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Adapting Your Military Skills to Fit Corporate America

After 21 years of service in the military, Mike Bazinet of Grifols knows the struggles veterans face when entering corporate America. Watch the video below as he share his advice on how to adapt to a new environment using skills you learned during military training.

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How to Work with Local Veteran Organizations

Companies often reach out to organizations, like Easter Seals Dixon Center, to help find qualified veterans for their open positions. Learn from HUB International’s Charles Lilly on how they work with local veteran organizations to gain referrals, as well as tips on how to find a career you love.

Ready to find your next job? Visit Veterans.jobs .

Career Resources for Veterans and Military Spouses

Hiring Our Heroes (HOH), a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, helps veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. One of the many ways they fulfill their mission is through providing valuable digital resources on their website. Hear more from Eric Eversole, President at Hiring Our Heroes:

In June of 2015, HOH reached the milestone of 500,000 veterans and military spouses hired. Be a part of the next milestone and get started today! View hiring events and sign up for custom resources at https://www.myhoh.org/.

Veteran Job Seekers Should Do a Self-Assessment

With 2016 in full swing, many individuals are evaluating their future career plans. Taking time to do a self-assessment can be extremely valuable, especially for veteran job seekers. Eric Eversole of Hiring Our Heroes encourages veterans to think about what they’re trying to accomplish and how their skills will be attractive to employers. Hear Eric discuss more in the following video:

Service members should approach a civilian career in a similar fashion to the military. Be sincere and excited, and remember the work is still important – you’re just wearing a different uniform.

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Underemployment is Real

militaryhiremeHave you ever been underemployed? By definition, underemployment means “employed at a low-paying job that requires less skill or training than one possesses.” In the United States, the underemployment rate is 13.8 percent. How many friends and family members do you know that are underemployed? There are three types of Underemployment; Underemployment by Choice, Underemployment in Place, and Underemployment by Circumstance. Underemployment is a major concern that we often overlook with statements such as “at least I have a job,” or “I need money,” or I’ll take what I can get.” Here lies the problem.

I recently made the acquaintance of a veteran who served as an Army Ranger and transitioned a few years ago. Upon returning home to family and loved ones, he was dumb struck by the lack of great employment opportunities. So, he did what most people do – took what is available. He ended up being a high school custodial agent. This veteran is someone who served our country as a Ranger, and is able to make clear life and death decisions.

“Rangers are role model soldiers – mentally, morally, and physically – who use their minds as well as bodies to make sound judgments, reasoned decisions, and ultimately to never quit. Rangers demonstrate discipline both on and off duty, and their Regimental standards are enduring.” (Source: http://www.goarmy.com/ranger/being-a-ranger.html)

However, due to having a family and financial obligations, he has returned home and took a position that doesn’t utilize the tremendous skill set he obtained during his service. As employers and non-serving civilians, shouldn’t we take a step back and look at individuals with “Real World” experience such as veterans?

As civilians, we must make it our responsibility to better understand what experience veterans possess (for example: task oriented, clear collaboration, and physical prowess) and how we can make that transition easier.

Have you ever asked a veteran if he/she is happy in their job or would they choose a different career? Most importantly, have you asked yourself if you are underemployed?

Do something about It! Change your life.

One way we’re helping veterans is through Military Job Networks (MJN). It’s an exclusive online networking platform created and enabled only for verified U.S. Military Veterans. In addition, employers can join to connect with veterans and build a pipeline of candidates.

If you’re a civilian, visit My.jobs to search over one million openings. You can also set up an account to receive email alerts for opportunities that match your interests.


George H. Purcell II, President and Chief Executive Officer
Military Job Networks, Inc.

George H. Purcell II is a native Washingtonian. He is a graduate of Lycoming College, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications with a minor in Business Administration. George Studied abroad and participated in a business externship where he traveled abroad to over 15 countries studying real estate with a focus on European multifamily real estate. While in England he worked and studied at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England and engaged in an intense study of British real estate development. Mr. Purcell was employed by Bozzuto Homes a Bozzuto Group Company. During his tenure at Bozzuto, George oversaw the development of 500 Condominium units in the greater Washington Metropolitan area including projects upwards of $48 million dollars. In 2008 Mr. Purcell was fortunate to assume the responsibility of his family business ASAP Services Corporation Inc., a full-service home healthcare agency based in Washington D.C.

