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Ed Crenshaw's Articles

Getting Away from Generic Resumes and Increasing Your Potential for Specific Employment Opportunities

Most people develop typical, generic employment resumes that are often headlined with a basic cover-letter, a generally desired occupation, basic job descriptions and a general break down of previous experiences that should help qualify them for most industry-related job opportunities. 

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The View from Someone Else’s Boots: "Addressing the Issue of Homelessness During the Job Hiring Process”

Homelessness among military veterans is a growing problem and a prominent national issue that is widely viewed as shameful and preventable to most Americans. The 2012 Annual Homeless Assessment report (prepared by HUD) estimates that there were more than 62,619 homeless veterans on a single night during January in the United States.  

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The View from Someone Else’s Boots: "Overcoming the 'Intimidation Factor' towards Transitioning from the Military to Navigating the Commercial Workplace.”

Generally speaking, there are various transition enhancement programs available for returning veterans such as the 2011 President's Executive Order 13518, "Veterans Employment Initiative Task Force." This measure is specifically designed to bolster recruitment and employment by providing various tax credits and other incentives to employers that hire deserving returning veterans. There is also the Department of Defense's "Transition Assistance Program" (TAP), that trains separating veterans on crossing the cultural bridge to the civilian world. 

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The View from Someone Else’s Boots: "What are the Advantages of Disclosing One's Disabilities to Employers”

The moment has arrived. You are currently applying for an employment position with a new organization and you inevitably reach the part of the job application that asks for self- identification and voluntary disclosure of any disabilities. Before answering the question(s), you instantly pause as your mind imagines the possibilities of how your personal health information may be interpreted by the prospective employer... you wonder, if your condition could somehow subject you to being ostracized and treated differently than any of your future employee counterparts?

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The View from Someone Else’s Boots, "The Impact of Proactive Intervention, Proactive Support and Flexibility within the Workplace"

Dr. Philip S. Wang, of the National Institute of Mental Health Alliance for Research Progress in Bethesda, MD states, "Some data is emerging that employer interventions can improve productivity and reduce employee turnover ..."

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The View from Someone Else’s Boots, "The Importance of Family Relationships towards the Probability of Civilian Workplace Success with Transitioning Veterans"

A recent PEW study titled, "The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life," surveyed 1,853 male and female 'post 9/11' veterans to discover their perspectives on the level of difficulty associated with transitioning and readjusting from the military to civilian life. The results of the study produced some startling data...

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Advances in Prosthetic Limbs that Provides Unlimited Potential for Transitioning Veterans

More veterans are utilizing VA and medical facilities to help treat some catastrophic battlefield conditions and regain functionality for basic ambulatory functions such as walking, holding and placing objects, along with sight functions. Many medical innovators are discovering more creative and technological ways to help restore a person's ability to live a somewhat 'normal' and comfortable lifestyle after combat.

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When to Appropriately Fire an Employee with Mental Health Challenges

Most organizations strive to be equal opportunity employers and with the help of various EEO compliance measures and diversity awareness campaigns, many employers now see the proven attributes and benefits of hiring returning veterans and other people with physical and mental health disabilities. Generally speaking, most people with physical and mental challenges do a great job and make great employees.

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Training Your Recruiting Personnel to Avoid Veteran, Disability Bias and Stereotypes

The job of an employment recruiter often proves mission critical to a business as its primary responsibility is to maintain an invaluable gateway and pipeline that constantly identifies, distinguishes, attracts, cultivates and secures new and diverse talent. These everyday endeavors of the recruiter, helps to ensure the essential 'life blood' of an organization and in many ways help it to adjust to the varying needs of diverse consumers, adapt to changing market trends and fortify its capability to compete in a given industry.

 

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The View from Someone Else’s Boots - Does Your Workplace Culture Encourage or Dissuade Proactive Disability Disclosure

Many organizations now have very aggressive hiring goals towards returning veterans and people with disabilities. This focus is especially relevant during an era where people with disabilities are the largest minority group, represent the highest segment of the unemployed in the US and the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are returning from combat.

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