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Veterans Day 2012 Get Your Civilian Job On!

Nov 11, 2012 / Job Seeker / Trackback

For the past few years I have been writ­ing a post on this day to reach out to those of us who could use a help up not a hand out in tran­si­tion­ing from mil­i­tary to civil­ian employ­ment — or sim­ply find­ing that next oppor­tu­nity… even if that DD-214 has yel­lowed a lit­tle with age (like mine).

As you can see from the Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity Insti­tute for Vet­er­ans and Mil­i­tary Fam­i­lies poll results to the left, vet­er­ans selected the top pri­or­ity for tran­si­tion from mil­i­tary to civil­ian life as obtain­ing employ­ment, with job search resources and finan­cial assis­tance tied for sec­ond place and technical/vocational train­ing and sup­port from fam­ily and friends tied for third.

Absolutely not meant to be an exhaus­tive list, here are some very use­ful resources you may not be aware of that could help you to reach your next career goal.

Last year I talked about LinkedIn’s excit­ing Vet­er­ans Hack­day 2011 that was going on. There were many excel­lent sub­mis­sions and two of the three win­ners were apps for net­work­ing, job search and skills trans­la­tion. Let’s take a look.

Vet­er­ans on LinkedIn –Use Vet­er­ans to recon­nect with other mil­i­tary vet­er­ans on LinkedIn. Find insights such as where they work, what types of jobs they have, and where they live. I can see all the vet­er­ans I am con­nected to, where they live, what they do and where they work. This is a great way to net­work, con­nect with a men­tor and even some­one who can walk your resume into the HR or hir­ing manager’s office. Note: Recruiters, this is an excel­lent sourc­ing tool.

MOCHA (Mil­i­tary Occu­pa­tional Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Hack for advance­ment) –Online tool that allows vet­er­ans to search for job post­ings on LinkedIn using their mil­i­tary credentials.Also lists rel­e­vant civil­ian skills derived from these cre­den­tials to help map mil­i­tary expe­ri­ence to civil­ian jobs. Trans­lat­ing mil­i­tary skills in a resume and in job search engines is one of the most com­mon frus­tra­tions for vet­er­ans. MOCHA takes care of it for you and sug­gests civil­ian equiv­a­lent skills that with one click you can add to your pro­file. Your LinkedIn con­nec­tions can also endorse you for these skills with one sim­ple click.

Careeron­estop — The Vet­er­ans ReEm­ploy­mentsite pro­vides many tools in one place, from skills trans­la­tion to job search, edu­ca­tion ben­e­fits and other types of crit­i­cal sup­port. This might be a good place to start for new civil­ians. There is infor­ma­tion on eli­gi­bil­ity for unem­ploy­ment com­pen­sa­tion for those who are newly dis­charged from active duty witha branch of the U.S. mil­i­tary and have been sep­a­rated under hon­or­able con­di­tions. CareerOn­eStop is spon­sored by the U. S. Depart­ment of Labor,Employment and Train­ing Administration.

When it’s time to do that some­times daunt­ing job of for­mat­ting your skills and expe­ri­ence into a doc­u­ment, the eas­i­est way is to do it method­i­cally, sec­tion by sec­tion. The Google Resume Builderon Google for Vet­er­ans and Fam­i­lies could be just the tool to get the job done. Be sure to check out the other appli­ca­tions Google pro­vides for vet­er­ans, to include net­work­ing with other vet­er­ans via Google+. If you are in IT there is a rich vet­eran com­mu­nity wait­ing for you to cir­cle new connections.

The Vet­er­ans Tech­nol­ogy Pro­gram for post 9/11 vet­er­ans is designedto assist and pre­pare vet­er­ans as they tran­si­tion from the mil­i­tary to infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy or oper­a­tions careers in global corporations.It is a non-credit cer­tifi­cate pro­gram offered by Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity for vet­er­ans aspir­ing to careers in infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in large cor­po­ra­tions. Vet­er­ans enrolled in the pro­gram will receive indi­vid­u­al­ized skill enhance­ment, insight into cor­po­rate cul­ture, and an applied tech­nol­ogy edu­ca­tion. There is no cost to attend and the cam­pus is vir­tual. If I were a post 9/11 vet­eran I would 100% take advan­tage of this fab­u­lous opportunity.

At the Fed­eral level, has a com­plete suite of tools, in many ways sim­i­lar and com­ple­men­tary to My Next Move for Vet­er­ans.There are inter­est inven­tory pro­files, skills trans­la­tors, resume builders, job search, really too many tools to list. If you are inter­ested in work­ing in VA sys­tem to serve vet­er­ans, VA for Vets is for you. It’s worth a tall glass of iced tea (or what­ever) to check them out. I love the way the White House, Depart­ment of Labor and VA have really stepped up the tech­nol­ogy over the past 4 years. Unfor­tu­nately, instead of work­ing together to cre­ate one suite of highly effec­tive prod­ucts, apps and ser­vices, they all have them– and they inter­twine and are often redun­dant. It’s surely not sav­ing tax­payer dol­lars but it does pro­vide for hours and hours of brows­ing and info.

Also, remem­ber that there are vet Reps at your local One-Stop Career Cen­ter.

Con­sider a mentor/mentee rela­tion­ship with some­one who can help you on your path­way to a civil­ian career through one of the oppor­tu­ni­ties listed at the National Resource Direc­tory.

If you are a vet­eran who is well adjusted, happy and com­fort­able in the civil­ian world and your career, please con­sider vol­un­teer­ing to be a men­tor to a vet­eran who has yet to reach your level of civil­ian suc­cess through the same orga­ni­za­tions listed at NRD.

That’s it for this year!

P.S. I want to help too. Ask your ques­tions below or click the con­tact but­ton to send me an email. I’ll tap my net­work of Recruiters and HR experts to help out if needed.




sarkari naukri
sarkari naukri

There are still many resource on the internet. You just need is the guidance in taking decision.