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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
Troop Talent Act Designed To Improve Veteran Employment Communication
By: CareerCast.com
The first bill Tim Kaine will introduce as a U.S. senator will seek to smooth the way for military personnel to land civilian jobs. After speaking with military members, Kaine said Wednesday, he realized that too many employers were "not understanding what it is that veterans bring to the table in terms of technical skills, especially enlisted members." For instance, an aviation mechanic who left the Navy would be told "he had to take the courses all over again" to get a similar civilian position, Kaine said. Kaine's Troop Talent Act seeks to improve communications among employers, the military and ... more
Government Program Aiding Veterans In The Job Training Process
By: CareerCast.com
Veterans have turned to the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program to get a job-seeking rut. After its inception in June 2012, the Veterans Affairs benefit has provided eligible veterans with 12 months of full-time training aid.To enroll, veterans must be 35 to 60 years old, unemployed, not currently employed in a federal or state job training program and honorably discharged. For a full list of eligibility requirements, go to benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm . The program is under review for extension through the end of 2014. More than 140,000 veterans applied for VRAP and more than half of those were quickly enrolled in training ... more
Two Elements To Boost Veterans Recruitment
By: CareerCast.com
The single-most impactful thing you can do to boost your military hiring efforts in 2015 is not a new technology or tool, not a pay-per-click service, or specialized candidate database. This strategy is budget friendly and team-focused. The answer: search for and identify one person in your organization that is off-the-charts passionate about military and veteran-related issues. Then inspire, influence and persuade them to be your new project lead. A heartfelt initiative like military and veteran hiring must blend some key components, including inspiring others into action, sharing best practices, and working as a team across departments. Whether you have ... more
Statistics Show Improving Job Outlook For Veterans
By: CareerCast.com
The job outlook for veterans has brightened, according to new federal data. The national unemployment rate for veterans fell to 7 percent last year from 8.3 percent in 2011. Analysts credit the improving economy and a campaign from the public and private sectors to hire people leaving the military. The jobless rate for veterans is nearly 1 percentage point below the overall U.S. average. But female veterans and those under 35 still face higher unemployment rates than their civilian counterparts. And some former members of the military not in those demographic categories also are encountering trouble finding work. Robert Beck ... more
What Not To Say To A Veteran In The Workplace
By: CareerCast.com
Far too often, people assume a level of familiarity with former military that not only breeches proper office conduct but also invades one’s “personal space,” says Kules, who today is Alumni Director for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to helping severely injured veterans transition back into civilian life. What are eight things you should never say to a veteran? 1. “Thank you for your service, but I don’t think we should have been there in the first place.” Everyone has an opinion about the war but not everyone wants to hear it, says Kules, who explains that people ... more
Eight Common Job-Hunt Errors
By: CareerCast.com
Every day I see bright, competent, experienced professionals who sabotage their job search. Use Your Military Training Plan your job search. Military life is full of planning and executing to plans. You know how, so apply that experience to your job search. Your resume, cover letters, and all correspondence need to be well-written, error-free, and in standard formats. Develop a good method of tracking the people and information you gain in your search so that you can use these resources effectively. Common Errors 1. Multiple objectives, one resume. Use one resume and list multiple job goals - and you will ... more