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Tips for Veterans at Job Fairs
By: CareerCast.com
Why would employers want to hire a veteran? The answer is simple: Veterans embody the best qualities universally sought by employers, providing discipline, teamwork and adaptability. Being a veteran is a valuable qualification, but it’s only part of the equation. A successful job search requires preparation. For anyone who wants to take advantage of the valuable opportunity of a career fair, here are a few tips for navigating any type of a career fair: Be presentable: Put on your Sunday best. Avoid the Saturday night look. Get cleaned up, shave, fix your hair, avoid heavy fragrance and dress to impress. ... more
Employment Efforts For Post-9/11 Veterans Paying Dividends
By: CareerCast.com
The combined efforts of private employers and public organizations to improve job prospects for veterans are paying dividends. That's the forecast evident from 2015 employment figures, culled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the first hiring numbers published in 2016. In particular, employment prospects for post-9/11 veterans has improved dramatically in the last five years. As of January 2016, their unemployment rate is 5.7%, down from more than 15% in January 2011. "[T]he positive trends for post-9/11 veterans have continued for such a long period of time — and to such a dramatic extent — that the employment gains ... more
Veterans growing as entrepreneurs
By: CareerCast.com
Veterans returning home face many challenges that weren’t present when they were serving in the armed forces. Between adapting to civilian life, reacquainting with family and friends, and finding employment, the adjustment can be a diffi cult process. Unemployment numbers for veterans are dropping, but returning solders often struggle to compete for jobs due to lack of education, lack of experience or in some cases, the stigma of returning from overseas with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is why programs like Sprigster’s Boost a Hero crowdfunding for military veterans and spouses are developed to help alleviate some of these career ... more
Veterans Can Get Training For Green Jobs
By: CareerCast.com
While veterans as a whole have a lower unemployment rate than the rest of the nation, the 2.6 million troops who served in the years following 9/11 are having a much tougher time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS), veterans 34 and under face a higher unemployment rate than civilians. The youngest (18-24 years of age) are unemployed at a rate of 20%, almost five percentage points higher than non-veterans of the same age group. When veterans come home they often expect to continue their jobs in the military, only to find they need additional training to meet national ... more
Survey Illustrates Attitudes Toward Veteran Hiring
By: CareerCast.com
A majority of poll respondents believe employment for military veterans is lagging due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The study, conducted by Monmouth University and the Asbury Park Press , surveyed 803 people in New Jersey--the state with the highest unemployment rate for veterans at 10.8 percent. The national average is 6.6 percent. Seventy-seven percent of respondents said the country was not doing enough to provide job opportunities for veterans. CONTINUE READING AT NJ.COMmore
Networks Connecting Veterans and Employers
By: CareerCast.com
Connecting job-seeking veterans with employers is obviously the first step in improving employment prospects for our servicemen and servicewomen. Simple enough, right? Not necessarily. The first step can be the most difficult, which is why accessible networks play an invaluable role in the process. The Labor Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service consolidates resources, such as job listings and locations for the American Job Centers, at its home site, Veterans.gov . Veterans.gov is one resource working to improve connectivity between veterans and employers. Another is the CareerCast.com Veterans Network. CareerCast's partners target listings for veterans here . These are just ... more
Social Media Connects Veterans to Jobs
By: CareerCast.com
Social media has become the important lifeline for military families. From keeping connected with deployed service members via Skype to building a support network through Facebook, modern technology has made communication easier for service members and their families. Now, several sites designed for active duty military members, veterans and their families are being used to help with things such as job searches, keeping in touch with fellow service members and even documenting military history. CONTINUE READING AT AL.COMmore
Career Fairs Counter Unemployment
By: CareerCast.com
Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. At least 540 job fairs have been held since then across the country as well as in Puerto Rico. Nationwide, more than 18,400 veterans and military spouses have obtained work through the job fairs, said Kerion Dawkins, regional associate for the Hiring Our Heroes program. One specific industry that is mining career fairs extensively is rail. Estimates place the current amount of vetearns working in the railroad sector at 25 ... more
Seeking Fairness For Veteran Hiring Preferences
By: CareerCast.com
It's a hotly debated issue in federal workplaces: Are veterans' preferences in hiring being fairly implemented? A new report this week by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board said that the system of hiring preferences for veterans, first implemented in 1883, is complicated -- contributing to sentiments from some federal employees that veterans are getting too much preference, and from others that some veterans aren't being given the consideration for jobs and promotions they deserve based on their military sacrifice. CONTINUE READING AT NOLA.COMmore
Not Just More Jobs, But Better-Paying Jobs for Veterans
By: CareerCast.com
Speaking at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, President Obama advocated for higher-paying job prospects for military veterans. "We have to make sure our veterans get everything that they have earned, from good healthcare to a good job." Job prospects for military veterans have improved in recent years. The unemployment rate among all veterans in 2015 was 4.6%, lower than the national average of 5.2%, and the unemployment rate of Gulf War Era II veterans plummeted from 7.2% to 5.8%. As the number of jobs increase, the next step in an improved labor ... more