News http://veteran.careercast.com/archives/rss.xml Archive of Networks articles en Veterans Plugging Into Online Job Searching http://veteran.careercast.com/article/veterans-plugging-online-job-searching <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Veterans Plugging Into Online Job Searching</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 03/18/2017 - 12:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/veteran-091813-body.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Veterans Plugging Into Online Job Searching" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>So you’re a military veteran who just returned from years of active duty. Though you had a fulfilling experience, you’re ready to get back into the job market and work for an organization that can help you achieve other career goals. Well, after months of searching, you still can’t find a job, which puts you in a group with other unemployed veterans — 7.3% of unemployed veterans to be exact.</p> <p>What do you do?</p> <p>While it’s always frustrating to be unemployed, veterans may have a harder time in the job search process due to their time away, medical issues, or even discrimination. However, using technology in your job search can dramatically improve your chances, especially if you’re particularly savvy about it.</p> <p>Check out some suggestions for the modern-day job searching veteran.</p> <p><a href="http://mashable.com/2013/09/15/veterans-jobs/" target="_blank">CONTINUE READING AT MASHABLE.COM</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Veterans%20Plugging%20Into%20Online%20Job%20Searching&amp;1=http%3A//veteran.careercast.com/article/veterans-plugging-online-job-searching&amp;2=node/46945" token="Tnuk6bd_vm955foHJYlRFqo6-tDJ0OWkAdvG0dhwgoQ"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:24:51 +0000 Anonymous 46945 at http://veteran.careercast.com Veterans Have Opportunities in Manufacturing Jobs http://veteran.careercast.com/article/veterans-have-opportunities-manufacturing-jobs <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Veterans Have Opportunities in Manufacturing Jobs</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/manufacturing-1.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Veterans Have Opportunities in Manufacturing Jobs" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Job opportunities for veterans in the manufacturing sector should be abundant in the coming years, with a joint plan from four American companies helping to fuel that growth.</p> <p>Alcoa, Boeing, General Electric and Lockheed Martin are all buying into the "<a href="http://www.getskillstowork.org/" target="_blank">Get Skills to Work Coalition</a>,” an organization designed to educate job seekers on techniques in the modern manufacturing industry, with a target of helping more than 15,000 veterans.</p> <p>Manufacturing employment has been one of the highest growth sectors in the economy over the past two years, <a href="http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag31-33.htm" target="_blank">according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics</a> (BLS). To be sure, an estimated two million workers were laid off or left the sector at the outset of the recession, accounting for 20% of the estimated manufacturing jobs lost in the U.S. since 2000. But employers are on a gradual road back to revitalizing an industry that has an estimated 600,000 unfilled positions. These are high paying jobs, too, in some regions offering an average of $89,000 in annual wages.</p> <p>Veterans re-entering the workforce after enlistment are vital to that growth, say recruiters, but they must meet the changing demands of manufacturing employers. Educational opportunities, such as the Get Skills to Work Coalition, can help them bridge any perceived skills gap, especially technological.</p> <p>Many employers are less able to provide on-the-job training, so recruiters say they focus on finding new hires already knowledgeable about equipment advancements. Thus, training provided in skills courses like those the Coalition will fund is essential.</p> <p>Industrial machinery mechanic, for example, is a career option expected to grow quickly as American companies invest more in domestic manufacturing. <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-09/caterpillar-s-worker-hunt-means-welders-top-banking-pay" target="_blank">Welding also has high-growth potential</a>, with one estimate suggesting there could be as many as three million new job opportunities by 2015, the result of less investment in Chinese manufacturing and baby boomers going into retirement.</p> <p>An influx of manufacturing jobs is an attractive proposition not only for the military community, but for communities in general. Towns are making their pitches for these jobs to bolster their economies, such as the <a href="http://hamptonroads.com/2012/10/money-veteran-job-trainingwhy-not-here" target="_blank">Hampton Roads-Norfolk-Virginia Beach metropolitan area</a>. The nearby Norfolk Navy Base, hub of the U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet, gives the area a high concentration of enlisted persons and veterans from which to choose.