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Matching Veterans Skill Sets in the New Economy - Part 1- Who Am I Meant to Be?

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Welcome to the BusiNeighbor Veterans Center Veterans Blog.  Today is the first installment of the Three Part Series - Matching Veterans Skill Sets in the New Economy - Part 1- Who am I Meant to Be?

We will address the New Economic Landscape, how traditional jobs are evolving, and how veterans can assess and re-purpose their their skill sets to obtain or create gainful employment.

The Great Recession of 2008 changed the economic landscape for the 21st Century in ways that are still unfolding.   86% of the traditional workforce are unhappy with their current employers, 50% of the traditional jobs are gone, most notably in manufacturing and service center sectors, the average traditional job tenure is down to 4.5 years and over 5 million jobs are currently available demanding computer/technical skills, of which less than 40% of the population are qualified for.

That said, our veterans returning home from their umpteenth tour of duty are lost in a maze of how to compete for employment in the New Economy.  Further, at the end of every year, the Federal Government is responsible for producing a budget in the neighborhood of $4 Trillion, yes, with a "T."  All things considered, our veterans have earned and deserve a piece of that budget, after all, they fought for it.

Step 1 - Who Am I Meant to Be?

The most critical step for anyone seeking a long lasting career, or a new job, especially veterans, is to determine not only what skill sets have be acquired over the years, but more importantly, who is that person meant to be? 

Loving what you do is more important than seeking just a paycheck.  Loving what you do will allow one to become the best at that discipline and the paychecks will not only come, but will increase.   The trick is, how does one uncover what the really love doing?  How can they find that special calling?  At the end of the day, we recommend taking the "Who Am I Meant to Be" quiz on Oprah's site.

After taking the quiz, you will need to get the results to a seasoned entrepreneurial personal branding and marketing specialist who can translate your findings into real world scenarios that make sense.  

We recommend contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MBA, Entrepreneurial Thought & Action, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Co-Founder and CEO of MatterMax Media.

Step 2 - Matching Skills to Opportunities:

Traditional jobs have evolved into projects and contracts bidded out to contractors and companies to avoid HR expense, healthcare costs and long term employment commitments.  While some folks may need to work for a Fortune 500 or a financially sound start up, to gain experience and establish a track record, the odds are that that job has a shelf life of no more than 4.5 years.

Therefore it is vitally important to always be working towards the entrepreneurial goal of having a business where your skill sets actually drive the business.

For example; If your military job was in communications, and you loved most of what that job entailed, and your "Who Am I Meant To Be" score indicated that "communication" is who you are, then starting a communication based business should place you well within the sites of government contracts/contractors looking for communication experts and companies who are well-versed in communication.  

Thanks for stopping by and reading our blog.  See you next time for the Second Installment, of the Three Part Series - Matching Veterans Skill Sets in the New Economy - Part 2- Laying the Groundwork

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