It’s Memorial Day today in the U.S. — a time when we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. I’m glad the sun is shining today, at least where I live, for the families and friends who will be visiting the grave sites of their loved ones. They deserve a beautiful day to honor some 2.7 million women and men who have given their lives in conflicts over the years for my wonderful country — the USA. Thank you to all those who have died so that I could remain free.
Remembering those who served
When you’re a kid with siblings you wonder if you’ll ever like them. At least that was the case for me. One of my brothers was always in the bathroom too long while I waited my turn. Or we fought over who had taken the most meatballs that my mother made with spaghetti every Sunday.
But then you grow up and realize that your two brothers are among your most treasured friends, admirers and supporters. You love them and have a special relationship that endures through marriages, children, job changes, and life, as you grow old together.
Then, one day, you lose a brother. Read More→
My best wishes to you for a joyous and happy holiday with your family and loved ones. Many people around the world are not as fortunate as we are. Millions are caught in the crossfire of deadly conflicts or will go to sleep once again hungry and without roofs over their heads. So my most fervent wish this holiday season is for more joy and prosperity for those in need and peace in the world.
See you back here in 2013.
Hire a veteran
It seems appropriate as we celebrate Thanksgiving to give thanks to the brave men and women who have so valiantly served our country. Many are returning home and entering a very tough job market.
My friend and colleague Andrea Nierenberg has co-authored a book, just released, called Networking for Veterans, the first military transition book written by an Iraq or Afghanistan veteran.
One of the co-authors, Michael Abram, is a combat Marine who struggled to find and begin a new career upon his transition back home. He writes about his successes and failures as a military job seeker.
The book serves as a transition guidebook for future returning service members. It includes networking tips and how to use social media to find a job, especially LinkedIn. The book also recounts the heartwarming stories of returning vets and the jobs they currently hold. Read More→