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Most Veteran-Friendly Cities
By: CareerCast.com
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. The study was based on three earlier studies by the MilitaryFriendly 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. 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 ... more
Employment For Post-9/11 Veterans Lags In 2013
By: CareerCast.com
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. 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. Unemployment for this era of veterans lags behind the national average. However, the national average has improved to ... more
Networking Solutions For The Veteran's Job Search
By: CareerCast.com
You probably have heard that you have to network as a part of returning to the civilian work world. And many military members are very successful at doing so within the military - yet cannot see quite how to do it for transition. You can't get through TAP or open a business publication without seeing something about networking. Why? Studies show regular networkers are more successful in business and in life. 3 Tips for Successful Transition Networking 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 ... more
Career Fairs and Outreach Programs Help Veterans in the Job Market
By: CareerCast.com
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. Companies throughout the nation have tailored their pursuits of new employees to reach out to the military community. 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. Home Depot Director of Talent Acquisition Eric Schelling says Mission: Transition shows veterans “how to ... more
Working For More Jobs For Veterans
By: CareerCast.com
There’s been some good, but quiet, news lately for America’s veterans: The job picture for vets is improving. In March, the U.S. Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate for younger veterans — those who have served since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — fell from 12.1 percent in 2011 to 9.9 percent in 2012. Last week, the department reported that the May rate for unemployment among those veterans was down to 7.3 percent, compared with 12.7 percent during May 2012. And the jobless rate for veterans of all generations was lower still, at 6.6 percent. Part of that ... more
Tips for Veterans at Job Fairs
By: CareerCast.com
Why would employers want to hire a veteran? The answer is simple: Veterans embody the best qualities universally sought by employers, providing discipline, teamwork and adaptability. Being a veteran is a valuable qualification, but it’s only part of the equation. A successful job search requires preparation. For anyone who wants to take advantage of the valuable opportunity of a career fair, here are a few tips for navigating any type of a career fair: Be presentable: Put on your Sunday best. Avoid the Saturday night look. Get cleaned up, shave, fix your hair, avoid heavy fragrance and dress to impress. ... more
Employment Efforts For Post-9/11 Veterans Paying Dividends
By: CareerCast.com
The combined efforts of private employers and public organizations to improve job prospects for veterans are paying dividends. That's the forecast evident from 2015 employment figures, culled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the first hiring numbers published in 2016. In particular, employment prospects for post-9/11 veterans has improved dramatically in the last five years. As of January 2016, their unemployment rate is 5.7%, down from more than 15% in January 2011. "[T]he positive trends for post-9/11 veterans have continued for such a long period of time — and to such a dramatic extent — that the employment gains ... more
Veterans growing as entrepreneurs
By: CareerCast.com
Veterans returning home face many challenges that weren’t present when they were serving in the armed forces. Between adapting to civilian life, reacquainting with family and friends, and finding employment, the adjustment can be a diffi cult process. Unemployment numbers for veterans are dropping, but returning solders often struggle to compete for jobs due to lack of education, lack of experience or in some cases, the stigma of returning from overseas with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is why programs like Sprigster’s Boost a Hero crowdfunding for military veterans and spouses are developed to help alleviate some of these career ... more
Veterans Can Get Training For Green Jobs
By: CareerCast.com
While veterans as a whole have a lower unemployment rate than the rest of the nation, the 2.6 million troops who served in the years following 9/11 are having a much tougher time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS), veterans 34 and under face a higher unemployment rate than civilians. The youngest (18-24 years of age) are unemployed at a rate of 20%, almost five percentage points higher than non-veterans of the same age group. When veterans come home they often expect to continue their jobs in the military, only to find they need additional training to meet national ... more
Survey Illustrates Attitudes Toward Veteran Hiring
By: CareerCast.com
A majority of poll respondents believe employment for military veterans is lagging due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The study, conducted by Monmouth University and the Asbury Park Press , surveyed 803 people in New Jersey--the state with the highest unemployment rate for veterans at 10.8 percent. The national average is 6.6 percent. Seventy-seven percent of respondents said the country was not doing enough to provide job opportunities for veterans. CONTINUE READING AT NJ.COMmore