</p> <p>Green technology is expected to account for other opportunities in manufacturing that were previously unavailable in the labor force. The <a href="http://www.green.va.gov/" target="_blank">Department of Veterans Affairs established a program</a> exclusively to meet growing clean technology demand called Green to Green, which is just one indication that renewable energy is a growing career field worth investigating.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Veterans%20Have%20Opportunities%20in%20Manufacturing%20Jobs&amp;1=http%3A//veteran.careercast.com/article/veterans-have-opportunities-manufacturing-jobs&amp;2=node/46919" token="tnTe0tdU38cIvaGu3mY6GVtMIyZXM1wykACJxY0DeAY"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:24:51 +0000 Anonymous 46919 at http://veteran.careercast.com Career Opportunities Through Naval ROTC http://veteran.careercast.com/article/career-opportunities-through-naval-rotc <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Career Opportunities Through Naval ROTC</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/veterans-053013-body.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Career Opportunities Through Naval ROTC" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>College students interested in the Navy can focus on their academic careers while eliminating much of the financial burden of paying for school. With more than 160 colleges and universities across the United States offering Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps programs, students have many opportunities to finish a degree without going into overwhelming debt and have a career as a Navy Officer ready and waiting upon graduation.</p> <p>Most NROTC units are only a part-time commitment during a student’s course of study. NROTC offers up to $180,000 for tuition, with additional educational and lab fees covered. Students who enroll also receive a stipend for text books and living expenses each month, which increases each year the student is in school.</p> <p>Students enrolled in NROTC also gain valuable leadership skills. Community service projects, Navy drills and Naval Science courses are just a few of the activities that help prepare students to become respected Navy Officers. Additionally, Summer Cruise Training gives NROTC students an opportunity to shadow Navy Officers and gain invaluable on-the-job experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/may/26/naval-rotc-offers-career-guarantee/" target="_blank">CONTINUE READING AT TIMES FREE PRESS</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Career%20Opportunities%20Through%20Naval%20ROTC&amp;1=http%3A//veteran.careercast.com/article/career-opportunities-through-naval-rotc&amp;2=node/46936" token="WmOavszbEDghPX49dfSCmMnkxqbv07PEFD1hsSWs4E0"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:24:51 +0000 Anonymous 46936 at http://veteran.careercast.com Interviewing Tips for Veterans http://veteran.careercast.com/article/interviewing-tips-veterans <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Interviewing Tips for Veterans </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/veteran-article-022814.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Interviewing Tips for Veterans " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>While finding a new job can be difficult for anyone, it can be especially hard on veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce.</p> <p>A new study from the Military Benefit Association revealed that half of the veterans recently separated from the U.S. military and are currently unemployed have not had a full- or part-time job since leaving the military. Among those, 40% have been out of work between four and 12 months.</p> <p>Roy Gibson, a retired U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant and president of the Military Benefit Association, said one critical aspect to landing new work for veterans is ensuring they are well-prepared for the job search process, including any interviews they may go on.</p> <p><strong>1. Identify Your Skills</strong></p> <p>When going on an interview, it is important that veterans can accurately describe their skills and what they can bring to the table. Gibson said research shows that more than 70% of hiring managers find it difficult to ascertain recent veterans' skill sets based on their resume alone.</p> <p>"There is an obvious disconnect there," Gibson told BusinessNewsDaily. "Eventually, they are going to have to sync up with the hiring managers that are reviewing their resumes and interviewing them."</p> <p><a href="http://mashable.com/2013/11/11/veterans-job-advice/" target="_blank">CONTINUE READING AT MASHABLE</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Interviewing%20Tips%20for%20Veterans%20&amp;1=http%3A//veteran.careercast.com/article/interviewing-tips-veterans&amp;2=node/46953" token="lu5GRm0fpphFOSsTvGP9DZwyojcGxMup-LazUfI2fNU"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:24:51 +0000 Anonymous 46953 at http://veteran.careercast.com Job Search Tools for Veterans http://veteran.careercast.com/article/job-search-tools-veterans <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Job Search Tools for Veterans </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/veterans-article-061015.