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Jobs for Veterans: A Look at the Veteran Unemployment Rate

We couldn't help reposting this Time Magazine article we recently read about the veteran unemployment rate. The headline, The Veterans' Jobless Crisis that Isn't, is designed to provoke a reaction. The article, however was a page-turner.

The article reveals that the national unemployment rate for veterans is consistently lower than the national average. How is that possible, you may ask. It's the first thing we wondered, that's for sure. It turns out that there is a "tale of two veterans" going on in the numbers. If you are a recently retired Iraq or Afghanistan-war veteran between the ages of 18-24, you are part of a group whose unemployment rate is above the national average - 30.2% in fact. But, if you are a post-9/11 veteran between 45 and 54 your unemployment rate is 2.4%.

That's an incredible difference, we know. We'll let you read the rest of the article at TIME, because there is even more great information that we haven't even mentioned yet.


Jobs for Veterans: So Cal Vets Get Help from Disney, Working Wardrobes

Thanks to NBC Los Angeles for the video.


Jobs for Veterans: USA Today Plugs Vets as Managers

Have you picked up a copy of USA Today yet? Today's article can't say enough nice things about how valuable military veterans are as potential managers. Here are just a few great quotes:

Businesses say they value skills for operating within a chain of command and for handling mission-focused tasks


"It's decision-making ability — that's what you're hiring somebody for. You trust their abilities to solve your problems for you," says Dan Piontkowski, veterans staffing program manager for Hewlett-Packard.

and, perhaps the best news,

The Victory Media survey of Fortune 1000 companies suggests many [companies] are actively beginning to recruit...veterans. "These are the jobs [managers] that the companies have told us they are exclusively or significantly recruiting military veterans in 2013," says Sean Collins, G.I. Jobs director.


Interview Tips - Standing Out to an Employer

In this economy getting a job is crucial, but seems almost impossible. Job searching can seem like a long and endless task, but getting a job can be done. You want to make sure you have the best advantage to stand out and become someone a company wants a part of their business.

  1. Sell What the Company is Buying Make sure you have all the qualifications the company is looking for. Load your resume with an abundance of information that connects directly with the company. Do your research and look into the company, and know what to expect. 
  2. Keep Your Resume Simple Always make sure your resume is simple and easy to read. You want to load it up with qualifications, not random pieces of information that won't get you the job. Make sure you know what matters, and what will just be useless information that will bore the employer.  
  3. Use Vivid Vocabulary Many people who can write well and who have an advanced vocabulary will stand out to almost anyone. So many people don't go there extra length and simply look through a thesaurus and amp up their writing. Spend the time and it can make the difference between looking like an average person looking for a job, or a professional. 
  4. Sell Yourself In the interview, make sure the employer knows why you are the perfect person for the job. Inform them on why you would be best fit for the company and your special skills most people don't have. If you have something that others can't offer and compete with, you will stand out to the employer.  
  5. Stay on Topic When asked certain questions in an interview, people offer wander off and talk about personal issues. When a job is looking for people to hire, they are there to figure out if you are right for the job. That's it. Make sure you focus on why you can offer something no one else can, and also your working history. Looking for a job can be strenuous, but stick to simple principles and you can make the search much easier. Make sure you stay on topic, and sell yourself. Keep it simple, and make sure the employer knows what you can offer that no one else can and you're on your way to being the person every employer wants a part of their company. 
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Jobs for Veterans: Working at Home, cont'd.

Today we're following up on yesterday's topic: work environments. We learned yesterday that productivity is found at home, but the WSJ says that working from home may be a "dead end." Watch the video for their take on the topic.

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