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Respecting Vets’ Skills
The veteran unemployment rate continues its downward trend in February, according to the Veterans’ Employment & Training Service's (VETS) monthly Veteran Employment Update.
In fact, VETS, which is a review of data from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly Economic News Release, notes that in February 2017 the veteran unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent.
It continues “a positive outlook for veteran unemployment,” says VETS.
This is heartening, indeed, particularly if you’re currently making the transition from military to civilian service. It shows how employers are increasingly putting a premium on military experiences and how they’re actively seeking individuals with these exact skill sets.
What’s even more encouraging are the stories in this issue of the Hispanic veterans who’ve made the same respective career journeys from military to civilian service at G4S, NAVAIR, DynCorp, Amazon, New York Life Insurance Company and Southwest Airlines. On page 16 you can see how they’re succeeding in the civilian workforce as employers place a high value on their expertise.
And each one of them is capitalizing on resources available to them - from the military ones that helped them make the move into civilian life to the ones within their current companies and agencies.
All have transferred a love of what they did in the military into a new career. For Jarus Perez, who graces the cover with his physician-prescribed service dog Odysseus (Ody), it was important to transfer the abilities he honed for more than seven years as a U.S. Army Calvary scout, military police officer and platoon sergeant - especially after the injuries he sustained from an IED in Afghanistan led to his separation from the Army.
Perez describes transitioning from military service to the civilian workforce as “the most challenging endeavor I ever experienced.” But in the process he found a new passion for the security industry and a new identity as training specialist for G4S.
Today Perez’s Army training carries over to his position at G4S, where he trains security officers and provides them with the tools necessary to excel at their duties.
“Working at G4S allowed me to pass the knowledge I gained from being in the field to others,” he says, praising the company’s military-friendly environment, as well as the value it places on hiring former military personnel for the experience they bring.
The article on page 32 underscoring the vast and diverse opportunities with government and defense contractors features several veterans, as well. All of them share sage advice for fellow Hispanic professionals and veterans on the same journey.
If you’re seeking a career filled with security, innovation and growth, then you should be banking on the existing and emerging openings in banking, finance and insurance. On page 26 meet employees who explain the ins and outs of their jobs while noting the burgeoning demand for bilingual professionals in these industries.
Then flip to page 40 to understand why the rapid growth in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries has manifested a host of career possibilities for job seekers.
To further help you in your job search, log onto EOP’s website, eop.com, to view some great resume tips from the Department of Labor and register for free for our 2017 career expos.
There, you can also access our Diversity and Inclusion Career Center. It’s an invaluable resource for your job search where you can post resumes, view job possibilities and set job alerts.
Happy job hunting!
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