At the federal level, members of the House of Representatives from every state are targeting disabled veterans for jobs in their home district offices through a new national Wounded Warriors employment program. The program offers a two-year fellowship.
Before they were famous, many truly influential men and women started by serving their country in the US military or grew up in military families.

Employing More Military Veterans

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The 10 year unemployment rate for transitioned veterans who served since 2001 is higher than the civilian rate of unemployment - 11.7 compared to 8.6 percent for nonveterans.

Still, for the same years, the unemployment rate for all veterans overall was a bit lower than for civilians.

It's hard to say whether programs aimed at employing veterans are helping, but the commitment is certainly strong: the nation wants to thank you by helping you find a good career opportunity after military service.

WOUNDED WARRIORS AIMED AT VETERAN EMPLOYMENT

At the federal level, members of the House of Representatives from every state are targeting disabled veterans for jobs in their home district offices through a new national Wounded Warriors employment program. The program offers a two-year fellowship.

LARGE CORPORATIONS APPRECIATE VETERANS

Samantha Un, Lockheed spokeswoman, said Lockheed has a dedicated military recruiting team to actively hire and transition veterans into their private sector jobs.

Frank Messina, co-owner of ALLRISK, said he encourages the military to seek out his company for employment because they will receive preferential treatment for jobs. The firm hires technicians and managers and trains them in the remediation of businesses damaged by fire, flood or mold.

"If it came down to two people for a job, I would always lean toward a veteran not only because of experience, maturity, organizational skills or leadership, but because they served the country and put their life on the line. The least we can do is give them employment if we can," he said.

EDUCATING YOUR INTERVIEWERS ABOUT YOUR MILITARY ADVANTAGE

Many prospective employers view military experience - leadership, responsibility and hard work - as an asset.

The lessons of the military are indeed beneficial. You develop organizational skills, a sense of purpose, leadership, and diverse skill sets. You are motivated and a great team player.

But some employers are unaware of these inherent military skills also make veterans equipped to perform beyond their peers in the civilian workforce.
And if you are still in the Reserve and do two weeks training every summer, there are some companies that don't understand your commitment to the service and fear the interruption to your work schedule.

Be sure to show your prospective employer how your military career and the character it has instilled in you - determination, resourcefulness, ability to do whatever it takes - are all highly valuable assets in the workplace, unmatched by most civilians. Cite your experiences in your military career and show how those skills translate into making you their most valuable employee. You know you can do the job; help your employer to see it, too.



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