonial - LinkedIn Connections – 5/22/14

I want to personally thank you for accepting my request to connect with you. I also want to let you know that I was referred to you by Dave Steward, an ACAP instructor here on Fort Leonard wood, MO. I, again, want to thank you Lucy.

Sent from LinkedIn for iPhone
Jason B

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sacramento, CA County Veteran's Treatment Court


Planned Systems International - Senior Information Systems Security Engineer (Risk Management) for VA/DC area

Planned Systems International - Senior Information Systems Security Engineer (Risk Management)

Planned Systems International is seeking a Senior Information Systems Security Engineer (Risk Management) for VA/DC area

Essential Functions and Job Responsibilities:
The senior information systems security (ISS) engineer provides operational risk management analysis and support to DoD-managed systems across varying security classifications, architectures, mobile devices, VPNs, and remote access architecture (SSL/TLS).  The senior ISS engineer evaluates computer systems and network security risks to determine methods to mitigate and eliminate threats, vulnerabilities, and attacks and provides support to DoD customers through the following to include:
•Providing Tier 3 computer network defense and oversight of DoD-managed systems for security controls and security guidelines.
•Providing integrated support to DoD stakeholders on managed networks by performing systems security audits on a regular and scheduled basis.
•Documenting all security infractions/instances and analyze trends for government reporting.
•Reporting any anomalies, unapproved system configurations, incidents, and undesired activity to the appropriate DoD management and support staff for resolution.
•Acting as a liaison for independent audits by external agencies and act as a central POC for remediation efforts requested by auditors.
•Partnering with internal stakeholders to resolve any audit findings and providing briefings to senior management while tracking POAMs and verify that findings are corrected.
•Performing vulnerability management and oversight activities for all systems in the Test and Production environments.
•Identifying the findings that require a Plan of Action and Milestones (POAM) for remediation.
•Tracking and monitoring VMS integrity verification and POAMs; escalating to DoD management as necessary to incomplete service requests.
•Monitoring the evolving DoD Risk Management Framework (RMF) guidance and adapt vulnerability management processes and procedures in order to maintain compliance.
•Evaluating proposed changes for security risks for customers’ IT environments and participating in the Enterprise Change Control Board, reviewing Requests for Change (RFC), and performing risk assessments on IT systems, hardware, and software.
•Supporting and overseeing the server Validation and Verification (V&V) activities for all new and modified applications in support of Certification and Accreditation efforts.
•Identifying and evaluating residual risks stemming from the implementation of new systems or changes  to existing systems.
•Identifying risk mitigation requirements based on Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs).
•Reporting any unapproved configuration changes that increase risk to DoD-managed systems to key stakeholders within one business day of incident.

Minimum Requirements:
•Seven or more years of experience with Information Assurance.
•Four or more years of experience focused on designing, installing, and configuring IT systems and networks in accordance with DoD IA policy (e.g., DoDI 8500.2, CJCSI 6510.01) and STIGs, to include the configuration and use of security products.
•Must hold one of the following certifications:  CISA, GCIH, GCED, CISSP, or CASP.
•Must hold one of the following certifications:  MCITP, MCSE, MCSA, or GCWN,
•Knowledgeable of DoD security policies, directives, and guidelines (e.g., DoDI 8500.2, CJCSI 6510.01, DISA STIGs)
•Experienced working with the security configurations of network/system architecture design & implementation related to Microsoft Server and Operating Systems, Red Hat Linux Enterprise OS, Unix OS, VMWare, Oracle Databases, and border devices (i.e. firewall, VLANs).
•Knowledge of encryption standards, vulnerability scanning, and application code scanning as well as HBSS monitoring.
•Experienced with managing IT security audits, Metrics, and Technical Writing.
•Must hold an in-scope DoD Security clearance at the TS/SCI level.
Additionally Desired Qualifications:
•Master’s degree in information systems, cyber security, or project management.
•Experience supervising and leading others within one’s own profession

Follow this link:
Or, contact Jonathan Jurewicz at jjurewicz@plan-sys.com

Below are links that include samples of cover letters and cover letter tips.



The Path of the Warrior

Please support your local Memorial Day Program and remember our Vets and Families ------
This is also a good time to show your respect for your veterans and your elders by remembering them and
if you can by visiting their grave sites and mausoleums.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sims Metal Management - Careers Available Nationwide

Sims Metal Management’s North American Division is located in 19 U.S. states and employs more than 3,000 of the best and brightest men and women in the industry. The company has a vast network of Sims Metal Management and Joint Venture facilities – 120 across the United States, British Columbia and Baja, Mexico – that enables Sims Metal Management to offer convenient options for both suppliers and customers.

Sims is currently hiring for the following positions:
CA – Sacramento -Truck Driver
CT – North haven - Mechanic
IL – Chicago – Payroll Administrator
IL – Chicago – Dispatcher
IL – Chicago – Indirect Tax Analyst
IL – Chicago – Internal Audit Manager
IL – Chicago – Internal Auditor
IL – Chicago – Internal Investigations Manager
IL – Chicago – Payroll Administrator
IL – Chicago – Yard Supervisor
IL – Chicago – Tax Analyst
MI – Detroit – Buyer-Sales
NJ – Jersey City – Environmental Manager
NJ – Jersey City – Logistic Administrator
NJ – Newark – Scale Operator
NY – NY - Help Desk Representative
NY – E. Middletown - Laborer
NY – Brooklyn – Shift Supervisor
PA – Morrisville – Mechanic
RI – Johnston -Heavy Equipment Operator
RI -  Providence - Maintenance Mechanic
RI -  Providence - Maintenance Supervisor
RI -  Providence - Parts Clerk
RI – Johnston - Pickers/Sorters/Inspectors
RI -  Providence - Warehouse Laborer
RI – Johnston – Welder
TX – Houston – Scale Operator
TX – Houston – Continuous Improvement Analyst
UT – Orem – Scale Operator/Office Manager
UT – Orem – Heavy Equipment Operator
VA – Chesapeake – Heavy Equipment Mechanic
VA – Chesapeake – Maintenance Mechanic

Positions change daily; please view all current openings on our website. We do like candidates to apply online @ http://us.simsmm.com/Careers/Opportunities-with-Sims or call 212-604-0710

Career Development
Sims Metal Management considers the lifelong learning process a critical element of our corporate culture. We offer training to continue career growth and develop the next generation of leaders within the organization.

Sims Metal Management is an Equal Opportunity Employer
We do not discriminate in employment on the bases of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, religion, citizenship or veteran status and any other category covered by law.