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How to Start Your Own Business
By: CareerCast.com
Have you ever thought of starting and running a business? Vets do so at much higher rates than civilians. And veterans start businesses that become successful at a very high rate, too. Do you know vets are twice as likely to be successful entrepreneurs as civilians? Whether your interest is in being a successful solopreneur or building any size company, your military background with its focus on achieving goals, disciplined actions, and persistence is a terrific basis for a successful business career. You do not need a college education or a big bank account to start your own business, but ... more
Rail Jobs Are Promising For Veterans
By: CareerCast.com
“For a veteran — a person who thrives off excitement, a mission and a chain of command — you tend to seek out companies like that,” said Mark Major, a veteran of combat in Iraq who has worked for Union Pacific for about two years. As thousands of American soldiers return to the civilian workforce after service in Iraq or Afghanistan, many are finding jobs on the nation's rail lines. More than 25 percent of all U.S. railroad workers have served in the military. Veterans have a long history of railroad work. Civil War veterans, for example, helped complete the ... more
Giving New Meaning To Leading By Example
By: CareerCast.com
By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager The fact that Linda Singh has risen to a position of both prominence and leadership in any single career would qualify her as leader worthy of special notice. Add to that the fact she is both a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army National Guard and a managing director at Accenture Federal Services, two separate careers paths either of which would be challenging enough to take up anyone’s full focus, and her story becomes all the more extraordinary. However, there’s even more to the story that qualifies with the best Horatio Alger classics. Singh ... more
CareerCast and HireAHero.org Honor The Workplace Warrior
By: CareerCast.com
As America reflects upon and remembers those who died serving in all branches of the Armed Forces, we ask you continue to recognize those that have served and are still with us today. All veterans, past and present, have sacrificed tremendously to keep this nation free and they deserve our honor and respect. In honor of remembering all the men and women who have served their country and re-enter the workforce, we ask you join us to recognize these workplace warriors for their service, then and now. These individuals who have served to defend our country and comeback to enter ... more
Veterans Should Be Aware Of Job Counseling Scammers
By: CareerCast.com
The average wait time for men and women leaving the military to begin receiving their benefits is about nine months. Many of these new veterans have trouble finding good-paying civilian jobs. Some of them, struggling with the physical and mental injuries of combat, are barely getting by, if that. It can be very tempting if someone claiming to be an advisor tells the veteran he or she can access the benefits they have earned faster -- if they just pay a fee. But those "advisors" are running scams, said Tony DiFrancesco, the Director of Dauphin County's Office of Veterans Affairs. ... more
Business Education For Veterans
By: CareerCast.com
The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University is one host for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, a summer program to provide disabled veterans with the skills needed to start their own businesses. Grants from companies like Accenture help Krannert expand its enrollment by covering the costs for lodging, books and materials, meals, and travel for up to eight bootcamp participants. In addition, Accenture volunteers provide training and education programming to help enhance negotiation and communications skills as well as provide ongoing mentoring and webinars following the bootcamp. EBVD is also hosted at Syracuse University , UCLA , ... more
Do the Hard Work to Get The Right Job
By: CareerCast.com
Decades of HR work and I still am regularly amazed at those people who: • Think that their security clearance or some bundle of skills or being a vet or an academy graduate alone will get them a job. • Believe that just putting out their resume on job boards will result in a good job. • Have never thought of their next job as an investment which requires at least as much thought and research as buying a new house. What does this mean for your job search? To start your job search effectively and work smart during it, ... more
Veterans Have Opportunities in Manufacturing Jobs
By: CareerCast.com
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. Alcoa, Boeing, General Electric and Lockheed Martin are all buying into the " Get Skills to Work Coalition ,” an organization designed to educate job seekers on techniques in the modern manufacturing industry, with a target of helping more than 15,000 veterans. Manufacturing employment has been one of the highest growth sectors in the economy over the past two years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). To be sure, ... more
Career Opportunities Through Naval ROTC
By: CareerCast.com
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. 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 ... more
Interviewing Tips for Veterans
By: CareerCast.com
While finding a new job can be difficult for anyone, it can be especially hard on veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. 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. 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 ... more