Help for Veterans Looking for Work

When Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines Come Home and Become Veterans...

Looking at the New York Post’s career articles this morning reminded me that I had always planned on doing a posting here that would be specifically aimed towards veterans.  According to the lead article, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 war vets is as high as 15 percent and goes up to 22 percent if you are looking only at male veterans.  There are a number of mistakes that vets often make when first looking for work as a civilian that can be easily avoided. If you are a veteran having trouble finding work,  I would strongly suggest taking a look at the Post’s main article, Operation Employment.  Two related articles in the same issue illustrate how military experience can prove critical to doing specific jobs that would not be obvious at first glance.    Reading Standing Orders and Officer in the Office  might spark some ideas for your own job search.  The titles above serve as links to the articles.

The state of Massachusetts also offers help to veterans looking for work. On Wednesday, May 25, Boston’s One-Stop Career Center will Co-Host a Veterans Job Fair. According to the press release “The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today announced that JobNet, Boston’s One-Stop Career Center will partner with Northeastern University, The New England Center for Homeless Veterans, America’s Job Exchange and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment’s VetSuccess to co-host the seventh annual Veterans Job Fair.” Click here for more details. For more information about the veterans services offered at the state’s One-Stop Career Centers and the state of Massachusetts visit

Have you thought of books as an additional tool for your job search? Two that the Newton Free Library lends are Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Guide: The Essential Job Search Handbook for Service Members by Janet I. Farley (2010)  and Best Careers for Veterans: Transitioning to Civilian Life published by Learning Express (2009).  Click here for more information on these and other books available through the Minuteman Library System.

Good luck.

vea/ 23 May 2011
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass.



One Response to Help for Veterans Looking for Work

  1. Follow up is everything in today’s competitive job market. So many applicants do a great job upfront presenting their personal brand, but completely strike out when it comes to sending a thank you. Very few employers are sold after the first pitch–the bulk of hiring happens with a strong follow up. Something as simple as this can make a huge impact in a hiring manager’s decision.
    Great post!

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