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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Legislation Opens Trucking Opportunities to Military
By: CareerCast.com
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 ...