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Will You Serve as a “Difference Maker” for a Veteran?

As reported by “The U.S. Department of Labor,” The Lowest June Veteran Unemployment Rate in 10 Years occurred last month (1).

“In June 2017, the veteran unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, down from 4.2 percent last June, and the lowest June rate since 2007. In comparison, the non-veteran unemployment rate for June 2017 was 4.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted) (1).”

This is a major victory for our military friendly businesses and individual Difference Makers – advocating against the issues plaguing Veterans.

We as Difference Makers must continue to advocate and support our Veterans to hold these numbers.  We must also understand that those immediately transitioning out of the military who are aged 18 – 34 continue to struggle to find employment.  Veterans - both male and female in those groups lost ground compared to last year.  The below numbers show the comparison.

Unemployment Rate

                                                June 2016        June-2017       Change

Veterans, ages 18 - 24        5.7                    8.6                      2.9 (negative)
Male                                     7.0                    8.5                      1.5 (negative)
Female                                 NDA                 NDA                    NDA
Nonveterans, ages 18-24    11                    9.5                      -1.5 (positive)

 

Veterans, ages 25 – 34        6.4                   7.8                       1.4 (negative)
Male                                       6.3                   7.3                       1.0 (negative)
Female                                   6.8                  10.3                      3.5 (negative)
Nonveterans, ages 25 – 34   5.1                   4.2                      -.9 (positive)
NDA = No Data Available.
* All data pulled from citation (2).

For those preparing to transition and looking for employment, we also noted that the following unemployment rates for states rose: Alaska (6.6% to 6.8%), Delaware (4.1% to 4.4%), District of Columbia (5.4% to 5.5%), Massachusetts (3.7% to 4.1%), Minnesota (3.3% to 3.4%), Ohio (4.4% to 4.6%), South Dakota (2.6% to 2.9%), Texas (4.3% to 4.4%), and Virginia (3.7% to 3.8%).  Although, it should still be noted that Massachusetts, Minnesota, South Dakota are all below the national unemployment rate even though their unemployment rates rose.

One way Difference Makers can help advocate and reduce the unemployment rate with Veterans is to help them network.  “The number one method Veterans use to find jobs is by leveraging their network (3).”  From the survey, 32% of the Veterans knew someone at the company.  The other methods used by Veterans to secure employment were 11% or lower.  Having someone hand over your resume to a hiring official is no secret to Corporate America.  To help alleviate the issues plaguing Veterans, we need more Veteran Advocates and Supporters, which we affectionately call Difference Makers.  If you have an unemployed Veteran in your network, you can simply offer to catch up over a cup of coffee, lunch, etc.  An exploratory discussion that helps identify goals towards employment can lead to a positive difference towards employment – Be Proactive Difference Makers.

Difference Makers can also help spread the word that VIP Recruiting is hosting a career fair on 12 September 2017.  All job seekers are welcome.  The date and theme were selected to bring awareness about the issues plaguing Veteran and their Dependent employment. We stated we would never forget the tragedies that took place on 9/11. Many Veterans were deployed the following day - 9/12. VIP Recruiting is trying to repay Veterans and their Dependents for their service and support to our nation with employment opportunities on 12 September 2017.

Here are some of the highlights of the event--

- James A Haley Hospital will be in attendance to help sign Veterans up for their benefits.
- We will be offering free desserts (while supplies last) from local restaurants at a networking event that will be going on simultaneously.
- We now have + 30 companies that have committed to attending our event.
- Attendees can also get a free photo to update their LinkedIn account.
- Attendees can get their resume reviewed by HR professionals at the event.

VIP Recruiting has innovated a methodology to help anyone attending our career fairs to build their network while optimizing their brand.  We call this the “content and connections” portion of our upcoming career fair.

We have lined up five great sessions as content.

  • 10:30 – 11:00 Recruiter’s “Tell All”
    1. Lessons Learned & Do's and Don’ts - from OUR side of the Desk.
  • 11:10 – 11:40 Beyond "Transition" - Transformed!
    1. Best Practices from “Been There –Done That” & Got More Than A “Tee-Shirt.  Tampa-based vets journey (and jump) to the business world.
  • 11:50 – 12:30 Put Your Best “YOU” Forward
    1. Informal brown bag lunch with Sheila Neisler of Catalyst – A Marketing Company.  Create Your Own Brand & Walk the Talk! A brand: it’s not just for Fortune 500 companies anymore.
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Keynote:  Pat Huston of Geek Speak Solutions
    1. If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine what an on-line video resume is worth!  Pat will show you how to create your own on-line resume using your own smartphone. She’ll also share best “Tricks of the Trade” to enhance your LinkedIn Profile.
  • 1:40 – 2:15 Creating a high-impact “Paper Trail”
    1. Adrianna Smithson of Keiser University will share Secrets of “Paper to Placement.” Learn to create an effective cover letter, resume, references and thank you letter.