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Job Search Tools for Veterans " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As you anticipate leaving military service and entering corporate (or Federal) America, you need a portfolio of job search tools to aide you through the process.</p> <p>Choose the tools that will best suit your job search path and your career history.</p> <p><strong>LinkedIn Profile</strong></p> <p>Social media is a requirement for most jobs. In particular, LinkedIn is a necessity for professional networking and public confirmation of the "facts" job seekers include on their resumes.</p> <p>A complete LinkedIn profile takes some time to create. Once your profile meets LinkedIn's requirements, you become much more visible to recruiters and prosptective employers. Participate in appropriate LinkedIn Groups for your target job and employers. Stay visible and active on LinkedIn.</p> <p><strong>Job Search Documents</strong></p> <p>Documents are usually the first step in the formal job application process. These are the documents typically needed at various points in the process.</p> <p><strong>Military Conversion Resume (presentation / hard copy version)</strong></p> <p>A resume is a short summary of your career history and may include a profile, areas of expertise, and a chronology of your work progression dotted with specific, noteworthy achievements and projects.</p> <p>Typically, your resume is the first encounter a potential employer has regarding your career history and background—it is a first impression and usually precedes YOU—so it needs to be high quality and rather compelling.</p> <p>And for military making the transition to corporate, it needs to be translated into corporate speak.</p> <p><strong>Curriculum Vita</strong></p> <p>A curriculum vita or CV is a longer version of a resume, usually used by medical professionals or those in academia. CVs can be quite lengthy and include education, degrees, publications, and speaking engagements.</p> <p><strong>Text-file Resume</strong></p> <p>In today’s world of technology, you need a presentation / hard copy version of your resume to send as a Word attachment, and for networking and interviewing; and a text version, void of formatting enhancements for use on online job boards and company websites.</p> <p><strong>Cover Letters</strong></p> <p>Covering letters introduce you to the potential employer or recruiter; and express your intent for the position for which you are applying. You may need a suite of covering letters: respond to an ad, send to a recruiter (this type of letter may also include your salary requirements), broadcast letter (sent to employers to generate interest, without a resume), and networking letter (sent to colleagues and friends telling them that you are seeking new employment).</p> <p><strong>Thank You Letter</strong></p> <p>Some statistics indicate that only 5% of job seekers send Thank You Letters after an interview. Thank you letters express your gratitude for an employer taking the time to interview you, provide you with a final opportunity to add a bullet or two of information you took away from the interview—how you can fix their problem, and reiterate your interest in the position for which you interviewed.</p> <p><strong>Reference List</strong></p> <p>Most every employer will want to speak to someone who can attest to your skills, abilities, character, integrity, and ethics. Employers are also looking to verify career progression, dates on a resume, education, and licenses or certificates. If your reference list is in order, containing the name, address, phone (and time zone), email, and association of 3-7 references, you can often speed the offer process, by leaving your list with the recruiter or employing manager before you complete an interview.</p> <p>Tip: Because you move often and change supervisors often, maintain a list of supervisor’s names and email addresses—so you do not lose contact with important potential references. Send these people a quick email annually to keep in touch and update contact information.</p> <p><strong>Federal Resumes</strong></p> <p>Many military members elect to apply for Federal employment (and use the Veteran Preference Points they earned while serving in the military). You need to determine which Federal Agency you will apply at, and then craft a Federally formatted resume (some are hard copy and some are text files for use on such Federal sites as <a href="http://www.usajobs.opm.gov">www.usajobs.opm.gov</a> or <a href="http://www.cpol.army.mil">www.cpol.army.mil</a>.</p> <p>Federal resumes are different from corporate resumes as they contain federally required information and special formatting; they include supervisor’s names and phone numbers, social security number, salary, and other specifics. Many are restricted by page length or character length.