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    Let the prospective employer know if you are 30% or more service-connected disabled.  It will help!  Spouses are eligible for veteran preference also if the veteran is 30% or more service-connected disabled.

    Veterans Hire Veterans

    posted Mar 17, 2014, 5:30 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 10:18 PM ]

    Veterans Hire Veterans
    Employment Resources and Links

    America’s Heroes at Work – a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) project that addresses the employment challenges of returning Service Members and Veterans living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

    American Corporate Partners offers free career counseling and mentoring to recently returned veterans by professionals from America’s finest corporations.

    AMVETS provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s citizens and veterans alike. AMVETS also provides veterans with access to career centers that provide an array of career training and employment services to veterans including career assessment, training, certification assistance, and assistance in the career search process.

    Call of Duty Endowment - The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit public benefit corporation which helps soldiers transition to civilian careers after their military service.

    CivilianJobs.com comprises a suite of services that help America’s top companies find military-experienced talent. Our online job board, job fairs and military base publication coupled with our unique pre-matching process deliver valuable talent to hiring managers and terrific job opportunities to ex-military job seekers.

    Essential Career Resource for Veterans - Courtesy of VelvetJobs  The labor market is shaky.  Across the world many countries still see high unemployment rates in certain areas, including the USA. Due to this, large swathes of the workforce are returning back to school to get retrained and gain a competitive advantage in their field.

    Finding a new job can be daunting even if you are not a veteran returning from an active duty. But if you are one, firstly thank you for your service to your country and secondly, it doesn't have to be daunting with the help of this resource for military veterans transitioning to civilian careers.

    Feds Hire Vets – The one-stop resource for Federal veteran employment information. Veterans, transitioning service members, and their families will find this site to be full of resources and information that can assist in finding a Federal career.

    Gold Card Services for Post-9/11 Era Veterans The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today’s job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS).

    Helmets to Hardhats – Helmets to Hardhats is a national program that was started in 2002 that connects National Guard, Reserve and transitioning active-duty military members with quality career training and employment opportunities within the construction industry. The program is administered by the Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment, and Veterans Employment and headquartered in Carlsbad, California.

    Hire Disability Solutions (HireDS) – If you are a Military service person who has sustained an injury while serving our country, Hire Disability Solutions can assist you in returning to work and continuing to live an independent life.

    Hire Heroes USA – Hire Heroes USA offers transition assistance, job search assistance, and job placement services to those who have honorably served in the US military – and to their spouses. Hire Heroes USA’s services are provided at no cost to the veteran.

    Hire Patriots – Hire Patriots began in 2005 as a site to help current and transitioning Marines from Camp Pendleton find employment. Today it contains employment opportunities for current, transitioning and former members of all branches of service and from every base in the nation. Users may post their resumes and search for both temporary jobs and careers via the site.

    Hiring Our Heroes – In March of 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with a network of 1600 state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the goal was to create a movement across America in hundreds of local communities where veterans and military families return every day.

    Jobs2Vets – Military Jobs Transcoder was created to make it easier for Veterans to find jobs and have a better experience in the process.

    JobHero - Lots of career resources for Veterans.

    JOFDAV (Job Opportunities For Disabled American Veterans) – Account registration is free for both individuals and employers; Browse and search thousands of jobs for veterans.

    Military Hire is a leading job and resume website for veterans.  They have thousands of jobs currently available worldwide. These jobs have been posted by hundreds of companies who appreciate the quality and dedication the military veteran brings to the private sector.  They allow veterans to post their resume and search for jobs at absolutely no cost.

    Military to Civilian - is a blog devoted to helping transitioning military and prior-military find careers in the civilian world. Topics include resume tips, how to translate your military experience into terms a civilian hiring authority can understand, hot career areas for military-experienced job seekers, career coaching, and more.

    Military to Medicine is a national, non-profit military service organization of Inova Health System. It provides online healthcare training that leads to entry-level healthcare careers. For individuals who have healthcare work experience, Military to Medicine provides career opportunity assistance.

    My Next Move for Veterans is designed for U.S. veterans who are current job seekers. The interactive tool helps vets learn about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, job listings, and more for over 900 different careers. Veterans can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or by discovering civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military. Veterans can also take advantage of the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person’s interests and level of work experience.

