Given some great news this week, this military personal finance roundup focuses on jobs, a hot topic for everybody in the U.S. right now. But there’s no use in giving up on a job hunt. For service members and veterans, there are several resources to help you find work such as the Stars and Stripes Veteran Job Center or VetSuccess.
Beyond that, fellow personal finance bloggers regularly offer tips and tricks for finding work. Give this roundup a look for the good news and to see what some of them suggest.
Instead of focusing on saving money or paying debt, this military personal finance roundup focuses on job hunting. Once veterans return to civilian life, they’ll have to make a strong effort to find work. The blog posts in this roundup are not exclusive to veterans, so military spouses might find these resources useful too.
Seeking employment as a veteran shouldn’t be intimidating, but rather exciting. The transition to the civilian workforce isn’t always easy. However, the skill sets veterans develop while in the service can contribute to a stellar résumé. Take a look at these blogs for more employment guidance.
Asking for a raise is an issue that creates tension for many people. And if you’re in the military or are a military spouse, you probably haven’t had to ask for raise before in your career.
But now you’ve taken on more responsibilities for the same pay or you’ve been in the military or other occupation for a certain amount of time, and the day has come for you to approach your boss or supervisor with a respectful inquiry regarding your salary.
How should you go about this? Here are tips on how to ask for a raise.
If you’re new to the military, chances are you have a lot to learn about a lot of things. It’s a new way of life that comes with significant changes, including financially. You want to be sure to start your financial life in the military off right in order to set yourself up for success in your continuing career. And you certainly want to avoid any big rookie mistakes that might come back to haunt your wallet.
So what should new military members know about managing money in the military? “If we could offer one piece of advice to military members — new and old alike — it would be to focus on frugal living,” said Mark Leach, Vice President of Media Relations at First Command Financial Services.
Is leaving the service the right thing for me to do? This question poses a dilemma for military service members when they reach a financial impasse in their military careers — typically at 20 years in the armed forces — to stay in the military or get a civilian job.
Being a business owner takes commitment, decisiveness, leadership and passion. The same qualities could be said of our nation’s veterans. As our Armed Forces return home, the transition into civilian life begins.
Is being a business owner the right choice for veterans? The financial independence and opportunities are an obvious advantage to being a successful business owner. If you are a veteran interested in starting a business, consider these resources. See More
With ever-expanding suburbs and a difficult job market, long commutes are becoming a normal part of American life. Although long commutes aren’t uncommon, they are costly in numerous ways that should be considered before accepting a distant job, getting that house an hour from work or deciding to live off-base.
Our third installment of the military personal finance weekly roundup brings you a fresh batch of personal finance news and advice. Remember we’ll be doing this every week to keep you informed on the latest in the personal finance blog world.
Don’t forget to check back on Tuesdays and Fridays for our posts covering military personal finance.
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We’re excited to announce a new weekly feature at Smart Military Money.
Each Saturday we’ll share top stories from some of our favorite personal finance publications and bloggers. Our new weekly roundup will help you catch up on some of the best personal finance tips and news you might have missed.
Check out what this week had to offer: See More
As tax day approaches, you may find yourself stressing about finishing on time. Whether you are struggling to file correctly or simply forgot, Smart Military Money is here to help.
First, let’s take a look back at our recent Military Tax Tips & Tricks series posted over the last few weeks. See More