Melissa Washington is the founder of SmartNet Strategies. Her focus in on speaking and workshops around LinkedIn and job search. She is also the author of the book Get Back To Work (she has a special veterans discount).
Melissa grew up in California. She is a United States Navy Veteran, and served off the coast of Somalia in 1993. She has been the spouse of a United States Marine of over 20 years.
Melissa was laid off from her job in the recruiting industry in 2009. She saw a need for people to understand LinkedIn and decided to reinvent herself. This led to the founding of SmartNet Strategies.
Melissa had this advice for aspiring veteran business owners:
Find a mentor…find multiple mentors…create your own board
Melissa mentions that LinkedIn offers a free 1 year subscription for Veteran Job Seekers at veterans.linkedin.com