    OPM’s comprehensive VetGuide - If you are a veteran, you may be entitled to certain preferences when applying to Federal positions. You may also be eligible to apply to positions under special veterans appointing authorities. For more information, consult the Office of Personnel Management VetGuide.

    Recruit Military – A nationwide, full-service, military-to-civilian recruiting firm. The site offers job search, career fair information, transition resources, job resources and resources for military spouses.

    Student Veterans for America provides peer-to-peer college campus networks for veterans. The group coordinates campus activities, provides pre-professional networking, and generally provides a touchstone for student veterans in higher education to ultimately ensure every veteran is successful after their service.

    Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    USAjobs.gov – Working for America is a site which is your one-stop source for federal jobs and employment information.

    VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service (VetSuccess) The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The VetSuccess program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.

    Veterans Green Jobs provides exemplary green jobs education and career development opportunities for military veterans, empowering and supporting them to lead America’s transition to energy independence, ecological restoration, community renewal, and economic prosperity.

    Veterans Hire Veterans Initiative - Project created to help link veteran business owners looking for employees with veterans and transitioning activity duty military looking for work.

    Veterans in Piping provides returning vets with 16 weeks of accelerated welding training with an additional two weeks of transitional training to help returning veterans adjust to civilian life. The training is free to veterans who are placed in construction careers nationwide.

    Veterans Job Bank is part of the National Resource Directory and links veterans with companies that want to hire them. By entering an MOS/MOC code or searching by keyword an individual can connect with information about available job openings in a specific geographic region that may fit their military experience.

    Veterans Marketplace is an up-and-coming resource for United States veterans and transitioning active duty military. Focusing on relocation resources, military organizations, employment for veterans, discounts for active duty military, veterans and their families and more.

    Veterans ReEmployment – Veterans ReEmployment is your one-stop site for employment, training and financial help after your military service.

    Veterans.Jobs – Veterans.jobs uses the Military Occupational Classification (MOC) Crosswalk to assist military personnel in transitioning from active duty to employment opportunities in the civilian workforce.

    VeteransCorp.org – The Veterans Corporation is charged with creating and enhancing entrepreneurial business opportunities for veterans, including service-disabled veterans. The website has information about starting and managing a business as well as sections about acquiring capital, becoming bonded and online education workshops.

    VetJobs – VetJobs is a job board for reaching the 14 million military Veterans currently in the work force, as well as the 250 thousand active duty military personnel who transition each year, and their family members. VetJobs is an excellent source for candidates in information technology, program and project management, sales, linguists, logistics, transportation, human resources, manufacturing, engineering, finance, healthcare, accounting and senior executives.

    Wall Street Warfighters is an organization focused on benefiting service disabled veterans. Its mission is to identify, develop, and place disabled veterans in long-term professions in the financial services industry following their military service.

    Warfighterhome.us – Created by the American Legion in partnership with Avue Technologies, this site is designed to help veterans find employment with the federal government. Through this site, users can search for federal jobs by geographic location, have exclusive access to Avue’s Career Choice Advisor, get useful information on special hiring authorities for veterans, learn how veterans’ preference is used in the federal hiring process and get tips on marketing military experience.

    We Hire Heroes: We Hire Heroes provide Local Job Boards For Veterans, By Veterans – Providing employment opportunities for veterans, retired military, active duty, and their families.

    Wounded Warrior Project’s “Warriors to Work” – The Warriors to Work program helps individuals recovering from severe injuries received in the line of duty connect with the support and resources they need to build a career in the civilian workforce.

    Cover Letter for Former Service Members

    posted Mar 10, 2014, 2:52 AM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 2:53 AM ]

    If you see a job posting online and it sounds perfect for you, it's wise to submit not only your resume, but also a customized cover letter. But transitioning service members often struggle with constructing an effective cover letter.

    It's important to remember that the cover letter, like the resume, is a marketing tool. Use it to show how you can help the company in question.

    Obviously, different applicants' cover letters will look quite different from one another. But here's a sample of what a good letter might look like.

