Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Many Oregon National Guard members are now returning from deployments throughout the world, with several other units heading out the door, even this week! One concern many returning Soldiers and Airmen have is jobs.

Author and military fitness guru Pauline Nordin came up with several tips for entrepreneurs, which may be helpful to those who are contemplating starting a business. These are also helpful to those looking for employment, or a job upgrade, or simply for self improvement, and we thought we'd pass them along...

1. Have a personality. Don't find one, don't try to make up one, BE one from the bottom of your soul and just display it.

2. Offer something there's a need for, not something you wish there was a need for.

3. Avoid looking for stardom overnight. Do what you are passionate about, then have long patience and it will pay off.

4. Do NOT do what everyone else does. If you do your USP drops to anonymous and averagely interesting.

5. Be prepared to get 1,000 NO thanks and be prepared to DO it YOUR way without any help.

For more information on Pauline's career advice, visit her Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/FDfighterdiet or follow her on Twitter at @fighter_diet

Speaking of career opportunities and jobs, Hero to Hired, ESGR, Worksource Oregon and the Oregon National Guard are putting on a Career and Education Fair, June 26, at Camp Withycombe.  The address is: 5530 SE Minuteman Way Clackamas, OR 97015. You can find an event listing on our Facebook page, here.

Employment Workshop: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m

Career and Education fair: 1 – 4 p.m

For more information, contact Jason Phelan at 503)280-6041 or Pete Pringle at 503)669-7112 Ext 264

Pre-register for the event here.

Some of the highlights for employment and education available to service members include:


Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs Jobs Page: Includes military skills translator, resume assistance, job postings, etc.

WorkSource Oregon - Veteran Services Page: Local assistance in communities around utilizing Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS). Can assist with resumes, job placement, interview skills, etc.

Oregon.Gov Employment Page: List of POCs across Oregon (both LVERs and DVOPs)

Military One Source: Resume assistance/job preparation for federal and civilian jobs

My Next Move: Assist Service Members in finding careers that correlate with their military skill set or totally unrelated career field they are interested in (has interest profiler for those who are undecided).

Veterans Administration:  Assists Service members with career assessment based upon their previous education and future goals

Helmets to Hard Hats: Information specifically on building and construction careers for Service Members

Goodwill Industries: Goodwill Industries can assist with resumes, interviewing, job placement, application help


Veterans Administration Education & GI Bill: Education information, GI Bill comparison tool, choosing schools, etc.

Veterans Administration Careerscope: Assists Service members with career assessment based upon their previous education and future goals

Military One Source K-12 scholarship & college info: Scholarship and financial assistance information for children/spouses of Service Member (includes FAFSA/Pell Grant info.

Posted by Nick Choy,
Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager