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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
100,000 Jobs Mission Helps Improve Veterans Employment
By: CareerCast.com
As America honors its military veterans today, there is encouraging news on the jobs front: The unemployment rate for the nation’s veterans has declined sharply in the year since the last Veterans Day. Thanks to a nationwide focus on hiring veterans, and especially younger veterans who served in the post 9/11 military, unemployment for all veterans went from 6.9 percent in October 2013 to 4.5 percent last month. The national unemployment rate dropped 1.4 percentage points to 5.4 percent. (All percentages are non-seasonally adjusted.) Contributing to the sharp decline was a project launched three years ago by JPMorgan Chase and ... more
The Best Jobs for Veterans in 2013
By: CareerCast.com
New efforts to help America’s population of active duty servicemen and women, reservists and veterans are effective and have opened up rewarding career paths in a range of fields, including information technology, manufacturing and transportation. Both U.S. government programs and private industry are heeding the call to assist those job seekers who made the ultimate commitment to country. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden head the Joining Forces jobs initiative, which has brought together 2,000 domestic companies with the pledge of hiring 100,000 veterans, as well as the spouses of active duty military members, by the end of ... more
Increasing Access To Municipal Jobs For Veterans
By: CareerCast.com
A New Jersey township voted to give veterans further preference when applying for municipal jobs, and one proposition of the legislation could see even more opportunities for those with past military experience. Part of West Depford's vote included discussion of extending hiring preferences to experienced reservists. A separate vote on this will occur later, but the result could help set precedent in other locations as the nation continues to work toward improving employment prospects for veterans. READ MORE AT NJ.COMmore
Overcoming PTSD For Career Success
By: CareerCast.com
A few weeks ago, President Obama mentioned in his State of the Union speech that, through the course of this year, 34,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan will be brought back home as part of an overall strategy to remove all combat troops from the region by the end of 2014. While this is undeniably good news for the families who have waited to see their loved ones who've put their lives on the line, the relatively rapid drawdown over the next two years will put extra pressure on a system that is already struggling to place veterans into new careers ... more
Hiring Incentive Training Grant Offers Employers Grants For Hiring Veterans
By: CareerCast.com
The state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced it has more than doubled cash grants available to employers hiring Massachusetts residents who have been unemployed for 6 months or more, or Massachusetts veterans, regardless of length of unemployment. Eligible employers may now apply for grants of $5,000 for each new hire who meets the Hiring Incentive Training Grant program requirements. Employers may receive up to $75,000 each calendar year, according to a news release. Increased grant funding is available through the state’s Hiring Incentive Training Grant, a program of the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund. Any for-profit company or ... more
Military Experience On The Job Market
By: CareerCast.com
"If a man does his best, what else is there?" --General George C. Patton Military Culture As veterans, you lived and worked within a subculture of mainstream America. You lived and worked on bases and installations: ships, submarines, and tents. You ate MREs. Many of you moved a lot (some move every year for 20 years). You deployed to various worldwide locations to protect our freedoms (leaving behind spouses and children). You shopped in PX/BXs and commissaries, and you frequently saw those you knew at the same medical clinics, schools, places of worship, and restaurants, on bases. The world becomes ... more