</p> <p><strong>Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSA) Statements</strong></p> <p>If you apply for a Federal job, your application package may require KSA essays—essay statements in response to specific questions. KSAs need to be formatted in the CCAR format (Context, Challenge, Actions, and Results) to gain the highest points during an application review. See an in-depth explanation in Job-Hunt's Federal Government Job Search section.</p> <p><strong>Job Search Scripts</strong></p> <p>If your documents and/or networking have been successful, you will need to be prepared to have discussions about yourself and your job search or career goals.</p> <p><strong>Tell Me About Yourself Response</strong></p> <p>Nearly every potential employer, recruiter, and even networking contact will ask you, "Tell me about yourself." It may come in other forms, i.e., can you tell me a little about your background?</p> <p>This response needs to be fully developed into a 60-second summary of your professional career history and include a compelling hook, so the listener asks, "Great. Tell me more." Your "Tell Me About Yourself" response needs to be translated from military to corporate speak.</p> <p>Write your script, translate it, and practice— so it sounds like it flows naturally, as opposed to rote recitation.</p> <p><strong>Interview Question Responses</strong></p> <p>Interviewing can be very intimidating for someone who has not interviewed in many years. You may want to start by creating a list of potential interview questions and writing responses. This exercise will help in preparation and aide in delivery of interview responses; but, keep in mind, you can practice dozens of interview questions and never be asked a single question that you prepared for in an interview. Every interview is different.</p> <p><strong>Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>You may not need all of the tools listed above, but it is always better to be prepared than caught off guard when seeking employment.</p> <p>It is nearly impossible to apply for a job without a resume—even if you are fortunate enough to secure an interview before a hiring manager sees your resume—the Human Resources Department will need a copy for your official file, along with your job application and offer package. As you prepare to transition to corporate, and build your portfolio of job search documents, you will realize how each tool is part of an entire tool kit that provides confidence and easy accessibility to job search resources at your fingertips in your personal portfolio.</p> <p><a href="http://www.job-hunt.org/veterans-job-search/job-search-tools-for-vets.shtml" target="_blank">via Job-Hunt.org</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Job%20Search%20Tools%20for%20Veterans%20&amp;1=http%3A//veteran.careercast.com/article/job-search-tools-veterans&amp;2=node/46970" token="YlL7dQZRMZmwzQBU_AsyqwBBhXlAXt6QZu9aFhuZFmw"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:24:51 +0000 Anonymous 46970 at http://veteran.careercast.com From The Military to Management http://veteran.careercast.com/article/military-management <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">From The Military to Management </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/construction-foreman-body.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="From The Military to Management " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Added emphasis on military outreach in the workforce translates to increased managerial opportunities for veterans. The skills veterans in military training translate to readymade leaders in work. Employers are capitalizing on this more frequently, offering more pathways from the military to management.</p> <p>Eric Schelling, Director of Talent Acquisition for Home Depot, said that the military’s emphasis on leadership proves useful on the job.</p> <p>“Leadership is the No. 1 quality [veterans] bring [to a job],” he said. “They’re able to rally [colleagues] to accomplish the mission.”</p> <p>Such a trait is critical for successful managerial positions, and employers take notice. One such company is JPMorgan Chase, which introduced the Branch Manager Training Program as part of its central Military Recruiting Team. The company cultivates the leadership qualities emphasized in any branch of the military to similarly lead at work.</p> <p>JPMorgan Chase is one of 82 businesses active in the <a href="https://www.chase.com/online/military/article/news-4500vets-oct2012.htm" target="_blank">100,000 Jobs Mission</a>, one of the nation’s many burgeoning programs designed to guide veterans navigating an oftentimes turbulent job market. The growing opportunities resulting from these and other initiatives present excellent potential career paths.</p> <p>Waste Management is another organization with a proactive military outreach program, with managerial advancement opportunities.