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10 Top Jobs for Veterans in 2013

CBS News recently compiled a list of ten top jobs for veterans in 2013 which we’ve reiterated for you below. Whether you were an officer, an engineer, or something in between, there are jobs out there that suit your unique work history and personal goals. Read Story

New Initiatives Aim To Help Service Members Transition into Workforce

People retiring or separating from the military may find themselves having a hard time trying to transition to a civilian life. They can face several challenges including trying to market themselves in the current workforce or trying to go back to school. However, there are some resources that have been created to help aid veterans in this process. Read Story

 

Veterans and their skills

Men and women who have served our country possess qualities and skills that are of great value to employers, including a strong work ethic, leadership and problem solving. Yet many veterans struggle with finding employment in the civilian world. According to whitehouse.gov, as of October 2011, more than 850,000 veterans were unemployed. In addition, the jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans was 12.1 percent — well above the national average.There is some encouraging news: A recent CareerBuilder survey found that 20 percent of employers are actively recruiting U.S. veterans to work for their organizations, and 14 percent are actively recruiting members of the National Guard. Yet, with more than 1 million service members projected to leave the military between 2011 and 2016, where can soon-to-be and current military veterans turn? What resources are available to help them prepare for, seek and secure employment?

1. EmployVets.com: EmployVets.com matches employers with veterans looking to return to the workforce. The website, powered by CareerBuilder, provides a variety of resources for veterans, including a job-search engine, a tool for discovering how one’s military skills translate to the civilian world, and career advice.

2. Veteran Entrepreneurial Transfer Inc. (VeTransfer.org): According to the website, VeTransfer.org’s mission “is to teach veterans how to become entrepreneurs and to assist them in accelerating their veteran-owned innovations.” The organization, which receives backing from the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs, turns veterans into entrepreneurs by helping them start their own businesses. Veterans are connected with the financing needed to get their venture off the ground and business volunteers and mentors who provide advice, guidance and support.

3. American Freedom Foundation Inc.The American Freedom Foundation provides grants to organizations that support military veterans, including those related to employment. The Foundation has a special focus on aiding wounded or disabled veterans and their families, as well as the children of those killed in action. One of the most prominent ways the American Freedom Foundation raises money is through its American Freedom Festivals.

4. America Wants YouThe recently launched site, AWY, brings together the private sector and corporate America to find job opportunities for men and women who have served in the U.S. military. CareerBuilder powers the job-search engine, which is free for both veterans and companies. Thousands of jobs are available in a variety of fields, including sales, customer service and information technology management, at companies across the U.S.

“AWY is one site with one well-defined mission; simply put, AWY is designed to get our veterans back to work,” says John Pike, CEO of AWY and a veteran himself. “Whether you have completed your service or are soon to do so, sites like AWY and all the others help in making a difficult transition a little bit easier.”

For veterans beginning the job-search process, Pike says they should arm themselves with as much information as possible via sites like AWY. They should also assess their skills — what they’ve done and what they’ve learned — and determine how these skills are transferable to the mainstream American workforce. “And finally, don’t just look for a job, look for an opportunity to use your skills to grow within an area where you can advance and prosper.”

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