Deanne N. Bell

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Transition to 1stCivDiv - Easy Peasy?

Posted:January 3, 2015 | Tags: Military transition classes, federal jobs, transition preparation, veterans hiring initiatives, 1stCivDiv

"Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less concerned about the later than the former. Space we can recover, lost time never." - Napoleon Bonaparte

First things first - do you have any idea what you want to be when you grow up? And by grow up I mean after you depart the military, whether it is after 3 or 30 years, I highly encourage you to think about it at least 2 years prior to getting out.

Why? Well, now that you've successfully accomplished being a part of the 1% of...

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Google Alerts

Posted:December 14, 2014

One of the easiest ways to manage your online presence is simply to set up a Google Alert for your name and any variation thereof, e.g. Lucas Smith, Luke Smith, L. Smith, Luke S., Lucas "Smitty" Smith, Captain L. Smith, USMC, etc.

If any of the names that you have placed an alert on appears on the web, you will receive an email notification.

If you don't regularly Google yourself, although I highly recommend that you do, this may be an adequate substitute for you.

Personally, I'll...

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Posted:December 7, 2014 | Tags: Personal Branding

Job-Hunt is chock-full of great info and I especially like the Guide To Personal Branding.

There's a checklist to help you get started and helpful hints to keep you on track.

If you are job hunting and your online presence only consists of Facebook posts that you have to hide, I sincerely recommend reviewing the info on Job-Hunt:


A Gentle Reminder: your online presence will most likely be the first impression of...

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Posted:December 5, 2014 | Tags: Career Management Tool, Jason Alba, Organizational Tool, Job Search

Starting your job search or contemplating a mid-career change and you still haven't signed up for JibberJobber?

I'll give you two reasons to reconsider that decision:

1. Founder & CEO Jason Alba is a friend to the Veteran: he offers Veterans a free year of membership.

2. JibberJobber is a great tool for your career management efforts by allowing you to keep all pertinent information organized and in one place.

So, take heed and step away from the excel spreadsheet and click...

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Posted:December 3, 2014 | Tags: Federal Employment, Veterans Hiring Authority, OPM

FedsHireVets is a website dedicated to providing guidance and information re: federal jobs for veterans.

There's a lot of good "need to know" information that serves to try to provide clarity to the often muddy process.

Educate yourself on the ins and outs: www.fedshirevets.gov.

Good luck!

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