</p> <p>Earlier in 2012, a <a href="http://blogs.payscale.com/salary_report_kris_cowan/2012/01/veterans-jobs.html" target="_blank">PayScale.com report</a> found that of the 15 best and most actively growing jobs for veterans, most paid over $60,000 a year. These positions include <a href="http://www.careercast.com/jobs/results/keyword/business-development-manager?radius=0&amp;sort=score+desc&amp;rows=15" target="_blank">business development manager</a>, <a href="http://www.careercast.com/jobs/results/keyword/it-program-manager?radius=0&amp;sort=score+desc&amp;rows=15" target="_blank">IT program manager</a>, and <a href="http://www.careercast.com/jobs/results/keyword/construction-program-manager" target="_blank">construction program manager</a>.</p> <p>All are projected to grow by at least 17% in the next year, per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates. The tech sector is leading the way in growth, though veterans will also have an integral place in the recovery of the construction market.</p> <p><a href="http://www.veteransbuildamerica.org/" target="_blank">Veterans Build America writes</a>, “Former service members are finding the transition into the construction industry to be not only appealing, but a good use of their military skill set.”</p> <p><a href="http://www.fedshirevets.gov/" target="_blank">Feds Hire Vets</a> provides an outlet for veteran job seekers to locate the right job, including managerial positions.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=From%20The%20Military%20to%20Management%20&amp;1=http%3A//veteran.careercast.com/article/military-management&amp;2=node/46920" token="vdh9WB3qih5c4vGhfHQKDrMBzyAPOYQxD2Q6fJZczwk"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:24:51 +0000 Anonymous 46920 at http://veteran.careercast.com Most Veteran-Friendly Cities http://veteran.careercast.com/article/most-veteran-friendly-cities <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Most Veteran-Friendly Cities </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/veterans-060513.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Most Veteran-Friendly Cities " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A survey of 381 U.S. metropolitan areas finds that San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Houston and Omaha are the top four regions for veterans seeking gainful employment.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The study was based on three earlier studies by the <a href="http://militaryfriendly.com" target="_blank">MilitaryFriendly</a> and G.I. Jobs magazine that measured the most military friendly businesses and schools and the number of veteran-owned businesses. It also considered the cost of living and the unemployment rate.</p> <p>Researchers assigned a weight of 25 percent each for the number of open jobs at military friendly businesses and the number of military friendly schools, 20 percent for the cost of living, and 15 percent each for the unemployment rate and the number of veteran-owned businesses, said Ben Langdon, a spokesman for Victory Media, which publishes G.I. Jobs. The relative weights were based on input from service members who are leaving the military for civilian jobs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.omaha.com/article/20130605/MONEY/706059832/1697#omaha-ranks-among-the-top-military-friendly-cities-in-the-u-s" target="_blank">CONTINUE READING AT OMAHA.COM</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Most%20Veteran-Friendly%20Cities%20&amp;1=http%3A//veteran.careercast.com/article/most-veteran-friendly-cities&amp;2=node/46937" token="0TkuoeTHrwZcbfteqfTVZNVCM_ayA7nGw8_qEJErdcE"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:24:51 +0000 Anonymous 46937 at http://veteran.careercast.com Employment For Post-9/11 Veterans Lags In 2013 http://veteran.careercast.com/article/employment-post-911-veterans-lags-2013 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Employment For Post-9/11 Veterans Lags In 2013 </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/veterans-article-032514.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Employment For Post-9/11 Veterans Lags In 2013 " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on veterans’ employment shows that the job market is still challenging for post-Sept. 11, 2001 servicemen and women.</p> <p>Though unemployment for all veterans is 6.6%—in line with the national average of 6.7%—the BLS finds that 9% of veterans who served in the Gulf War-era remain unemployed. This comes despite public and private sector efforts to improve their hiring outlook. According to the BLS, that translates to roughly 200,000 unemployed veterans total.</p> <p>Unemployment for this era of veterans lags behind the national average. However, the national average has improved to 6.7% from 7.9% at the conclusion of 2012, whereas the unemployment rate of post-9/11 veterans was 9.9% through 2012.</p> <p>Efforts to improve the hiring landscape include the Returning Heroes Tax Credit, part of the Veterans Opportunity to Work to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit pays “40% of the first $6,000 of wages” to any employer that hires a veteran who has “been unemployed at least four weeks.”