Hire Vets First – VETS
I hope that all veterans that need jobs or considering changing jobs know about this site on your nearby internet: Veterans’ Employment & Training Service (VETS).
It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. “Veterans Succeeding in the 21st Century Workforce”.
The mission statement for VETS is to provide veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st century workforce by maximizing their employment opportunities, protecting their employment rights and meeting labor-market demands with qualified veterans today.
Down the left side of the page are boxes of clickable information for
What grants are available?
2007 HVRP Urban and Non-Urban SGA
What are the requirements for priority of service?
Veterans, Service Members and Families
What is Veterans Preference?
Where can I find help with employment?
What should I know about licensing and certification?
How do I find qualified veterans?
What does USERRA require?
What is required of Federal contractors?
Down the right side of the page are clickable links to Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Information and other valuable resources. If I were a veteran looking for help in preparing for a job, I would start down the right hand column and click every line and at least scan what they have to offer, then sign up. Everything from how to get your documents, how to prepare a resume, how to convert your military experience into civilian readable lingo, how to convert your rank into comparable rank in a civilian organization, how to determine what jobs you may be qualified for, how to schedule interviews, what to wear, what to bring, what to say, how to conduct yourself, and where to find listings for both federal and civilian jobs that give veterans preference.
Here is what Department of Labor says about the TAP program:
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) workshops have provided job-search assistance to well over one million separating and retiring military members and their spouses since 1990. Studies have indicated those who attend TAP workshops find employment sooner than those not participating.
The Departments of Defense, Labor, Veteran Affairs and Transportation are dedicated to providing you with these important workshops for years to come. TAP workshops are conducted by professionally trained facilitators. Participants will learn how to write effective resumes and cover letters, proper interviewing techniques, and the most current methods for successful job searches. The workshops further provide labor market conditions, assessing your individual skills and competencies, information regarding licensing and certification requirements for certain career fields and up-to-date information regarding your veteran benefits. Information addressing the special needs of disabled veterans is also available
If you are out of a job with time on your hands, what do you have to lose? There is enormous resource information here. The manual can be downloaded and viewed on line – all 184 pages of it. Check it out!
Use the site above to decide what documents you need to get for your portfoleo and begin building a resume now. Enroll in the TAP program through VETS. Keep looking for a job with whatever you have, but if you want top dollar and want the very best chance of beating the other guy out, plan out a strategy and build a resume as a special project. It will make a difference, but don’t stop looking/trying just because you have not completed this program. Look for a job, work on the program, and if you have not been placed yet or are not satisfied with what you took, finish the program and apply again. You will be better prepared and better accepted.
There are some Special Programs you could be interested in – look at the very bottom of the right hand column and find
(These links here are shortcuts to the programs, the logos were added from the sites by me)
Next: Job listing site for current employment opportunities for veterans.