    Dear (insert name or "Hiring Manager" if name is unknown):

    Your advertisement on Military.com for a (insert job title) fits my experience and qualifications perfectly, and I am writing to express my interest in and enthusiasm for the position. As a former service member and accomplished sales leader, I have achieved consistent revenue growth for leading corporations during my career.

    In addition to my desire to join your team, you will find I am a dedicated and driven professional whose recent accomplishments include:

    * An increase of international sales from 1 percent of the company's total revenue to 75 percent.

    * Dramatic expansion of customer base, leading to revenue growth rates that far exceed the pace of larger, more established competitors.

    * Development of professional relationships and networks within the sales industry.

    * Attainment of 100 percent customer retention rate through expert relationship-building skills and a commitment to a solution-focused, service-first sales approach.

    * Launch of a new office, expected to double sales revenue by 2003.

    Your products are truly on the cutting edge of (industry) -- you offer products that can change the way a company conducts business. I am excited by this prospect and would be able to translate this excitement to a business benefit for your current and future clients. If you agree that my qualifications are a close fit to your needs, I would be delighted to meet with you personally to discuss strategies for expanding (name of company's) market presence.

    I will follow up with you in a few days to answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, you may reach me at (phone number) or via email at (email address). I look forward to our conversation.

    Dina Smith

    Resume Examples

    posted Mar 2, 2014, 8:08 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Mar 2, 2014, 8:08 PM ]

    Value of Hiring Veterans

    posted Mar 2, 2014, 6:54 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Mar 2, 2014, 6:54 PM ]

    Interview Tips

    posted Mar 2, 2014, 5:57 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Mar 2, 2014, 6:04 PM ]

    What 80% Of Employers Do Before Inviting You For An Interview

    posted Mar 2, 2014, 7:44 AM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Mar 2, 2014, 7:47 AM ]

    Susan P. Joyce, Editor and chief technology writer, Job-Hunt.org
    Posted: 03/01/2014 7:00 am EST
    Updated: 03/01/2014 7:59 am EST

    Many job seekers have described to me that submitting a resume in today's job market is mostly a banging-their-head-against-a-wall, extremely frustrating waste of time.

    You want that resume to get you into an interview, but it doesn't. I think this could be why:

    80% of employers

    Google job seekers

    before inviting them

    into an interview!

    If employers don't find something good and solid, that agrees with the resume -- a LinkedIn Profile is perfect for this -- you aren't invited in for an interview.

    Interviewing job candidates is very expensive for an employer to do (second only to the cost of hiring the wrong candidate)! Consequently, employers use Google searches to try to avoid those expensive mistakes.

    The resume-submission-to-interview-invitation process typically runs through these four steps:

    Step 1. Resumes are received and screened into two groups ("possibles" and "no").

    Step 2. Someone opens up a browser, and begins Googling the "possibles" which are then screened into three groups ("more likely" and "less likely" and "no") based on what is discovered - or NOT discovered.

    Step 3. The "more likelys" are compared. Phone interviews (a.k.a. "phone screens") may be conducted.

    Step 4. Invitations to interview are extended, and the real dance begins.

    When nothing, or nothing good, is found about you, you end up in the "less likely" or "no" piles in step 2.

    What Should Job Seekers Do in Response?

    The good news is that job seekers can influence what is found in this process.

    In addition, your participation will not only help you survive the Googling, it will also increase your "market value" and the size of your networks.

    1. Google yourself!

    Look at the first three or four pages to see what is visible to an employer about you.

    DO NOT be happy if they find nothing about you on Google! That means either of two things to most employers -- you don't know how the world works today (so you are out-of-date) or you are hiding something. Neither of those two impressions will help you in your job search.

    Then, practice Defensive Googling for the rest of your job search (and career).

    2. Google anyone well-known and well-respected in your field.

    What does Google show on the first page of search results? Assuming it doesn't show things like TIME magazine cover stories, a feature in The New York Times, a 60 MINUTES segment, and other similar high profile media mentions, carefully look at what you find. I bet you could also get visibility in most, if not all, of those venues!

    If you Google my name, you'll find:

    • My LinkedIn Profile
    • My Twitter page
    • My Google+ Profile (naturally!)
    • My VisualCV
    • My Facebook Profile
    • My HuffingtonPost articles
    • My Amazon Profile
    • A Pinterest page
    • A YouTube page
    • Etc.

