Helping Employers Connect To Job Seeking Service Members, Veterans And Their Families


 

By Jueseppi B.

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr Jill Biden and Sgt Aron Wanless acknowledge soldiers during a jobs fair for military members and spouses, April 23, at Fort Campbell, Ky. To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr Jill Biden and Sgt Aron Wanless acknowledge soldiers during a jobs fair for military members and spouses, April 23, at Fort Campbell, Ky. To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.

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Remarks by the First Lady at Joining Forces Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum

 

Obama Administration Launches Online Veterans Employment Center: One-Stop-Shop Connects Veterans, Transitioning Service Members, and their Spouses to Employers

 

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden joined the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell on Wednesday at a comprehensive Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum.

 

The First Lady and Dr. Biden‘s message was clear: our commitment to our service members and their families does not end when their service does, which is why they launched Joining Forces three years ago this month.

 

Since then, companies who have made commitments to Joining Forces have hired over half a million (540,000) veterans and military spouses. Commitments from America’s biggest firms like UPS, who announced a doubling of their commitment to 50,000 new hires and Xerox who will has committed to hire 10,000 veterans and spouses over the next five years.

 

 

 

In June 2011, Dr. Biden launched the Military Spouse Employment Partnership with close to 60 companies. Today, Dr. Biden announced there are 228 partner employers with more than 1.8 million jobs posted on the MSEP Career Portal with more than 60,000 military spouse hires.

 

To help even more veterans and military spouses make the transition to civilian employment, Wednesday’s brought together the U.S. Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army’s Army Career and Alumni Program, Soldier for Life, and Installation Management Command, and local government agencies and chambers of commerce for a free employment summit and career forum on base. Interactive forums and panel discussions focused specifically on transitioning service members and providing them the resources they need to manage their transition – especially finding a job.

 

In fact, every branch of our military has adopted a new approach: every member of our armed forces will start preparing for their transition months before they leave – they’ll be drafting resumes, attending job fairs and summits like this one, applying for college if they want, and mapping out their next steps well before they hang up their uniform.

 

At the Summit, the First Lady unveiled the Administration’s Online Veterans Employment Center. This new online platform supports transitioning service members, veterans, and their spouses looking for new career opportunities. In 2011 the President called for a career-ready military, and led the first major transformation of the military transition process. He called on all of the federal government to work together to redesign the way we provide transition assistance and create clear pathways connecting our Veterans to meaningful careers.

 

The new Employment Center helps simplify the job search process by providing a single website which brings together the most important online career tools within government. This tool is a result of collaboration between the Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Office of Personnel Management, Small Business Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

Job seekers can use the “military skills translator” to match military career tracks with civilian occupations and critical skills, create and upload a resume online, and find public and private job openings in a single search. Employers are provided with a direct feed of resumes from Veteran applicants, can view reverse skills translation (military to civilian skills) for applicants, and can make public their own Veterans hiring goals.

 

Veterans will have access to:

  • Quick public resume posting with an instant connection to thousands of public and private employers
  • Target job searches based on specific, high-demand career paths
  • Single search for both public and private sector positions
  • Military skills translator and resume generator
  • Social media integration with bookmarking capability for saving job postings

 

Employers will have access to:

  • Targeted feed of qualified resumes from Veteran applicants
  • Reverse skills translation (military to civilian skills) for applicants
  • Showcase their Veterans hiring goals and make public their progress towards those goals
  • Connection to resources designed to help recruit and retain talented, Veteran employees

 

The Veterans Employment Center can be found at:https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs.

 

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12 Responses

  1. Lupita was on TV earlier… she – is – stunning! :)

    • Makes me wish I were 40 years younger. I miss you during the day. You doing OK?

      • Yeah, I’m doing well. I do feel sometimes like no matter what I do I’ll never get caught up. Monday to Wednesday are my heaviest work days. :)

        I haven’t cried over the dog for days but then tonight I felt overwhelming loss and cried… scared my husband but he did not miss a second of the soccer game. That’s what Asperger’s does for you! ;) I’ll be fine. I just miss that dog, she was my other half. I want to sink my fingers in her thick fur and give her massages. Her joints suffered and walking was difficult for her. The daily grooming and rubs were as much for me as her.

        Living with Asperger’s is like living with a cold, hard rock that breathes. Guess I’m in a not-so-good mood. I tend to stay quiet when I’m like this.

        So how are you today?

      • I am so busy covering Barack’s Asia trip, on a different time zone schedule, but enough about me….will you consider getting a new puppy or rescue dog?

      • I am dying to have another dog BUT, I am disabled and I would be committing others to care for the dog and I can’t do that to them or the dog. Life is easier without a dog… traveling is easier too. At this stage in my life I have to think with my head, not my heart. I’ve loved dogs, birds, horses, ponies, mice, roosters, hens, pigs and guinea pigs my whole life, now it’s time to stop.

        Thinking about Barack’s trip through Asia I thought ‘wow, what a wonderful experience’ that he and his family have had traveling the world! This has got to be a real blast! I also think of Barack’s mother, father and other family before… then I get teary. Who could predicted that a black man would become the leader of the greatest country in the world! It blows me away to think of these years in those terms. THIS makes me smile. :D

        You must check out my latest article on homework that was requested by a mom in Nebraska who attends the online groups. I like the article because it’s listed with simple ideas that work and I finally found free images that are diverse enough to make me happy. I even added links to resources and another article.

        http://jackiesaulmonramirez.com/2014/04/24/homework-approach-for-parents/

        Just think… if I had another dog it would eventually die and I’d be in the same fix as I am right now.

        See ya later! ;)

      • Yes, everything eventually dies, but the joy we get from our pets is like the joy we get from deep friendship, and we don’t stop having friends because they will eventually die. BUT I fully understand what you said about someone else taking care of your dog for you. I will reblog this homework post in a few, it’s very good and will be very helpful. I had to re-subscribe to your blog because I was not getting your notifications when you publish a blog post. WordPress has been un-following me from some blogs I follow, for a few weeks now.

      • Who knows what WordPress does! I actually had to re-subscribe to yours a long time ago when your posts stopped.

        No hurry, I was pleased to have it finished today and I liked how it turned out.

        About missing the dog… I think part of the reason I’ve mourned so deeply is that now that she is gone it illuminates my husband having Asperger’s. He can be sitting next to me and it’s as if I’m alone. There is no feeling or emotion in him. I don’t know who I feel sorrier for, him or me.

        One day at a time. :)

      • I am one of your biggest fans.

  2. I love this program! I wonder how people like me (I am pretty good at resume writing) can get involved and help. Think I will go find out.

    I adore Lupita, she is so to die for beautiful. If I weren’t me, I would marry her.

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