Resume Advice for Military Veterans

Imagine being on a recruitment team that receives over 60,000 applicants, but only has 2,100 job openings available. Companies like J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. face this challenge every year. While it’s vital for a job seeker’s resume to standout, veterans have to focus on pertinent items and resist the temptation of listing everything they’ve ever done. Veteran and Senior Director of Human Resources, Eric Airola, shares resume advice for military veterans so they can improve their chances of being hired.

Remember, boil your resume down to pertinent things and avoid copying and pasting from a manual. In addition, don’t overlook the value of networking – as pointed out in the video, 45% of J.B. Hunt’s hires are referrals!

Is your resume ready to go? Find your next career on My.jobs.

How To Translate Military Skills to an Employer

Translating military experience can be a unique challenge for veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. Kevin Fretz, HR Director at Severn Trent Services, discusses how veterans can get their foot in the door by aligning their skills with the company’s needs and goals.

Ready to start searching for a new job? Visit Veterans.jobs.

Maximizing Your Veterans Connect Career Fair Experience

After success in San Diego, California in October of 2013, we will once again be hosting a Veterans Connect Career Fair –– this time in the Washington, D.C. metro area! Now more than ever, companies are looking to employ veterans, transitioning service members and their families to improve the labor market and provide opportunities to those looking for civilian jobs. This free event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City (2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

As of this date, participating employers include:

This career fair will not only give veteran job seekers the opportunity to chat with employers, but also participate in on-site interviews, interact with other veterans at Vet-to-Vet tables, obtain resume and interview advice from an experienced recruiter, and much more. If you’re going to be in the D.C. metro area, take a moment and register today!

For those planning to attend, there are a few things you can do to maximize your experience:

  • Research the employers that will be participating to help you determine which ones are the best fit for your skills and interests.
  • Bring an updated copy of your résumé. We will be photocopying résumés to provide to the employers after the career fair, so no need to worry about bringing enough copies!
  • Dress professionally or as you would for an interview.
  • Make your military experience relevant to the occupation you’re seeking. In other words, relate your experience to employable skills and how they could make you an asset in a specific position.
  • Get a business card from every employer with whom you speak. This gives you the opportunity to follow-up after the career fair ends, which leads us to our last tip…
  • Follow-up with a thank you note and another copy of your résumé.

Can’t make it? Check out Veterans.jobs where you can search thousands of jobs based on your MOS/MOC, or register to participate in our upcoming online military career fair taking place April 17, 2014 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m EDT. This free event allows you to network with a wide variety of reputable employers nationwide — all online from the comfort of your home. Best of luck in your search!

Introducing VetConnect.DirectEmployers.org – An Online Resource for Veterans and Employers

DirectEmployers Association has created a new resource to help better connect veterans, transitioning military personnel and military families with employers who are offering meaningful civilian jobs. Through the website VetConnect.DirectEmployers.org, both employers and servicemembers can find opportunities to interact via in-person career fairs and online career fairs, as well as resources to help ease the search process.

Key takeaways:

  • Veterans have a new resource to find employment with Veterans Connect
  • Both veterans and employers will find information about upcoming online and in-person career fairs

Need more advice? Check out our Job Seeker Advice board on Pinterest or view more Help Wanted blog posts.

Veterans Connect Career Fair Preview

DirectEmployers Association and its Members make a concerted effort to reach veterans, military personnel and their families through a variety of partnerships and initiatives, including online and onsite career fairs. This fall, we are hosting the 2013 Annual Meeting & Conference in San Diego, California. To kick off the event and embrace the local military presence, we are holding our first-ever Veterans Connect Career Fair. This event takes place Monday, October 21, 2013 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort from 10 am – 2 pm and gives attendees the opportunity to interact with a number of Fortune 500 and 1000 companies actively hiring.

By attending this event, veterans, transitioning servicemembers, and their families have the ability to meet face-to-face with recruiters, pass out resumes, participate in onsite interviews, network with other veterans, and even obtain valuable resume and interview advice. While we are still accepting employer registrations, participating employers currently include:

If you are seeking employment, be sure to search Veterans.jobs for open positions in your area. With the implementation of the Military Crosswalk tool, you can even search by your MOC/MOS code, or look for jobs near your military base.

If you’re stationed in San Diego, or in the area on October 21, we encourage you to register online for this free event today and take advantage of the opportunity to network and, possibly, find the career you’ve been looking for!

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