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Online career fairs are a quick and easy way to stand out from the hundreds of other applicants and really get an employer's attention. But without the right preparation, it can turn into a race against the clock to relay your professional value while also getting useful information about the company's career prospects. GettingHired is holding a free online career fair on October 5th for job seekers with disabilities to connect with inclusive employers, actively looking for talented candidates with disabilities. Maximize your online career fair experience using this 5 step checklist...
Veteran hiring has become a big topic for employers over the last five years. 2014 saw a record low of the U.S. veteran unemployment rate for the last eight years, with job opportunities opening up particularly within federal contracting companies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this has continued to drop and businesses are beginning to recognize the value veterans can bring to their business objectives. We take a look at some of the unique qualities that veterans can bring...
Have you heard of the new 'Ban the Box' initiative? It's aim is to improve ex-offenders employment opportunities, which have been bleak for many years. This could also be good news for some people with disabilities in improving their employment prospects.
As most veterans are acutely aware, all separating military service members will receive a government issued DD-214 discharge paper when officially leaving the service and returning to civilian status. Most military enlisted members are typically bound to completing a term of enlistment. However, there are other ways of voluntary or involuntarily separating from active-duty military status, including separating prior to completing a typical 4-year term enlistment obligation.
For many transitioning veterans, negotiating and making decisions on proposed civilian employee benefit packages is truly a different world. While in the military, a veteran can easily become comfortable and accustomed to an abundance of free health and dental care, legal services, housing benefits, the GI Bill for those interested in continuing education, along with a list of other perks that are generally included with their enlistment.
Generally speaking, there are various transition enhancement programs available for returning veterans such as the 2011 President's Executive Order 13518, "Veterans Employment Initiative Task Force." This measure is specifically designed to bolster recruitment and employment by providing various tax credits and other incentives to employers that hire deserving returning veterans. There is also the Department of Defense's "Transition Assistance Program" (TAP), that trains separating veterans on crossing the cultural bridge to the civilian world.
Dr. Philip S. Wang, of the National Institute of Mental Health Alliance for Research Progress in Bethesda, MD states, "Some data is emerging that employer interventions can improve productivity and reduce employee turnover ..."
A recent PEW study titled, "The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life," surveyed 1,853 male and female 'post 9/11' veterans to discover their perspectives on the level of difficulty associated with transitioning and readjusting from the military to civilian life. The results of the study produced some startling data...
GettingHired had a chance to interview Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), at the U.S. Department of Labor, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.