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Friday
Nov112011

Happy Veteran's Day

Wishing all of our veteran clients and friends a very blessed Veteran's Day. Thank you for all that you've done and continue to do for our country.

Wednesday
Nov092011

Simply Hired Supports Job Search for Veterans on NRD.gov

SimplyHired.com®, the world’s largest job search engine, on Monday announced that it will support the job search function of the National Resource Directory’s employment site, NRD.gov, by giving veterans access to more than 500,000 job listings from employers who have human resources policies in place that are favorable to former military personnel. SimplyHired.com will populate the Veterans Job Bank with jobs currently available from its Veteran-Friendly Companies job search filter (www.simplyhired.com/veteran). This tool allows veteran job seekers to view job listings from DirectEmployers Association member companies who take affirmative action to employ veterans in conformance with federal laws and regulations.

In August, President Obama issued a challenge to the private sector to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans or their spouses by the end of 2013. As part of the Joining Forces Initiative, the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden will lead this effort, urging employers to commit to the Veterans Job Bank initiative by pledging to hire or train veterans. SimplyHired.com will populate NRD.gov with the jobs available in its database that have been labeled as veteran-committed; and, as more employers undertake to become part of the Veterans Job Bank, Google will index these new job listings to help increase the available jobs for veterans on NRD.gov.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2010, the unemployment rate for veterans between 18 and 24 years old was 20.9 percent,” said Gautam Godhwani, co-founder and CEO, SimplyHired.com. “In response to this problem, SimplyHired.com has been committed to helping veterans find a job that they love while taking advantage of their unique skill sets through our Veteran-Friendly Companies job search filter. We are thrilled to join forces with NRD.gov and Google to take this responsibility one step further by helping veterans to access veteran-committed jobs in an intuitive and efficient manner.”

Veterans have an unemployment rate higher than the general population because many U.S. companies, and sometimes veterans themselves, do not know how to translate military experience into civilian job skills. In providing military veterans with access to employers who are committed to hiring veterans, SimplyHired.com is making the transition from service to employment as seamless as possible by bridging the gap between civilian employers and military experience.

Continued Mr. Godhwani: “A commitment by employers concerning veteran hiring is a key component of the Veterans Job Bank initiative. But, by offering an improved and more effective job search experience, SimplyHired.com is accelerating the initiative and helping veterans gain access to these jobs so they can find employment faster.”

The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. For more information about the Veterans Job Bank initiative, please visit NRD.gov.

About SimplyHired.com
With over eight million job listings, Simply Hired (www.SimplyHired.com) is the world’s largest job search engine -- 25 times the size of the biggest job board. Servicing 15 million monthly users across 24 countries, SimplyHired.com powers jobs on more than 25,000 network partner sites, including LinkedIn, CNNMoney, Washington Post and Bloomberg Businessweek. Reaching passive as well as active candidates, the SimplyHired.com network delivers millions of targeted job applicants and boasts one of the lowest cost-per-hire rates in the industry. The company is based in Mountain View, California and is funded by Foundation Capital and IDG Ventures.



Monday
Nov072011

Military to Civilian Transition: Virtual Commuting

Not long ago, when people talked about virtual commuting they were referring to a tactic used by downsizing companies to trim expenses. They reasoned that if we could find a way for employees to work at home and still be productive, then they could eliminate the overhead costs associated with having them onsite.

Today, virtual commuting is altogether different. Physical location is less important in a digitally connected world. When creating this website, for example, members of our team moved about from the Boston area, NYC, Richmond Virginia, Washington DC, and Toronto Canada...and those are just the places we know about! Many companies today, especially Gen-Y companies operating in the digital sphere, are happy to let their employees work from home, understanding the importance these "millenials" attach to personal freedom and autonomy.

Not all work lends itself to these kinds of arrangements, but you might be surprised what is possible today given the resources technology has placed in our hands.

Here's a very short list of careers that can easily be done virtually:

  • Academic or business research
  • Business or financial analyst
  • Coaching
  • Computer programming (all types)
  • Consulting
  • Customer service and support (e.g. "help desk" technician)
  • Internet marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social media marketing (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Teaching
  • Web design
  • Web content producer (video, audio, etc.)
  • Writing and other forms of content creation

And the list will only get longer.

Wednesday
Nov022011

The Valuable Transferable Skills Veterans Bring to Employers

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.

