6 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Job – (Hint: it’s not all about the money!)

Have you or someone you know ever had an unpleasant job – the kind of job where it is very hard to get out of bed in the morning? I once had a job where I literally sat in my car dreading the day and putting off going into the building until the last possible minute. When I think back to that job, I realize that I did not evaluate my choice of jobs very carefully or realistically. Here are some factors – in addition to salary – that you should always consider.

 

Work Environment

You spend at least a third of the hours of every weekday at work – often more time than you spend with friends or family on any given day – so it makes sense to want to like where you are. Consider the company culture: is it formal and focused on rules or is it more laid back and open. Assess your personality and identify what is important to your job satisfaction to determine where you will best fit.

 

Quality of Life

Some people are willing to trade their free time,...

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Veteran Underemployment: Causes & Cures

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for all veterans fell to 3.7% in 2017. Having this low unemployment rate for veterans is great. However, this statistic doesn’t take into account the level of veteran underemployment.

According to a 2017 study nearly 31.8% of veterans were underemployed; that rate was 15.6% higher than their non-veteran counterparts. What does this mean for you, as a veteran in your post-military career?

Underemployment refers to someone that has a job that is below their level of skills, education, qualification and/or salary requirements. An underemployed veteran may find themselves facing one, many or all of these issues.

However, you may simply feel unfulfilled with your current role which can also cause you to feel underemployed. In a Washington Post survey, 66% of veterans felt more purpose and meaning in the military than in their current career and 67% felt frustrated that they weren’t using 3 or more of their...

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