Don’t procrastinate during your job search. “Don’t wait until you’re about to get out. Start early, preferably a year before your transition.”
Don’t treat your military time like a jail sentence. “Go to as many schools as possible. Earn as many promotions as possible. Pick up a variety of skills – these will make you more marketable in the civilian world.”
Consider re-enlistment as an option. “Stay in uniform if you’re not 100 percent sure about your transition. The economy is rough right now. You need to be fully prepared and committed when entering the civilian work force.” - advice from Army veteran James Jacobson, who has been working his way up the corporate since being employed by Dunbar Armored – one of the world’s premier security companies.
A recent article stated that the U.S. Department of Labor reported a drop in unemployment rate of recent younger veterans from 12% to 7.3%. Indeed, the 7.3% is just barely higher than the 7.2% for non-veterans. Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer for the 200,000 member organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), commented,
"This is an extremely positive step. It's the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people both in and out of the government. But this isn't the time to take our eye off the ball."
"The data for veterans presents a bleak picture with an all-veterans unemployment rate of 10 percent. Further analysis of the data shows a 13 percent unemployment rate for females and 9 percent for males. This is especially problematic for the 20-24 year old age group where unemployment was 23.4 percent in the month of December.”
Not too surprisingly, they also provided this advice: “Don’t believe everything you read – even (or especially) if it is in a government report.”
Well, we can’t let those differing unemployment figures prevent us from our goal of helping those current members of the military, who will soon return to civilian life, and veterans, to get employed. Here is one conference and three free job fairs in Texas this week.
1. Orion South Central Military Hiring Conference (September 22nd-23rd)
Note: this is not really a job fair and you must contact them in order to attend their function. The date for this conference is tomorrow, Monday!
2. Veteran Career Expo (September 24, 2013)
Club Hood Bldg. 5764
24th Street & Wainwright Drive
Ft. Hood, TX 76544
3. Dallas Career Fair (Tuesday, September 24, 2013)
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Park Inn by Radisson - Dallas Love Field
1241 West Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75247
4. Austin Career Fair (Monday, September 30, 2013)
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Norris Conference Center Austin
2525 West Anderson Lane, Suite 365
Austin, TX 78723
Over the next six months, National Careers Fairs will sponsor 300 upcoming job fairs in 76 cities in the U.S., including eight here in Texas. And Military.com publishes a large list of upcoming job fairs throughout the country for the remainder of 2013.
Note: here you can find some tips in preparing your resume before you attend a job fair. And make sure you have a minimum of 50 copies with you.
We veterans wish to congratulate all of you who have joined our ranks of those who have served our country. And we wish you the best of luck in finding employment at these four job fairs as well as those that are scheduled over the next six months!