Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Careers: Time to Build Your Brand

first_imgWhat is Build Your Brand?Build Your Brand is a program at Dell that helps our team members and networks build their personal brand presence on LinkedIn so they are confident in representing themselves to the external market. Within Build Your Brand, participants experience a deeper dive into the how-to’s of profile development and receive tips on ways to engage on LinkedIn.LinkedIn, once known almost exclusively as the social media platform used during a job search, has now become a staple networking asset in the tool belt of individuals and organizations around the globe. A few of the most utilized functions allow users to:NetworkIdentify and recruit top talentJoin groups based on industries and interestsConnect with colleagues and professionalsPublish and share thought leadershipToday, LinkedIn’s brand has evolved into a platform with over 500 million users, a sizable proportion of which log on multiple times a week. Long progressed from that account checked only once or twice a month, this tool allows individuals to share their thought leadership, find like-minded connections and make a brand for themselves.A Tough TransitionAt Dell, we want to empower our employees to share their thought leadership with the world and provide the resources to do so. We believe that everyone has a story to tell and their own brand to promote.In military life, however, this is usually not a categorical requirement. A soldier’s brand is most heavily represented by their comrades or respective branch of the military. When transitioning out of a military role, this missed opportunity creates additional stress and adds barriers returning to civilian life. This already overwhelming process leaves many feeling at a loss, especially when the numerous skills gained over years of service are rarely found listed on a job description.How We HelpDell aims to help our veterans with the transition into a civilian career by teaching the basics of building your own brand. Last month, Dell representatives drove to Fort Hood to present on the importance of building a personal brand and continuously growing a professional network. One of the presenters, Army veteran and member of the Dell Commercial Client Product Group, Dan Ireland, was thankful to give back to his fellow veterans after he personally navigated the transition himself a few years back:“It’s really powerful when as representatives of one of the world’s most admired tech companies we’re able to provide insights and actionable advice to transitioning service members.ShareThrough offering resources such as Build Your Brand, a military careers page, a MOS translation generator and individuals such as Lou Candiello with a role dedicated to supporting military placement; Dell is doing its best to make a difference for those going through this life change. “I attended the brown bag and was very impressed at Dan’s passion for taking care of soldiers and briefing them on tricks of the trade for them in setting up a LinkedIn profile.”– John H. Vella IV; G6, Operations Officer“I never knew you could do so much with LinkedIn. I am a firm believer that intentionally connecting with the right people can make a huge difference in finding the right job.”–  Chelsea Williams; Senior Military Intelligence OfficerVeterans and military groups are consistently among the most active groups on LinkedIn. If these individuals were aware of the resources, such as Build Your Brand, and the importance of leveraging their networks, they would have the ability to take their career anywhere. Through increasing awareness of the many tools and opportunities veterans can capitalize on, we are helping make that transition into civilian life smoother while encouraging individuals to be confident in what they bring to the table.last_img read more

For emerging adults, pandemic serves up unique challenges

first_imgCONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The pandemic has been hard on both kids and adults, but it’s also been challenging for those who are in between. Demographic shifts during the last century have given rise to a distinct developmental stage called “emerging adulthood” that spans the late teens and early twenties. With the pandemic causing major disruptions in education, employment, housing and more, young people who are no longer adolescents but not quite adults are struggling to find their footing. Some experts worry that could have long-term negative effects, though the psychologist who coined the phrase “emerging adulthood” said this age group is resilient and likely will bounce back.last_img read more

The Latest: Massachusetts braces for snow’s arrival, wind

first_imgMassachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the state could expect 12 to 18 inches inches of heavy wet snow through the duration of the slow moving snow storm. He urged drivers to stay off the road as much as possible starting mid-afternoon Monday. The storm could also bring with high winds with gusts of up to 55 miles per hour along the coast and the possibility of moderate coastal flooding. The state is preparing thousands of pieces of snow clearing equipment, including plows, and will work to keep outdoor subway lines clear. COVID-19 vaccine providers will contact those with appointments if they are forced to close early.last_img read more

Hugh Grant, Maria Bakalova react to Golden Globe nominations

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Twelve-year-old Helena Zengel says it was the greatest day of her life. Hugh Grant says he deserved a little moral boost after months of home-schooling with an 8-year-old and a 5-year-old. They were among the actors newly nominated for Golden Globe Awards on Wednesday. Zengel was nominated as best supporting actress in a film for “News of the World” and Grant was nominated for best actor in a limited series or TV movie for “The Undoing.” Riz Ahmed, nominated for best actor in a film for “Sound of Metal,” says a year when Hollywood films were put on hold offered an opportunity for small movies like his.last_img read more