en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:37:23 -0400 15 Tactical Veteran: Social media can be link to your next job Gone are the days when handing out paper résumés to potential employers was the main way - and sometimes the only way - to land a job. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:20:00 -0400 Website matches Marines' skills with certifications The Marine Corps has rolled out a comprehensive new website to help Marines capitalize on their military training by earning equivalent civilian certifications that can lead to jobs in the civilian workforce. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:42:00 -0400 These federal contractors are hiring vets now Companies that do business with the federal government employ a big chunk of the U.S. workforce - and if you're a veteran looking to join their ranks, federal law requires that they give you a leg up. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:16:00 -0400 Overseas federal contractor jobs common in industry After Scott Lang's tours in Iraq and Kuwait, you might think the last thing he would want to do is go back to the Middle East. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:21:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: Heal your wounds to prepare for civilian life Separating from the military is tough enough in and of itself, but many veterans leave the military with issues that make their transition much more difficult. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:53:00 -0400 American Legion boss: Vets have earned federal hiring preference The American Legion has a message for federal workers upset over veterans preference rules: Get over it. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:59:00 -0400 Post-9/11 vet jobless rate drops in September Unemployment for the latest generation of veterans tumbled in September, continuing a period of roller-coaster volatility for the measure, as the unemployment rate for the nation as a whole ticked down amid significant job gains, government data show. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:26:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: A deeper dive on landing apprenticeships In my last column, I looked at three organizations that give veterans an opportunity to get their foot in the door of a blue-collar job through apprenticeship opportunities. This week, I go a little deeper into the details. Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:05:00 -0400 Survey: 65% of vets likely to leave 1st civilian job within 2 years Roughly two-thirds of veterans are likely to leave their first post-military job within two years because of problems like low job satisfaction and limited opportunities for advancement, according to a new survey by employment specialists. Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:36:00 -0400 U.S. awards $450M to link job training, employers The Obama administration is awarding nearly a half-billion dollars to community colleges that are partnering with employers on job training. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:38:00 -0400 Soldier sues Florida for discrimination A three-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has sued Gov. Rick Scott and top officials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, whom he claims stripped him of his job because of his military service. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:06:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: Apprenticeships can be path to solid career In my last column, I talked a bit about 'blue-collar' occupations and broke down some of the pathways into those careers. This week I'd like to talk in a bit of detail about another such potential pathway: apprenticeships. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:21:00 -0400 U.S. to train veterans to install solar panels The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:25:00 -0400 A gym & a prayer: Marine vet's CrossFit business draws on personal ties Pete Doan tried the working man's life after leaving the Marine Corps in 2010. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:01:00 -0400 Flexibility key for spouses, says AF secretary's husband In Frank Beatty's experience in the private sector, discussions about job losses and benefits cuts are not limited to the military community. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:31:00 -0400 Post-9/11 vet unemployment at 8.1 percent in August The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans dropped by more than a point in August, government data show, but the 8.1 percent rate is still well above the dramatic lows charted a few months ago. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:45:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: Maybe a blue-collar job is perfect for you The thought of attending college for two or more years may have you thinking of passing up the chance to use your GI Bill benefits. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:59:00 -0400 Pilot program to launch to help spouses earn college credit Defense officials are launching a pilot program in the fall that will help military spouses put together portfolios of education and work experience for possible college credit. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:49:00 -0400 Spouse to receive White House entrepreneurship honor Air Force wife Adrianna Domingos-Lupher said she was 'floored' when she learned she is being honored as a White House Champion of Change, but she didn't become an entrepreneur for the recognition. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:43:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: 5 questions to help you choose college major - and career It's not uncommon for service members to fully enjoy what they're doing in their military careers, but think that they could easily see themselves doing something much different in another field once they make the jump to the civilian world. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:54:00 -0400 Vets in workforce ramp up as military gears down About 1,200 soldiers were ordered and urged by Fort Bragg brass to prepare Wednesday for their future mission: transition to a civilian job. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:05:00 -0400 Vets everywhere can log on to virtual job fair Hiring Our Heroes wants to take its veterans job fairs beyond major cities to small towns across the country. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:04:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: Put school to the test before you enroll Knowing you have GI Bill benefits to cover the cost of tuition for school should make the decision to attend college easier. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:48:00 -0400 Military spouses move up - while constantly moving Denise Hunter began her career with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in 1987 as a food service worker at an AAFES-owned Baskin-Robbins concession in Katterbach, Germany. Sat, 02 Aug 2014 15:05:00 -0400 Post-9/11 vet unemployment rate jumps again in July The volatile unemployment rate for the youngest generation of veterans jumped again in July, reaching 9.2 percent, matching the highest monthly rate recorded so far this year, government data show. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:16:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: Vets making move from battlefields to farm fields Some veterans are finding a new way to serve their country after separating from the military - they're leaving battlefields for farm fields. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:07:00 -0400 Commentary: Industry credentials are solid first step in transition Many programs and initiatives have been launched over the past few years to help veterans get civilian jobs, and many employers have committed to hire and even train veterans. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:46:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: Private security contractor jobs offer good money - with risks How does a six-figure, tax-free job overseas sound? Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0400 Post-9/11 veterans unemployment at 7 percent in June Following a sharp drop in May, the unemployment rate for the youngest generation of veterans jumped substantially in June, government data show. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:40:00 -0400 STEM skills more important to employers than bachelor's degree, study indicates High school graduates with a background in science, technology, engineering and math are in higher demand in the job market than college grads without such skill, according to a new Brookings Institution study. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:45:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: Frustrated job-seeker may need to adjust strategy A reader recently sent me this anguished email: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:12:00 -0400 Some military household goods shipments 'held hostage' Some service members' household goods shipments are being held by subcontractors in an effort to force contractors to pay for other work they've performed, according to the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, the executive agency responsible for Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:54:00 -0400 Va. gets $3.4M grant for veteran employment Virginia is getting a $3.4 million federal grant to help veterans better gain employment. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:07:00 -0400 Small business training for veterans set for major expansion The Small Business Administration announced a major expansion of their post-military entrepreneurship training efforts Tuesday, unveiling a plan to open the program beyond transitioning troops to any interested veteran. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:01:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: Boosting your odds of landing a federal job In the military and in life, we all inevitably hit a roadblock or two that stops us from accomplishing a goal or task. When that happens, the best option is usually to backtrack and focus on what led you to that roadblock. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:31:00 -0400 Behind the baggage: Screening luggage is a big deal, but TSA does far more The U.S. Transportation Security Administration: Keeping our skies safe, one piece of luggage at a time. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:19:00 -0400 Marine vet-turned-reservist manages American Red Cross disaster response When floods devastated Colorado last fall, the Red Cross mobilized in force. More than 830 workers provided food, shelter, relief supplies and emotional support. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:23:00 -0400 Recruiters & business owners talk hard-to-fill jobs Gunnery Sgt. Chris Albright left the Marine Corps in 2013 and jumped right into his new career as owner of CMIT Solutions in northern Virginia, a national information technology franchise. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:49:00 -0400 Vet unemployment drops again in May, beating nation's unemployment rate The unemployment rate for the latest generation of veterans dropped significantly in May, falling a point below a steady national unemployment rate, government data show. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:03:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: STEM companies aggressively seeking veterans Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hit the nail on the head when he said in a 2011 interview: 'Innovations and creativity in science, technology, engineering and math will be the drivers of tomorrow's economy.' Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:01:00 -0400 For veteran volunteers, story is part of the work Jules Toraya rattled off his life story as quickly as he could: a desire for public service, five years in the Army, environmental work for the last four, and now a new fellowship to help vets find jobs. Then he glanced at the clock. Wed, 28 May 2014 09:06:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: STEM is fast track to getting ahead Science, technology, engineering and mathematics - closely interrelated fields that are referred to by the acronym STEM - are crucial for driving innovation, both for our country and for the world. Wed, 14 May 2014 10:26:00 -0400 Vets push Congress for more support of vet entrepreneur programs Veteran business owners and advocates expressed some frustration with federal programs intended to help budding entrepreneurs, but they largely pushed lawmakers to provide more funding and support for such programs, not less, during a recent congressional Wed, 14 May 2014 10:24:00 -0400 Vet hiring initiative sees swift progress The 100,000 Jobs Mission, which has already surpassed its initial goal of hiring that many vets by 2020, is nearly three-quarters of the way to its revised goal of 200,000 vet hires, according to a project official. Wed, 07 May 2014 17:01:00 -0400 Starting and supporting vet-owned businesses The military teaches service members leadership skills and responsibility that many civilians can't match. Yet the unemployment rate for the latest generation of veterans has long been higher than that of civilians. Mon, 05 May 2014 16:36:00 -0400 Post-9/11 vet unemployment holding steady under 7 percent The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans was 6.8 percent in April, holding relatively steady and maintaining the significant drop in unemployment chalked up in March, government statistics show. Sun, 04 May 2014 09:37:00 -0400 Classes give transitioning troops business know-how Many service members dream of opening their own businesses after leaving the military. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:13:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: Supporting special needs children in military families A couple of columns back, I wrote about some of the resources available for dependent children who must undergo considerable transition challenges when their military parent makes a permanent change-of-station move. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:28:00 -0400 First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for co Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:26:00 -0400 Hook your first corporate customer Just about every small-business owner and entrepreneur dreams of landing that 'big fish' client - the Fortune 500 company, defense contractor, Internet powerhouse. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:56:00 -0400 Aviation certifications: Big payoff for learning technical job skills Former Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Andre Lafabregue tried other things, but he just couldn't scratch that itch. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:44:00 -0400 How retired colonel got appointed to the bench - no law degree required The first thing John R. Chavez did when he started his new job: He went to jail. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:08:00 -0400 Tactical Veteran: Job fairs offer personal link If you're on the hunt for employment but you've been going about it mainly by sitting in your house scrolling through endless job listings on the Internet, think about getting out to some job fairs. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:16:00 -0400 Best for Vets: Employers 2014 Troops transitioning out of the military often worry that the jobs they did in uniform will be irrelevant to the jobs they want out of uniform. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:31:00 -0400 DoD appears to expect fewer jobless vets by 2015 If the Pentagon's latest budget projections are any indication, the issue of veterans' unemployment may be easing. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:13:00 -0400 Post-9/11 monthly vet unemployment rate back down Following a big jump in February, the March unemployment rate for the latest generation of veterans saw an even bigger decrease, the Labor Department's latest employment report shows. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:05:00 -0400