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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
Efforts To Extend Preferred Employment Status To Reservists and National Guard
By: CareerCast.com
Members of the National Guard and Reserves could soon be eligible for preferential hiring credits for federal civilian jobs, a status that up to now has mostly been enjoyed only by active duty personnel. A bipartisan trio of Senators introduced the Military Reserve Jobs Act earlier this month. The bill is designed to give qualified reserve component members preference in hiring for civil servant jobs, even if they've never been deployed. "Members of our Reserve Components serve honorably, whether or not they are called for deployment," Sen. Joe Donnelly said. "Yet currently, some members of the Reserve Components cannot qualify ... more
Practices For Finding Hiring Fits With Veterans
By: CareerCast.com
Hiring veterans is challenging because of differences in jargon and, in some cases, the seeming lack of transferable skills. Are companies hiring for the wrong reasons and overlooking the right ones? Are they using the best process? Since 1991, more than 30,000 officers and enlisted personnel have found jobs through Orion ICS LLC in Austin, Texas, according to President and former Marine Mike Starich. Positions range from sales, engineering and supervision to technician or other operations-related roles. The business’ gross revenues exceeded $30 million last year. “In my experience,” Starich comments, "companies have struggled to figure out how veterans fit ... more
Younger Vets Struggle in Improving Job Market
By: CareerCast.com
Although veterans as a whole have a lower unemployment rate than the nation at large, younger veterans who served in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks are having a much harder time finding work. The unemployment rate for veterans between 18 and 24 exceeded 20 percent last year. It was also in double digits for those 25-34. The unemployment rate for both age groups was higher than for their nonveteran peers and much higher than the national average. The job problems for younger vets have continued despite a wide range of private and public efforts. Congress approved tax credits ... more
Improved Requirements For Veteran Job Seekers In A California Bill
By: CareerCast.com
California Assembly Bill 372 improves opportunities for military veterans seeking jobs with the state by eliminating a Vietnam-era policy that prevented them from earning preference for civil service positions requiring a bachelor's degree and two years of experience. It also ensures that every veteran who earns a qualifying score on an open, nonpromotional state civil service exam gets placed on the hiring list. The bill passed both houses of the state Legislature with bipartisan support and no organized opposition. "In general, it's good policy. As our world has changed, our laws should change too," assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman said. "During ... more