    ALL of those pages are available for everyone at no cost. The LinkedIn and other social media pages are easy to set up and very popular with Google. The best part is that all of these pages describe me in my own words, because I wrote them! And because they are "public" for the world, including my colleagues and friends, to see, the assumption is that they're probably true, at least for the most part.

    3. Read my Reputation Management (or Recovery) Post

    You can manage this issue. It takes time to set up and develop, but once you have, it will take only an hour or two a week to maintain (assuming minimal participation). When you are in job search mode, you will be spending more time on this issue because it is so important to your job search.

    4. Get busy working on your public image.

    It's not just for movie and TV stars and musicians any more. We're all famous, at least a little, and the sooner you get started managing your public persona, the better off you will be. If you prefer, think of it as "personal branding." The greater your positive online visibility, the better your online reputation, and the greater the likelihood that you will have a response to your resume the next time you submit it to an appropriate opportunity.

    Do review the steps in Defensive Googling to stay current with what Google shows the world about you.

    Not Optional Any Longer

    This post is in reaction to a discussion I had with a job seeker who is desperate for a job, but very reluctant to put herself "out there" online. Making matters worse, she is looking for a job in marketing. Anyone in marketing or sales today MUST demonstrate that they understand how the online marketplace works, so she is really hampering her job search. I hope she reads this and overcomes her fear of online visibility.

    Follow me on G+ for more job search tips! https://plus.google.com/+SusanPJoyce/

    Susan P. Joyce is president of NETability, Inc. and the editor and chief technology writer for Job-Hunt.org and WorkCoachCafe.com. This piece first appeared on WorkCoachCafe.com.

    Your Job is Protected!

    posted Jul 21, 2013, 12:28 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Jul 21, 2013, 12:28 PM ]

    Check out the fliers below.

    5 Reasons Why Employers Are Not Hiring Vets

    posted Jul 4, 2013, 2:14 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Jul 4, 2013, 2:21 PM ]

    Department of Veterans Affairs| by Lisa Nagorny and Dan Pick

    Why are many Vets still unemployed?  The Center for a New American Security conducted interviews with 87 individuals from 69 companies to find out why from an employer perspective.  Keep these factors in your hip pocket while you search for jobs!

    1. Skills Translation:
     Unless you're applying for a defense contracting job, you have to translate your military skills into civilian terms. Civilians don't understand your acronyms, MOS, and military terminology, and they aren't going to take the time to learn. Seek out someone from the desired industry and have them review your resume. Or, use a job skills translator such as the one on Military.com. Many companies use software to screen the applicant pool. If the software finds words that don't align with the industry, like military jargon, your resume will get kicked out. The bottom line is: if your resume doesn't contain the right key words, you most likely won't make it through the screening process!

    2. Negative Stereotypes:
     Some employers believe that Veterans can be too "rigid" or formal. Overcome these stereotypes by preparing for your interview. Have a civilian play the role of an employer asking you questions about your background, experience, and qualifications. Consider recording the interaction on your smart phone or video camera, and the interviewer can debrief you on how you came across. Other stereotypes include problems with anger management or post-traumatic stress. If you are faced with these challenges, help is available at VA facilities and Vet Centers. You can also reach out to Give an Hour or other related organizations. It may take some help to get back on your feet, but don't let that stop you from furthering your career.

    3. Skill Mismatch: The military helped transform you into a great leader with an excellent work ethic. But some employers are looking for specific skills. If you don't have these skills, you may be out of luck. Look for creative ways to build new skills relevant to your target industry. First, check out job listings in that industry to identify the skills employers are looking for, or ask someone you know in that industry. Hone in on the skills that you can build in the near term. For example, take a community college class and approach the professor about doing a side project or independent study in which you can demonstrate the application of the skills you are learning. Look for volunteer opportunities in which you can demonstrate those skills. You may be able to help out in the business office of your church or local community. Or, you may be able to run the fundraising or marketing efforts for a local charity event. Temp agencies are another consideration; sometimes starting in a temp position may help build relevant skills and lead to permanent employment.

