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Career Fairs Counter Unemployment
By: CareerCast.com
Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. At least 540 job fairs have been held since then across the country as well as in Puerto Rico. Nationwide, more than 18,400 veterans and military spouses have obtained work through the job fairs, said Kerion Dawkins, regional associate for the Hiring Our Heroes program. One specific industry that is mining career fairs extensively is rail. Estimates place the current amount of vetearns working in the railroad sector at 25 ... more
Seeking Fairness For Veteran Hiring Preferences
By: CareerCast.com
It's a hotly debated issue in federal workplaces: Are veterans' preferences in hiring being fairly implemented? A new report this week by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board said that the system of hiring preferences for veterans, first implemented in 1883, is complicated -- contributing to sentiments from some federal employees that veterans are getting too much preference, and from others that some veterans aren't being given the consideration for jobs and promotions they deserve based on their military sacrifice. CONTINUE READING AT NOLA.COMmore
Not Just More Jobs, But Better-Paying Jobs for Veterans
By: CareerCast.com
Speaking at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, President Obama advocated for higher-paying job prospects for military veterans. "We have to make sure our veterans get everything that they have earned, from good healthcare to a good job." Job prospects for military veterans have improved in recent years. The unemployment rate among all veterans in 2015 was 4.6%, lower than the national average of 5.2%, and the unemployment rate of Gulf War Era II veterans plummeted from 7.2% to 5.8%. As the number of jobs increase, the next step in an improved labor ... more
VA Trademarks GI Bill to Prevent Deception
By: CareerCast.com
For about two years, VA's online communications team has been closely tracking the advertising and recruitment efforts of for-profit schools looking to bring in GI Bill tuition dollars. In some cases, these schools have ensnared Veterans looking for info by using official-looking websites, which funneled potential recruits to those schools without any balanced, objective information. We aimed to get the word out in order to help Veterans make the best decision possible.This all came to a head earlier this year, when a group of state attorneys general led an effort to sue the company that owned GIBill.com, a particularly deceptive ... more
Proposed Initiatives For Veterans Include Service Time As College Credit
By: CareerCast.com
New initiatives designed to help returning military veterans land employment have many influential advocates. One is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is pushing for a few to bring down the high veteran unemployment rate. The first would assist veterans interested in becoming emergency medical technicians. It would apply to veterans who have military training and experience in that field and seek to become certified in New Jersey. Another proposal would extend the validity of occupational licenses veterans hold while they are away serving their country. New Jersey law already keeps such licenses in place when members of the military ... more
Veterans Programs Promote Opportunities In Energy
By: CareerCast.com
Southern Company recognized the first graduates of the transmission line and substation construction apprentice training program the company helped establish at Fort Stewart near Savannah, Ga. This program is one example of outreach by the energy industry to veterans of the military. Careers related to energy are among the best jobs for veterans . As a longtime supporter of the military, Southern Company is proud to enhance our recruitment efforts through this innovative partnership with the U.S. Army," said Southern Company Chief Operating Officer Kimberly S. Greene. "By bringing this specialized training to Fort Stewart, we are helping veterans successfully ... more
Veterans Happy for Experience
By: CareerCast.com
If you could start over again, would you make the same decision? According to a recent survey, 78 percent of active duty military personnel say a resounding “yes.” When you think of the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform have made, especially in recent years, this overwhelming positive response may seem odd. But when you consider the dedication to duty and our nation that they exhibit, it’s not all that surprising. Yet, as war efforts draw down and the military reduces the size of its forces, thousands of active duty personnel will be returning to civilian life. The ... more
Veterans Staying Hopeful In The Job Market
By: CareerCast.com
Over the past couple of years, the unemployment rate among veterans has garnered attention and outrage across the country, particularly that among Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans. The situation for veterans may have begun to improve, but the issue of veterans finding jobs in the civilian sector remains somewhat complex. Many continue to face unique hurdles, but even the numbers are not always indicative of the real situation. Lt. Col. Laura McHugh, deployment cycle support chief for the Pennsylvania National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap, recently surveyed 7,000 of the 19,000 total service members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and ... more
Veterans Can Turn Service Into Education
By: CareerCast.com
Be sure to take advantage of your hard-earned educational benefits, such as the GI Bill. Advanced education and training will make you more competitive in the job market, and can also payoff down the road in earnings. A report by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that those with bachelor’s degrees can expect to earn 1.8 times more than those with just a high school diploma. But how you pursue your education is equally as important as simply going out and doing it. Here are a few tips for best maximizing your education potential. CONTINUE READING AT MILITARY1.COMmore
Veterans Job Project Moving Ahead of Schedule
By: CareerCast.com
The 100,000 Jobs Mission was founded two years ago with a goal of hiring 100,000 military veterans to jobs by 2020. The coalition of businesses is well on its way to meeting that mark – and doing so well ahead of schedule. In fact, the collaborative group of 94 companies announced that through 2012, it was responsible for the hiring of 51,835 veterans. Job placement for veterans is a hot button issue in the current employment landscape. Despite decreases in unemployment since the peak of the recession in 2009, more than 10% of the population that wants to work remains ... more