Jobs For Veterans

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2014
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Jobs for Veterans

Transitioning from military life back to civilian life has many inherent challenges. Finding a job should not be one of those, but it often is. The good news is that this is changing. In the wake of the wars in the gulf, there has been a strong push for companies to hire returning veterans. This has been successful and today there are companies who will hire veterans before they hire anyone else. There are also resources for veterans that are not available to others, the challenge is to get this information to the veteran.

Resources

There is a Veterans’ Employment Website (http://veteransemployment.net/) that offers veterans the resources they need in order to search for jobs in New York and prepare for interviews. This site reviews such things as the practice of veteran’s preference for federal jobs, tips on interviewing, lists of ‘Military Friendly Jobs and Employers’, information about programs such as “Troops to Teachers” for veterans who would like to become educators, and much, much more.

There are many veterans’ job boards and websites that are only for veterans. After perusing the Veterans’ Employment Website, veterans can turn to these types of sites and start to explore actual job openings. It could be a waste of time and a frustrating experience to explore all the job oriented websites out there. It is challenge enough just to find the sites that are specifically oriented to veterans such as the Veterans Job Exchange, state–level Career One Stop centers, VetsSuccess, and Vet Internships.

The federal government has a commitment of their own to hire veterans into federal jobs and particularly at Veterans Affairs itself. There are a couple of websites designed to specifically help veterans with these types of jobs. These website sites include VA for Vets, VA Careers, Feds Hire Vets, and My Career at VA.

Many of these sites will connect veterans with employers in New York as well as other cities that are ready to hire them, data bases you can search and post a resume and resources for transitioning from military to civilian. These sites provide valuable information in addition to the above, to assist the veteran in getting a job. Probably the best of all these sites is Military.com

When you visit Military.com, click on jobs and enter your location and job preference, the site will find all the jobs they have in the data base that match your criteria and then tell you which ones have specific military credits or a strong preference for hiring a veteran. Apply to these companies with the resume that these sites have helped you to create. “Job seekers must think like recruiters,” says Chris Gaily, director of talent acquisition at Intuit INTU -0.88%. “Read the job description carefully, understand what pain the hiring manager is trying to solve with the role, and describe specifically how your experience and leadership skills will make that company successful.”

If you would rather use a professional recruiter, don’t choose just anyone. Most recruiters do not know how to turn your military experience into job experience. There are however recruiters who specialize in working with veterans.

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