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There are plenty of recognizable and relatively accurate standards that measure various types of fitness such as physical, mental, financial, and even cultural fit to an organization or company. Each Armed Service uses an annual or biannual Physical Readiness Test (PRT) to measure the fitness of its soldiers, sailors, marines, and airman; Credit Score agencies and investment portfolios are strong indicators of financial health; IQ tests, standardized testing, and personality tests can quantify both intellectual and mental capacity.

But do you know your Technical Fitness score or even how to find it? The answer is ‘no’…

The general consensus among business leaders is that traditional work will not return to the pre-pandemic commute/work/office structure. To prepare for the new future of work, companies wishing to remain relevant and competitive are turning to upskilling their current workforce. Even before the arrival of COVID, there was an emergence of changing technologies that would impact how and who was doing work in an organization. The pandemic just accelerated this trend.

Think how a MLB farm system works. How do you think the St. Louis Cardinals can consistently compete against the teams that outspend them 2:1? They have a very…

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

Today, it seems that all you hear about is networking being the preferred and most effective method to find a job or make a career change. This might be true on the surface; however, if you stop and think about it, the overall emphasis on networking is the direct result of an existing broken system. Just go to any job transition site or career fair and ‘networking’ is mentioned in an overabundance.

I recently heard an owner of US Government defense services contracting company tell a forum of transitioning servicemembers and Veterans that “…if you’re not networking; you’re not working...”…

Or, Why Organizational Dysfunction Is Killing Companies

In 2019, I left the security and comfort of a steady paycheck and joined my colleagues in a start up (Oplign) that has successfully created a fully integrated and relatable automated ‘labor data exchange’ (...think The Matrix for the labor market) that unlocks tremendous value for both sides of the labor curve and solves lots of labor-related problems — more on that later. As we began to sell our services, another endemic and systematic organizational problem became very evident. The more we interacted with companies, the more we saw that the support elements of a company (i.e. HR, legal, etc.)…

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

So much of our lives have been impacted by the rapid advancement and proliferation of Information Technology (IT). In fact, nearly everything in our day, at some point touches a digital network and is bounced off another. Everything from the traffic signal at roads intersections to our Netflix choice is nearly automated and integrated into a greater network. …

Oplign was founded by former US military Veterans who had been deeply involved in the defense services industry since 2005. That experience, frustration, and lessons learned spawned a labor optimization solution that solves the systematic flaws on how people interact in the labor market and how companies manage their labor.

Our quest began in mid-2017 and we have been gaining traction ever since. Hear and read more about our journey below:


Veteran Administration’s Born the Battle #207

The Full Monty with Monty Heath #30

OnFire Ignites / The OnFire B2B Podcast #499


Oplign supports Ohio Virtual Job Fair

Olin alum’s startup redefines hiring for military vets

The Most Advanced Employment Alignment Engine in the World

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Whether you’re a transitioning servicemember looking for that first job in the commercial market, or you’re an old hand at searching, finding and applying for jobs, you still meet the common enemy of all job searches — the ATS. They tell you ATS stands for “Application Tracking System,” but it really stands for “All the Stuff.” Mainly because you and everyone else just stuffs their resume in there, even if you’re not really qualified for the job. It is literally ‘Step 1’ when apply for a job at any company.

On average a recruiter spends ten seconds screening a Stuff…

It’s safe to say that most companies truly understand the value that a Veteran can bring to their organization. Their unique experience, work ethic, and professionalism is most certainly noteworthy compared to their civilian colleagues. Many companies have even explicitly committed to significant Veteran hiring quotas such as AT&T did in 2016 when the announced their goal to hire 20,000 Veterans by end of 2020.

This level of enthusiasm is great but most companies don’t have a clue on how to hire Veterans or even where to find them. When the company leadership decides that it would like to grow…

You’ve spent the last four to 25 years with a laser like focus on the mission. And whether that mission was breaking up the Haqqani network, or defeating the device, or getting the barracks ready for inspection — you understood it clearly. You were given an objective and resources, and then you made a detailed execution plan for making it happen. Furthermore, you were fully supported in completing this mission by everyone around you up and down the chain of command; and from all the voices on the other end of every comms channel. Everyone had a mission, and all…

Despite all the effort and available resources today, transitioning military, military spouses, and Veterans still face a tremendous challenge in finding a job in the civilian market. The reasons are obvious and most can rattle off why — military skills translation to its civilian equivalent is lacking; there is a lack of awareness of civilian job opportunities; and well-intended but grossly misguided advice is everywhere.

However, no one is addressing the root cause of all these problems, which just happen to be the very same issue that the civilian labor market experiences as well. There is a fundamental and endemic…


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