8 Leaders in the Fight to Find Jobs for Veterans
In today’s economy, U.S. Veterans often face an incredibly difficult transition from the military to the civilian workforce. Finding meaningful employment in the private and public sectors is, unfortunately, one of the greatest challenges faced by the men and women who have courageously defended our Freedom and the ideals of America. We have identified 8 resources that we believe represent the very best efforts to empower our Veterans to find employment back home. We strongly recommend visiting their websites and blogs and connecting with them via social media. These are the leaders who are helping our Heroes find jobs:
The Value of a Veteran
Lisa Rosser (@ValueOfaVeteran) combines the real-world experience of a U.S. Army Veteran with the professional credentials of an accomplished human resources professional – and she delivers results for her clients and Veteran job seekers on a daily basis. Founded in 2007, The Value of a Veteran helps organizations improve their Veteran recruiting and retention policies. Lisa has a tremendous amount of actionable content on her site and The Value of a Veteran Blog. Whether you are a Veteran seeking a new employment opportunity or a company who is interested in recruiting and hiring Veterans, Lisa Rosser has the ability to articulate – and help you navigate – the unique circumstances and contingency issues that often impact Veteran employment.
Post Military Employment
Tony Palm (@MilitaryPros) is a decorated Veteran of the U.S. Navy and a staffing professional whose focus is on finding jobs for transitioning warfighters. Tony is actively growing a network of Veterans and Veteran supporters at Post Military Employment. This is a fairly new venture, but one that is demonstrating an unwavering commitment to helping Veterans gain a foothold in the workforce after returning from active duty. As their tagline states: Today’s Elite Military. Tomorrow’s Workplace Professionals.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the largest nonprofit and nonpartisan organization supporting Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. This is a large and well-established organization, very visible in the media and actively helping to craft an accurate narrative about the realities Veterans are facing – both in combat and back home in America. IAVA was founded by U.S. Army Veteran Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) after he returned from active duty in Iraq in 2004. As a frequent speaker, Veteran advocate and author, Mr. Rieckhoff is among the most visible and impactful supporters of the New Greatest Generation.
Hero 2 Hired
Hero 2 Hired is a multi-layered resource provided by the Department of Defense through its Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. In addition to traditional job board functionality that is focused on employment opportunities with companies who are actively hiring Veterans, H2H (@H2HJobs) also offers an array of employment and training resources for transitioning Vets. Check out the H2H blog for information on job fairs for Veterans around the country and other tips for Veteran job seekers.
RecruitMilitary is a Veteran-owned and Veteran-operated full-service military-to-civilian recruiting firm that specializes in connecting the best employers and companies with every type of former military personnel. In November 2011, RecruitMilitary (@RecruitMilitary) was honored with the First Annual Lee Anderson Small Business Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They followed up that prestigious award in 2012 with the One More Way Award from the Sierra Group Foundation. If you are a Veteran struggling to find employment opportunities, RecruitMilitary is one of the best resources available – and it’s entirely free for Vets.
VOB (@VeteranOwned) is a comprehensive listing of nearly 15,000 small, medium and large businesses owned by United States military Veterans. The listings span every industry and business type and it is a great place for Veteran business owners to network and explore partnership and employment opportunities. It is entirely free for Veteran-owned businesses to get listed in the directory and there is the potential for great visibility among government agencies, corporations and other businesses that are searching for products and services from Veteran-owned businesses.
Call of Duty Endowment
The Call of Duty Endowment was started by video game-maker Activision Blizzard (makers of Call of Duty and other popular titles) and provides resources and funding for organizations that help Veterans with job placement and job training. CODE (@Code4Vets) has raised millions of dollars in support of Veteran employment initiatives and programs that aid Vets in their transition to civilian life.
VAntage Point Blog
Alex Horton is the primary voice of the VAntage Point Blog and its Twitter presence (@DeptVetAffairs), but there is an entire team of dedicated individuals who are trying to bridge the gap between the VA and the Veterans it serves. Veterans and their families often find themselves unable to navigate the bureaucratic red tape and policy requirements that govern much of the VA’s services. VAntage Point breaks through the gridlock and the confusion to deliver information and engage Veterans in ways that benefit everyone. If you’re a Veteran who has become frustrated with the VA, this is a great window to find information and a better understanding of how the Department of Veterans’ Affairs can help you – in your job search and beyond.