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Military to Civilian Transition: New Employment Initiatives for Veterans

Attention vets: have you heard about the Gold Card yet? 

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).

Image of Gold Card - Services for post 9/11 era veteransAn eligible veteran can present the Gold Card at his/her local One-Stop Career Center to receive enhanced intensive services including up to six months of follow-up.

The enhanced in-person services available for Gold Card holders at local One-Stop Career Centers may include:


  • Job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing;
  • Development of an Individual Development Plan (IDP);
  • Career guidance through group or individual counseling that helps veterans in making training and career decisions;
  • Provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information that inform educational, training, and occupational decisions;
  • Referral to job banks, job portals, and job openings;
  • Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors;
  • Referral to training by WIA-funded or third party service providers; and
  • Monthly follow-up by an assigned case manager for up to six months.

Eligible veterans can print a Gold Card here.


Job Searching for Veterans: My Next Move

For Friday we thought we'd share a simple to use job search tool provided by the Department of Labor. It's called My Next Move. Actually, we're highlighting the veteran-specific version, My Next Move for Veterans.

The interesting thing about My Next Move for Veterans is that it is a kind of skills translator. More specifically, it allows veterans to enter their branch and classification - for example - and the site will suggest civilian jobs that fit those skill sets.

Of course job searches are hardly that simple. But the site is a fun and effective way to hone in on what you, as a veteran, may enjoy doing for your civilian career.


Veterans Careers: Benefits Of Working In A Small Company vs A Corporation

While many people may be tempted to take up the first job that comes their way to take care of the bills and huge student loans that need to be repaid, others may mull over this decision for quite some time and select a company that fits their goals and needs.

The job market today is extremely competitive, and if you want to work with a company that suits your job requirements, you will have to weigh the pros and cons of working with both small and big organizations.

Benefits Of Working For Small Companies

You need to choose your work environment carefully where you can showcase your talents and pave your way to a fulfilling career. Working with a small company has its own advantages. When you choose to work for a smaller organization, you stand a greater chance of being noticed. You don't get lost in the crowd - and if you are strong performer, you will get faster promotions and pay raises.

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Help Me Find a Job: Focus, Persistance and Organization

Back in July we wrote a series of posts about the building blocks of successful job searches. It's become one of the most popular groups of posts on our site and we wanted to share snippets of each building block today, along with links to the full-length posts. Enjoy!

Increase your effectiveness by working from a written plan. This document must relate explicitly to your career goals and the specific elements you are seeking in your next job. Finish every day by compiling a list of activities to tackle the next morning. Celebrate whenever you successfully complete a milestone or empty your To-Do List. Read more about focus by clicking here.
Keep track of the jobs and companies you have applied to. Create an excel spreadsheet indicating date of application, follow-up action required, type of follow-up action. It’s also a form of visual reinforcement that you are putting in the work. Some companies take time to contact candidates, so this list keeps you on track. Read more about organization by clicking here.
  Keep the door open. Even if you get an initial rejection, ask for feedback. Learn what it was they were looking for that they didn’t see so that the next time you may be even more prepared. Also ask to know when they may be hiring again. Read more about persistance by clicking here.

Career Transition Expertise: What Our Clients Say About Us

Jean and Margey put on a top notch program at Marine Corps Base Quantico that received accolades from the many senior officers in attendance.  They provided a number of realistic scenarios and proven methodologies, translated into an easy to understand process that was invaluable for those of us who have not been in the job seeking mode for quite some time.  I would attend their session again and highly recommend it to friends and colleagues.

-Colonel Barry Neulen, senior law enforcement officer (LEO) for the US Marine Corps at Quantico

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