We will also be serving desserts from local restaurants.  If you attend our career fair please join us at our content and connections portion of the event.  Walk up to someone you’ve never met and strike up a conversation.  You might add someone to your network that can be part of the 32% that introduces you to a company – bridging the gap between you the candidate and a perspective employer.

You can read more about the career fair and those companies that have confirmed their attendance at the following link: http://viprecruitinghub.com/current-events/

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Entrepreneurship for Military Spouses

As reported in an article by the U.S. Small Business Administration ,entrepreneurship is an alternative form of employment for Military Dependents.  With more than a million military spouses (700K married to active duty service members and 400K to reservists) we need to advocate for changes to reduce the 23 percent unemployment rate.  The current unemployment reported by the U.S. Department of Labor for May is 4.3 percent.  That is nearly a 20 percent delta difference for being a Dependent.  Moving every two to three years (normal tour length) can create a host of barriers to employment.

If you are a Military Dependent and thinking about becoming an entrepreneur then read the "Entrepreneurship for Military Spouses."   The SBA could assist you with capital for a loan, counseling (webinars, one-on-one, and event training), and contracting.

How can the VIP Nation become a Difference Maker?

Entrepreneurial groups can invite Military Dependents into their discussions, assist with business planning and make introductions to contacts that can assist with unlocking barriers.  A Military Dependent Entrepreneur could be the key to your success as a non-competitive partner in an industry.

Experienced corporate professionals can mentor a Dependent Entrepreneur - help Military Dependents innovate while using their skills and experiences to build the next big widget or create a needed service.

As reported on the StreetShares Blog, the Top 10 Most Influential Military Spouse Business Owners identifies some great Spouse Entrepreneur examples.  If you are a successful entrepreneur you could give others "breadcrumbs" on how to be successful - share how to overcome struggles and the ingredients needed to be successful.  

In The Walt Disney Company Networking 101 - Hero's Work Here has a slide that suggests "approximately 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking."  As a member of the VIP Nation you could be the be the key to a Military Dependent getting employed.  It could begin with a simple cup of coffee and getting to know an individual enough to make a recommendation or make a connection to a hiring authority.  If you are Military Dependent that is unemployed you could send a 'focused' mass email out to your network asking for connections, request to be made aware of new opportunities within your interest, or even ask for assistance with getting an interview with a particular job with a company.  It is recommended that you focus your email with specific fields of interests and company's so that your network understands how they can help.  You could also attach your resume to assist those that don't know your work experience.  Your email is an advertisement to your network that you are seeking employment while providing enough information for your network to help you.         

Related, VIP Recruiting is hosting a career fair on 12 September at 800 Centennial Lodge Drive, Brandon, FL 33510 from 10 am to 4 pm.  You can find out more information about the career fair by clicking here.  The career fair is focused to support Veterans and 'other Important Personnel' (VIP).  'Other important personnel' includes husbands, wives, children, supporters and advocates of Veterans.  If you don't want to become an entrepreneur then come join us as we work on reducing the 23 percent unemployment.

Here are some links to help advocate for change and support a VIP on this issue:

Military One Source, "Transferring Your Professional License"

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Military One Source, "Spouse Education and Career Opportunities"

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United States Department of Labor, "Military Spouses Page"

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Department of Veteran Affairs, "Resources for Military and Veteran Family Members"

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Military Spouse Unemployment

As reported at Military Times, "Conway: White House looking into military spouse employment concerns."  The Trump administration is meeting with U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Washington D.C. to actively review military Spouse unemployment.

Some of the issues commonly seen as hindering employment occurs during relocation or transitioning from one geographic duty station to another.  Some of the key findings from a survey conducted on +1000 Spouses by the Hire Our Hero's in "Military Spouses in the Workplace": Spouses are being forced to take part time or season employment, Spouses with degrees are facing highest unemployment rate, Spousal unemployment hinders the dual income requirement needed by many uniformed members, and the lack of employment is a key factor to continue military service.

Like many things related to Veterans and their Important Personnel (VIP) it takes awareness to address the issues plaguing them.  The success of Veterans is greatly impacted without our husbands, wives, children, advocates and supporters.  We can't expect our Veterans to focus on the mission when another struggle at home exists.

The report notes a decline in the unemployment rate of spouses from 23 to 16 percent in 2017, according to the survey; the new figure is still four times the national unemployment rate.  We also need to recognize that similarly to Veterans struggling to transition from the military so does Spouses.

Here are some links to help advocate for change and support a VIP on this issue:

Military One Source, "Transferring Your Professional License"

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Military One Source, "Spouse Education and Career Opportunities"

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United States Department of Labor, "Military Spouses Page"

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Department of Veteran Affairs, "Resources for Military and Veteran Family Members"

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Ready to Advocate?

Ready to advocate for Veterans and other Important Personnel (VIP)?  Join the VIP Nation and help support and/or advocate for a VIP as a Difference Maker.