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One in 11  veteran struggles to find jobs  after serving the country. Getting back into  civilian life is tremendously difficult for veterans , and part of the difficulty lies in finding ways to resume a normal life routine - which includes achieving and maintaining a job. Interestingly, the search for a career can actually be boosted by following a healthy lifestyle filled with regular exercise.  Trauma from combat can...
Veterans with disabilities often face even tougher challenges to employment than whole-bodied vets. Statistics from 2014 show 3.8 million veterans had a service-connected disability, which makes them a significant portion of the former military population. This results in less participation in the labor force, higher rates of unemployment among veterans and lower wages for disabled veterans’ jobs when you can find them. ...
Many companies looking to hire a veteran participate in job fairs to improve their recruiting efforts. This option also helps minimize the money they spend on advertising open job positions. Occasionally, an employer attends a job fair purely to spread the word about his company. Others, however, are there with the intention of hiring new employees right away. For veterans looking for jobs, there are several advantages to attending a...
Question: I attended a transition seminar and was advised to expand my network by connecting online with as many people as possible. I’ve sent out many connection invitations but have received only a few acceptances. Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong? Answer: While having a large network of contacts is valuable when transitioning and building your civilian career, the quality of your network is more important than...
More women join the military these days than ever before. Statistics show almost a quarter million women now serve on active duty in the military, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) predicts that by 2020, almost 11% of the total veteran population will be female. So how does experience in military service help women adapt to civilian jobs, once they move on? Interviews with women veterans revealed a surprising number of ways:...
In these days of online everything, finding veteran employment requires you to know your way around the Internet. Fortunately, there’s a purpose to doing so that makes it worth the effort, because a number of online resources exist that you can tap into and benefit from. Here are a few you might not have heard of so far. #1: LinkedIn for Veterans LinkedIn is not only the top employment platform in the world, it’s also a...
Assisting veterans for getting into a civilian life is necessary because they are an integral part of our society. They are the ones who sacrificed a lot for the country and now is the time to pay them back. They get back to their homes from an intense war in order to face their more difficult battles. Those who are badly injured require learning about living without mobility or limb and it is very painful. You also find some veterans...
For the  nearly 360,000 U.S. veterans  who leave military service each year, many experience a period of unemployment. Some veterans struggle with the transition from a military career to the corporate, civilian world. This leaves their resume showing a substantial break in employment. Their resume maybe dominated by a number of short-term or unrelated jobs either side of their military service. Meanwhile, other veterans have gaps...
If you keep hearing how LinkedIn is the network to be on when you’re looking for work, you’re not alone. With over 90% of recruiters relying on the site, according to data from the Society of Human Resource Management, candidates for every type of position should have profiles. This isn’t just to enable you to be found by prospective employers, but to develop the online presence vital in today’s job market....
A well-written cover letter is almost always a requirement for job applications. It gives the potential employer their first impression of the candidate while giving the applicant a chance to introduce their suitability for the position. For companies considering hiring a veteran , it’s also an opportunity for the recruiter to get a sense of the person applying, to determine whether they would be a good fit for the company’s...
Video communication is soaring in popularity, and companies and individuals are looking for ways to use this technology to enhance everything they do. For job candidates, the reality is that employers are swamped with applications these days, and finding a way to stand out from the crowd isn’t easy. Creating a video resume to use when applying for jobs for veterans could be your way in, and we’ve put together some top tips to...
Each industry, company, and team communicate with each other in a particular “language” which separates their culture from that of their competitors while relating to their target audience of clients, investors, media, etc. Their internal narrative, tone, phrasing and messaging is what that makes a company’s language unique. A key part of a job search is understanding the company language. As a veteran transitioning into...