Monthly Archives: February 2014

10 Reasons to Hire an American Veteran

1.  Accelerated learning curve.
Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real world situations. This background can enhance your organization’s productivity.
2. Leadership.
The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.
3. Teamwork.
Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one’s colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes relate to each other and an overarching objective.
4.    Diversity and inclusion in action.
Veterans have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion and economic status as well as mental, physical and attitudinal capabilities. They have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals.
5.    Efficient performance under pressure.
Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.
6.    Respect for procedures.
Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates’ actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.
7.    Technology and globalization.
Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.
8. Integrity.
Veterans know what it means to do “an honest day’s work.” Prospective employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including
security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness.
9.    Conscious of health and safety standards.
Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug- free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property and materials.
10. Triumph over adversity.
In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina and flexibility. They may have overcome personal disabilities through strengths and determination.

Above thanks to Martin Mongiello, GM of The Inn of the Patriots and the Presidential Culinary Museum.

Don’t use these 4 words in your resume. recently had an article about 5 words to avoid using in your resume.

‘Experienced’-If you want to use this term be specific on how/where you are experienced. Show how you are experienced. That’s meaningful to prospective employers.

‘Hard working’ Let your successes and accomplishments show that you are hard working. Employers assume you are hard working.

Your resume needs to demonstrate leadership, don’t just list leadership as an attribute.

‘Responsible’ is another word to avoid in your resume. People want to know what you have done, not what you have attempted. Tell readers how many you were responsible for and the key accomplishment.

‘Team player’ You are expected to be a team player.  Your resume needs to explain what your team actually did.


Refer to Article Search Directory,  Feb. 6, 2014 for the complete article.

Turn Every Option into Opportunity

Every day we have opportunities to turn contacts into opportunities. We may be working room at an event or conference, on business appointment, or just create an opportunity for a chance encounter with someone we don’t know.  We never know when an introduction or contact will generate unexpected business.

Laura Schwartz, author and former Director of Events during the Clinton Administration,  described Clinton as excellent multitasker. But when it was time to meet people he totally focused on the people in front of him. He referred to it as “It’s showtime.” She says”We must be present to win. When we’re present, we’re going to learn more and give more and that’s when we will have the moment that will change our lives.

Focus on what you can do for the person you are talking to. Don’t think about what that person can do for you. Until you listen carefully you won’t know what either of you can do for each other. Laura said Larry King used to say “I never learned anything when I was talking.” Listening allows us to gather information. That can fuel ideas and potential working relationships.

Two key points she makes:

  •  “Meetings and events are most effective way to communicate messages.”
  • “We do not host events. We host guests.”


Laura Schwartz was Director of Events during the Clinton Administration.There she was responsible for more than 1,000 White House events. Today she is professional speaker, television commentator, master of ceremonies for non-profit events, and author of Eat, Drink, and Succeed.

Above from cover story in Feb. 2104 Smart Meetings.