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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.


Don't Neglect These Powerful Career Advancement Opportunities

If you are committed to career advancement, you must be willing to take important steps to achieve your professional goals. One critical career development strategy, which many professionals neglect, is building relationships with executives. To reach higher levels of the organization, senior level managers need to know who you are and what you have to offer. If you do not take advantage of opportunities to pursue executive relationships, you are doing yourself and your career a disservice.

If you have not yet begun to build executive relationships, the process can feel intimidating. Common fears include: What will I say? Will I be bothering someone? How will my manager feel? These are perfectly natural, but do not let them stop you! In order to advance your career and achieve your professional goals, you will need to step outside your comfort zone.

Here are some opportunities you may want to consider:

1. Engage executives in meetings. In meetings these days, it is very typical to find professionals paying closer attention to their mobile devices than the presenter. If there are high-level executives in your meeting, this is a wasted opportunity.

Rather than monitor your email or text messages, find ways to engage in the discussion. Make eye contact and visibly express your interest. Contribute your insights, or ask thoughtful questions. If there is an opportunity at the end of the meeting, take a moment to introduce yourself.


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Jobs for Veterans: Wal-Mart Seeks 100,000 New Veteran Employees

Yesterday, Wal-Mart announced a major hiring initiative. The veteran hiring-related portion of their news release is copied below.

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Beginning Memorial Day, Walmart will offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran in his or her first 12 months off active duty. Most of these jobs will be in Walmart stores and clubs, and some will be in distribution centers and the Home Office.

“Hiring a veteran can be one of the best business decisions you make,” said Simon. “Veterans have a record of performance under pressure. They’re quick learners and team players. They are leaders with discipline, training, and a passion for service. There is a seriousness and sense of purpose that the military instills, and we need it today more than ever.”

Walmart’s pledge is not the end of this effort; it’s the beginning. The company projects it will hire more than 100,000 veterans during the next five years. 

“We believe Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country, and we want to hire more,” added Simon. “I can think of no better group to lead in revitalizing our economy than those who have served in uniform. Through their service, veterans give us a land of freedom. When they return, it must be to a land of possibility.”

Walmart has spoken with the White House about this commitment. The First Lady’s team immediately expressed an interest in working with Walmart and with the entire business community to join forces to build upon this commitment. In the next several weeks, the White House will convene the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and major American employers to encourage businesses to make significant commitments to train and employ America’s returning heroes. 

“This is exactly the kind of act we hoped would be possible when we started Joining Forces - a concrete example of our nation's love and support that our troops, veterans, and their families can feel in their lives every day,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “As our wars come to an end and our troops continue to come home, it's more important than ever that all of us - not just government, but our businesses and nonprofits as well - do our part to serve those who have served us so bravely.  So today, my challenge is simple: for every business in America to follow Walmart's lead by finding innovative solutions that both make sense for their workplaces and make a difference for our veterans and their families.  Given what we've seen from Walmart and so many other companies over the past two years, we know that they will.”

Simon also called on the retail industry to work together to provide greater career opportunities for veterans.

“Imagine what retail could do together,” said Simon. “We could leave an incredible legacy as an industry. We can be the ones who step up for our heroes. And we can do this now.”


5 Blog Posts for the Military to Civilian Career Transition

It's been a while since we rounded up some of the best posts in our archives for those in the military to civilian career transition process. Here are five of our favorites!

  • Companies that Hire Veterans: The Veteran's Advantage: Companies that hire veterans will find that veterans possess unique skills and experiences that make them not only great employees, but great colleagues. A career in the military is not your average career. Because of the military's unique working environment and mission, veterans acquire unique skills and qualities that employers desire - and that give them an advantage in a career search. Read more...
  • Veterans Career: Top 10 Federal Government Twitter Accounts to Follow: Here is a quick list of our 10 Favorite Federal Government Tweeters to follow for veteran career advice, employment opportunities, resources, information and more! Many of these tweeters also talk about other important topics for vets, too, giving you even more reason to follow them! Read more...
  • 5 Steps to a Great Career Change Resume: All good resumes showcases meaningful results by saying: "Here are the things I did. Here are the results we achieved, and this is why those results mattered." Furthermore, a career change resume has to make the case that your ability to achieve meaningful results--in other words, your value as a employee--is transferable to a new, perhaps an entirely new, situation. Read more...
  • Military to Civilian Transition: New Employment Initiatives for 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). Read more...
  • Grants and Scholarships for Veterans: You've served your country, now it's time to see what Uncle Sam can do for you. Well when it comes to getting your college degree, he can do a lot. There are millions of tax-free dollars available to veterans and their dependents, consider it a thank you for your service. Read more...


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