With heartfelt gratitude for their outstanding service, bravery, and sacrifice, we dedicate this weekly roundup to our nation's veterans and active duty personnel who now look to transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce.
- The Value of a Veteran in a Competitive Business Environment
- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
This recent article on the Corporate Gray Blog cites a study of academic research by Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families titled The Business Case for Hiring a Veteran: Beyond the Clichés, which "supports a robust, specific, and compelling business case for hiring individuals with military background and experience."
IAVA is the country's first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among its many programs for vets and their families, IAVA's Combat to Careers initiative:
- provides free business suits to veterans
- helps hundreds of them navigate the job market at Smart Job Fairs
- offers critical training to vets through Google Resume Workshops
- advocates in government and business arenas on behalf of unemployed veterans
The blog Camo to Corporate serves as a forum of inspiring success stories, tips and advice, book reviews, as well as a collection of web links to military organizations, recruiting firms, and online resources to help veterans and active duty personnel transition successfully to careers in the civilian world.
MEA is a national, volunteer, non-profit organization of former and current active duty marines who provide transition assistance to fellow marines, such as:
- resume review
- job hunting and interview tips and techniques
- job posting by employers to the MEA web site
- resume posting by marines for employer download
- resume and interview coaching
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Walt Disney Co. announced the kickoff of a series of career expo events aimed at helping returning veterans make the transition to civilian life. The career expos are part of Disney's 2012 Heroes Work Here initiative to:
- provide at least 1,000 jobs and career opportunities for returning U.S. veterans over the next three years
- support military families and veterans during their transition into civilian life
- launch a national public awareness campaign to encourage all employers across the U.S. to hire veterans