    4. Concern about Future Deployments:
     Guardsmen and Reservists face this challenge, especially if they are seeking employment with small businesses. Be familiar with the laws protecting reservists and be honest about your continuing military commitment. Recently, I became aware of a situation in which a reservist may have misled a company to secure a job a couple weeks before deploying with his unit. The employer did not know this at the time.  Actions such as this not only tarnish the reputation of the reservist, but also make it difficult for other vets trying to secure a job. Be candid and up front!

    5. Acclimation:
     Employers are concerned that Veterans don't completely fit into corporate culture. Interview prep can help you practice interacting in a less military, more corporate way. Finding out about the corporate environment is also helpful. What terms are used? How do people dress (business or business casual)? How formal is the culture? Connect with someone in that industry, or better yet the company you are applying to, to find out about the cultural environment and norms.

    Table Manners: 3 Key Tips for Job Fairs

    posted May 28, 2013, 7:06 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated May 28, 2013, 7:06 PM ]

    Courtesy of Dr. Randy Plunkett

    Here is a key tactic that most that most job seekers overlook when attending a job or career fair:  

    Stop at every table!

    One mistake we all make on occasion is to generalize. For example, people assume that health care companies are only hiring health care workers, or that insurance companies only need agents. So when they encounter these tables or displays, they typically say nothing and keep moving.

    Here are three great reasons why one should visit every exhibit at a job or career fair.

    1. Help Wanted – but perhaps not the jobs you think

    Recently, at one of our Career Expos, I approached the University of North Carolina Health Care System table and ask them what there were looking to hire.  The representative was quick to state: "Well, our biggest need is carpenters and plumbers." I was shocked! As I began to learn what the UNC Health Care System did, it made perfect sense. As the largest health care provider in the state of North Carolina, the System owns dozens of facilities; therefore they require a large cadre of licensed trade professionals.

    My point here is:  How many people walked by that table, assuming the only openings would be for health-related professions? Without the "stop at every table" strategy,  I know I would have. One never knows the need of an organization unless he or she asks. So, it is crucial for attendees to stop at every table, learn more about the company, and ask what they may be seeking.

    2. License to Thrill – Sell yourself

    Along with getting to know more about organizations and companies, I encourage attendees with this advice:  "Today, you have permission to be an extrovert and your own agent! No one should be able to market YOU better than YOU CAN!"

    Attendees sometimes tell us that they wait in line to talk to people at the tables, only to feel frustrated because they are told to apply online. I explain that this is an opportunity for one to make a lasting impression on that representative. True, those who are manning these tables may not be the hiring authority, but they certainly know that person very well! Would it not be great for them to return to the corporate office asking that hiring manager to find the application of a dynamic, confident applicant who really impacted them? Talk about a leg up on the competition!

    3. Vocational Nirvana – Your dream career awaits

    I like to get feedback on how we did at our events, so I ask people for their thoughts as they are leaving the exhibit hall. I met a veteran in San Antonio at the door. I will call him Joe. He was quick to tell me that he was disappointed because he did not find any law enforcement agencies among our exhibitors. I asked him if he talked with USAA. Why should Joe talk with an insurance agency?  Because USAA's Headquarters is located on a 200 acre campus in North West San Antonio . They have, in essence, their own police force! Joe had no idea, because he did not visit every table. I was eager to take him back over to USAA, and he left that day a satisfied customer!

    The heart of this matter is summarized this way: Your mission is fact finding and networking. By spending time at each table, one learns to overcome stereotypes which lead to erroneous assumptions. More importantly, that career path and perhaps dream job may never materialize all because a seeker did not take the time to investigate opportunities.


    Dr. Randy Plunkett is the Director of Community and Government Outreach for Military.com. Throughout his 20-plus years in the Air Force, Dr. Plunkett used tuition assistance, the GI Bill and scholarships in his quest to obtain college and graduate education. Prior to retiring from the Air Force in 2004 as a Senior Master Sergeant (E-8), he earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Innovation and Leadership from Wilmington University in New Castle, DE. An ardent advocate for issues pertaining to service members, veterans, and their families, Dr. Plunkett is a popular speaker at conferences, graduations, and military functions.

    Employers Accommodating PTSD

    posted May 11, 2013, 2:34 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated May 11, 2013, 2:34 PM ]

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