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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
Challenges Transitioning To The Workforce
By: CareerCast.com
Job training, placement services, employment opportunities, workshops, and much more are available through state and federal programs to meet the needs of veterans and to recognize the sacrifices made by those serving in the armed forces. The U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) office develops various policies and programs to stimulate intergovernmental, private-sector, and non-governmental collaboration to assist veterans with employment opportunities and benefits. For more information, visit http://dol.gov/vets . Through the VETS program, the Department of Workforce Solutions utilizes Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVER) staff, located in many Workforce ... more
Finding Fulfillment and Opportunities through Armed Forces Healthcare
By: CareerCast.com
I’ve worn many different hats in the medical field. I’ve been an emergency medicine physician and served in the Navy, and I am currently the medical director of a fire and rescue service. But if you asked me to pick the most intense and fulfilling role, I would easily choose my time spent with the Army Reserve Medical Corps. Although I’ve lent my expertise to a variety of efforts, my goals are always the same: Give back to the community, and help those in need. With the ARMC, I achieved these goals simultaneously. Working with the ARMC A few years ... more
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