Veterans are some of the most sought-after people in the workplace for a number of reasons. Perhaps the three most prominent reasons include their code of ethics, reliability, level of education.

 

  • Code of Ethics: It is difficult to conceive a better-vetted group of individuals than veterans. Veterans often have incredible clearances. This means they’ve already gone through a rigorous process of background screening and character evaluation. Now, whether a company chooses to utilize an individual’s clearance isn’t really as important what the clearance says to a potential employer. It clearly marks the veteran as trustworthy and able to handle high-level information that wouldn’t be given out to many individuals. This, clearly, is an asset for veterans seeking a career change.
  • Reliability: Veterans are exceedingly reliable. They come from a culture and workplace that values action and follow- through. Consequently, if they say they’re going to do something, they’re going to do it. If a timetable is established, it will be followed. Of course these are real advantages in the military workplace, but they are also highly sought after traits in the private sector.
  • Education: Veterans, as a group, are highly educated. Veterans at all lengths of service have hands-on technical skills and advanced education. Quite often veterans hold advanced degrees. In particular, 15-20 year veterans increasingly go beyond their bachelors degrees and acquire and masters or doctorate-level education.

Unique Working Environments, Unique Skills
Employers know well that veterans have numerous other advantages as employees in addition to the quality character traits, and technical and managerial skills listed above. With the diverse needs of the military come diverse military jobs, and so various veterans will find their specialized skills are also highly valuable to potential employers. Because of this, don’t forget to highlight these skills as well. In the end, though, the unique characteristics fostered by a career in the military that might seem run-of-the-mill to an individual surrounded each day by other dedicated service members may just be the characteristics most valued by a potential employer.

Friday
Oct212011

Different Yet Similar: How The Private Sector Can Be Similar To, And Different From, The Military

Many individuals going through a military to civilian transition are under the impression that there are significant differences between the two workplaces. While it is true that differences exist, many transitioning veterans will be happy to learn just how many similarities there are between where they have been working, and where they plan to work in the future.

The Similarities

There is certainly a perception that military and civilian workplaces are very different, but that really isn't the case. The most important traits of a good soldier are also traits of a good employee. For example, hard work is expected from any employer, whether it's the military or private industry. And since hard work is a big part of a military career, transition veterans will find that this aspect of their employers' expectations won't change.

Recognition for work is another similarity. Of course, recognition comes in a few forms, monetary compensation, promotion and gratitude. Pay in the private sector is competitive in that most companies pay competitively for similar types of work. As in the military, when an employee shows promise or improves his or her skills and education, that person is often promoted. Finally, there is often an element of gratitude expressed to employees in the private sector. Team members often remark about a co-worker who solves a problem or completes a difficult task. Also, as a team completes a project a boss often acknowledges a job well done. These informal, yet valuable, forms of recognition will be familiar to veterans transitioning to the private sector.

The Differences

Though there are fewer differences between the military and civilian workplaces than many people expect, differences do exist. Simply put, the private sector workplace is more flexible than the military, which can take some time to adjust to.

In the military, guys and gals have been told where they will work and what job they'll do. Military personnel are moved every few years whether they like the job they've been in or not. The private sector doesn't work in the same way. In private sector veterans will find that they have more choices than they are used to. Employees can ask to do a certain job, and are often even able to negotiate where, how, and how many days a week they'll have to do that job.

Another difference between working for the military and a private sector company is the flexibility of teams outside of the military. More often in the military than not you inherit a team as you come into an organization or into a position, and you're pretty much stuck with the folks that are there. Whether you like them or not and you have to figure out how to work with them.

In private sector, there's a little more flexibility around teams. Managers or team leaders often have the flexibility to change out its members, or change the teams themselves. There is also more flexibility as regards hiring and firing individuals to create better functioning work groups.

Summary

The military is a unique workplace, and as such no civilian employer will recreate its working environment; in fact, many don't seek to. Even though this is true, transitioning veterans will find that there are significant similarities between the military and private sector. Core values of loyalty and a belief in recognizing an employee's skills are just as prevalent in the private sector as the military, albeit often expressed in different ways.

Still, the private sector is different. Flexibility stands out as the key difference. Veterans should expect to find more flexibility in where they may work and even on what projects they will work on. Team flexibility is also significantly different in the private sector, where team members can be removed or added in order to improve the group and it's output as a whole.

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