</p> <p>An important key, says <a href="http://hireahero.org." target="_blank">HireAHero.org</a> executive director Rob Barr, is getting <a href="http://veteran.careercast.com/article/best-jobs-veterans-2014" target="_blank">veterans the proper training</a> for available jobs.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Employment%20For%20Post-9/11%20Veterans%20Lags%20In%202013%20&amp;1=http%3A//veteran.careercast.com/article/employment-post-911-veterans-lags-2013&amp;2=node/46954" token="5DP28b11w8S9-RboJ20cYmUBFsS_XcK_DP25HBYKLJU"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:24:51 +0000 Anonymous 46954 at http://veteran.careercast.com Networking Solutions For The Veteran's Job Search http://veteran.careercast.com/article/networking-solutions-veterans-job-search <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Networking Solutions For The Veteran&#039;s Job Search </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/veteran-article-070715.gif" width="216" height="180" alt="Networking Solutions For The Veteran&#039;s Job Search " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>You probably have heard that you have to network as a part of returning to the civilian work world.</p> <p>And many military members are very successful at doing so within the military - yet cannot see quite how to do it for transition.</p> <p>You can't get through TAP or open a business publication without seeing something about networking. Why?</p> <p>Studies show regular networkers are more successful in business and in life.</p> <p><strong>3 Tips for Successful Transition Networking</strong></p> <p>It's not rocket science or millions of people wouldn't be doing it so successfully. And you know how to do it, too, if you take the time.</p> <p><strong>Tip 1. Define your Plan</strong></p> <p>Start with a plan. As usual! What do you need to do now and what will you do once you are in your desired civilian location? What do you want to get from your networking efforts in terms of your job search and future success?</p> <p>When you look at building your network, it is often smart to start with military friends and peers. You can probably still find many, if you have lost touch. Some will be valuable references, others may be able to tell you what they did best and worst in their job search. If you are returning to your original hometown, re-connecting now with people you know from school or work is smart.</p> <p>While you are on active duty, you can begin to build your civilian network through LinkedIn and its interest groups, Twitter, alumni organizations, and professional associations too. This will help you learn more about civilian opportunities and find people to help you to the right job/career.</p> <p>Here is a "cheat sheet" of categories – build your networking ideas list from it:</p> <ul> <li>Professional groups' meetings - such as: national/local groups in your chosen field, chambers of commerce, job clubs, veteran or alumni groups.</li> <li>Individual meetings - specific people in your field and outside it.</li> <li>Developmental events - seminars, conferences, courses in your field.</li> <li>Reconnect - with people you value but have not connected with lately.</li> <li>Online aids - LinkedIn, Twitter, MeetUp, etc.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Tip 2. Define your goals</strong></p> <p>Don't just go to events, send email or have coffee with friends and call it networking.</p> <p>Define what you need, what you offer, and what you will do in fairly specific terms. Numbers alone are not worth much. You want quality connections for mutual benefit.</p> <p>Consider:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>What do you want to learn from each contact?</li> <li>What will you share about yourself?</li> <li>What help do you want - such as: company info, references, referrals?</li> <li>Who do you know you might introduce to others?</li> <li>Who will you ask for introductions and to whom?</li> <li>LinkedIn has a number of groups designed to help transitioning military - and many people on them who really want to help.</li> </ul> <p>However, keep your online comments positive. Ask for the help you want, but do not whine about the difficulties of your search. No prospective employer is going to be impressed if they see a litany of negative comments.</p> <p><strong>Tip 3. Make it Easy</strong></p> <p>Never go to an event without a plan, just like every other "battle" you ever participated in.</p> <p>It could be to meet specific people or to learn something specific in talking with many people there. Remember to talk with others there about the market, your job interests, and other things you want to know. And remember to learn about them, and offer any assistance you can!</p> <p>Have a goal when you meet with an individual or small group too. What do you want out of the meeting? What are you offering in return?</p> <p><strong>Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>Keep going! Networking builds on itself. If you build good connections and are helpful in return, you will find it easy to maintain your network consistently over time. Pick a process, make a plan, and execute it for your transition success - and beyond!