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Social Media Connects Veterans to Jobs
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
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
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
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
Legislation Opens Trucking Opportunities to Military
A bill signed into law this autumn makes trucking career opportunities more accessible for active duty military. The Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012 eases state restrictions on trucking licenses for servicemen and women, a gesture that should help alleviate two pinches on the job market. Service persons can apply experience gained driving military vehicles to the state requirements for licensing. The act also grants access to the transient military population holding residency in one state, but stationed in another. A release from the American Forces Press Service explains the benefits of the act. “Because they move frequently, service ... more