June 24, 2014

Welcome Home for Military and Family at the Columbus Zoo!

In appreciation of Ohio’s military members and their families, the Columbus VA  and the Columbus Zoo are partnering for the Welcome Home event on July 5th, where free Zoo admission will be offered to active and retired military members and their immediate families. Just show proof of service at the Zoo’s main entrance to receive the free tickets. The parking fee will still apply. The event will also feature a special Welcome Home Activity and Lunch area at the Zoo’s Water’s Edge Event Park from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Stop by for food and live entertainment! Military Veterans Resource Center and other veterans organizations will have booths stationed throughout the Welcome Home Activity area where service members and their families can receive goodies as well as information on community resources and VA health care and benefits. Be sure to check out the MVRC booth, where representatives will be on hand to pass out giveaways and to share the career services we offer job seeking veterans. If you can’t make the Welcome Home event on July 5th, you can still enjoy a free day at the Zoo with your family. Monday, June 30th begins Military Family Free week at the Zoo, which lasts until Sunday, July 6. All active and retired military members and their immediate families will receive free Zoo admission that week when proof of service is presented at the Zoo’s front entrance. Military members and their families can also receive discounted Zoombezi Bay admission. Visit the Columbus […]
June 24, 2014

Communication Tips for Job Seeking Veterans

To get far in any career field, you need to be an effective communicator. I’m not talking about livening up your presentations to keep your colleagues from boredom. Effective communicators are valuable employees who have a trustworthy image, work well with team members, and excel at given tasks. As a veteran seeking employment, you’re already an effective communicator because of your military training. However, as you go in for interviews with potential employers, you’ll find the civilian style of communication differs from military communication. To help you make the adjustment to the workforce, this article demonstrates how to successfully translate your communication skills to a civilian work environment. With a few tweaks to your current skill set, you’ll be a highly competitive job candidate! What to Expect from Civilian Employers: First, you need to know how civilians communicate to accomplish a task. This list highlights some of the key changes in communication style you can expect at your new job. 1. Who You Communicate With Military members are accustomed to a chain of command where orders are delivered in a top-down fashion, but a company’s structure is less rigid than the military. When working on a project, you may need to seek input from a team of co-workers and receive approval from multiple supervisors. Expect to collaborate with a lot of people who fulfill a variety of roles in the company. 2. Pace In the military, you were expected to follow an order as soon as it was given. Failing […]