</p> <p><a href="http://www.job-hunt.org/veterans-job-search/military-transition-networking.shtml" target="_blank">via Job-Hunt.org</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Networking%20Solutions%20For%20The%20Veteran%27s%20Job%20Search%20&amp;1=http%3A//veteran.careercast.com/article/networking-solutions-veterans-job-search&amp;2=node/46971" token="LH7TvVmsOW-Gjl3qgYgQU2Got5mxlX_LuejQwe6LQ5Y"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:24:51 +0000 Anonymous 46971 at http://veteran.careercast.com Career Fairs and Outreach Programs Help Veterans in the Job Market http://veteran.careercast.com/article/career-fairs-and-outreach-programs-help-veterans-job-market <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Career Fairs and Outreach Programs Help Veterans in the Job Market</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/service-body-image.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Career Fairs and Outreach Programs Help Veterans in the Job Market" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Servicemen and women dedicate years to our country, but as a result are removed from the workforce. To bridge that gap, career fairs and specialized training programs catered to military veterans provide opportunities for employment.</p> <p>Companies throughout the nation have tailored their pursuits of new employees to reach out to the military community.</p> <p>Home Depot has staffed over 35,000 from all branches of the United States military, and in October, increased the scope of its veteran employment with the introduction of its Mission: Transition program.</p> <p>Home Depot Director of Talent Acquisition Eric Schelling says Mission: Transition shows veterans “how to transition military skills to a civilian resume.”</p> <p>The program provides advice on finding skill-applicable jobs, resumes and interviewing. Home Depot has also developed an offshoot to its associate coach program tailored specifically to military personnel and veterans, Schelling explains.</p> <p>The company began actively pursuing veterans and military personnel in 2002, and Schelling says the returns have been tremendous.</p> <p>“The commitment they bring…as solutions providers,” is a chief asset that veterans bring to Home Depot, according to Schelling. “We’re a solutions sales environment, and military personnel provide great solutions customer service.”</p> <p>To further expand its partnership with the military community, Home Depot has representatives who have worked with the Department of Defense and National Guard to understand not only what qualifications military personnel develops while in service, but the challenges acclimating to the labor market once they return to civilian life.</p> <p>The company is represented at “literally hundreds” of veteran-focused career fairs, and is beginning to host events on military bases. Home Depot also has a Skills Translator tool on its military-targeted website, <a href="http://www.homedepotmilitary.com/" target="_blank">homedepotmilitary.com</a>. The Skills Translator is designed to give servicemen and women applicable job skills to list on their resume when they have been out of the job market.</p> <p>Schelling says the company’s goal is to assist military job seekers find the right jobs with any company, not just Home Depot. Thanks to similar programs in other companies, there is a nearly 3% improvement in <a href="http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/7989/overall-veteran-unemployment-rate-continues-to-fall-post-911-veteran-unemployment-long-term-trend-still-downward/" target="_blank">veteran unemployment since June 2011</a>.</p> <p>JPMorgan Chase added over 4,500 veterans to its payroll since late 2011, a figure the company attributes to a centralized Military Recruiting Team.</p> <p>In addition to private corporations, federal and state organizations are taking an active approach to help military personnel along the career path.</p> <p>The Department of Labor (DOL) is an excellent resource for finding different job placement and training programs. The <a href="http://www.dol.gov/vets/" target="_blank">DOL Veterans’ Employment and Training Services</a> (VETS) website updates with information on training seminars around the country.</p> <p>State governments are also taking proactive approaches in aiding veterans in the workforce. For example, Tennessee hosted the <a 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target="_blank">Paychecks for Patriots program</a> in 13 cities across the state during October.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Career%20Fairs%20and%20Outreach%20Programs%20Help%20Veterans%20in%20the%20Job%20Market&amp;1=http%3A//veteran.careercast.com/article/career-fairs-and-outreach-programs-help-veterans-job-market&amp;2=node/46921" token="wHYCYX54uD7Vgf3QwtolPXwbhA1QE_HDKUt2ugrgYPo"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:24:51 +0000 Anonymous 46921 at http://veteran.careercast.com