Monthly Archives: October 2016

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Veterans Attend Financial Service…

Making the transition from military service to a civilian career is a defining point in one’s life. For veterans interested in pursuing a career in the financial services industry, the great news is that many skills developed in the military are transferrable and very much in demand. This segment of our economy manages $63 trillion dollars annually and is a viable employment option for veterans. While it is not for everyone, for those who posses the acumen and drive, this can be a very lucrative occupation. At this event you will hear from veterans and industry experts about the ins and outs of the business so that you can make the decision to see if it is the right fit for you. A moderator will oversee (4) panel members who will have 5-7 minutes to talk about their experiences regarding the current business climate/opportunities in the financial services industry, and what they are doing regarding Veterans (internships, hires, etc). There will be a Q&A session afterwards.  

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San Diego Nonprofit Trains…

More than three dozen San Diego military veterans graduated Friday from Workshops for Warriors, a Barrio Logan nonprofit that for free trains and certifies veterans in manufacturing jobs, including welding, machining and fabrication. The school has graduated more than 200 veterans since 2011 using funding from grants and donations. “It’s been amazing to be able to come here to the school for free and be able to be taught all this information in such a short amount of time,” said Jacob Harkness, an Air Force veteran who served for four years loading cargo planes at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc.

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NVTSI Begins Veteran Workforce…

(San Diego, Calif.) September 29, 2016 – National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI), popularly known as REBOOT, a San Diego-based nonprofit founded in 2010 to help veterans with their reintegration back into civilian life, will be expanding to Los Angeles this winter. “We are delighted to partner with the California Employment Training Panel, veteran training providers, and local employers to align workforce development with local employer needs, making the best use of our collective resources to serve our transitioning military personnel and veterans,” reports Maurice Wilson, NVTSI’s co-founder, President and Executive Director. OPERATION REBOOT is an employer-driven initiative to prepare and train local transitioning military personnel and veterans for gainful employment in L.A.’s priority job sectors. It’s a 2-step process that is carefully orchestrated. First, by focusing on and resolving key reintegration issues veterans face, OPERATION REBOOT prepares them for success in the civilian world. As 1,500 graduates of the REBOOT Workshop™ can attest, moving from the battlefront to the home front is a life change, on top of a job change. Second, given that only 17 percent of military occupations translate directly into civilian jobs, veterans need specific job skills training to facilitate their successful transition. By partnering with employers, OPERATION REBOOT helps to align workforce training to bolster local economic development and employer needs. “Working in close partnership with community stakeholders,” says Maurice Wilson, “our objective is to..

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REBOOT/HIREGI PMP Employer Panel…

Today 30 veterans and transitioning military attended a PMP Employers Panel hosted by NVTSI and our partner HIREGI. The three companies in attendance were; Booze Allen Hamilton, County of San Diego and Lockheed Martin. Project Managers are in Demand. And in our project-driven world, more organizations are recognizing the value of having a skilled workforce to deliver successful projects and business outcomes. Some of these same organizations also acknowledge hiring military veterans with project management expertise as an essential strategy for maintaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

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What Color is Your…

In today's challenging job-market, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. Recent grads facing a tough economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work--and which don't. This revised and updated edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. The formulaic approach forces you to delve deeply into your skills and interests to help identify suitable job choices.  It provides realistic guidance, coupled with the recognition that job hunting is still difficult, and requires perseverance and resilience to keep trying in the midst of rejection and disappointment.  This book gives you an advantage in your job hunt by pointing out pitfalls and ways to strengthen your positioning to become more competitive in the job market.  There are no easy steps in the job-hunting process, and the same is true for career-changers, but you can up your odds by following the time-tested advice in the book. For instance, Bolles emphasizes the importance of taking the initiative to pursue the company you are specifically interested in to increase your odds of having your resume seen versus long odds of using a random approach such as a job board posting.  Bolles stresses throughout..

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How to Prepare to…

When most corporate recruiters and hiring managers interview a veteran, they treat the process as if the candidate were just like everyone else. On one level, this is good, because it ensures equality of opportunity and compliance with both human resources law and common sense. Companies are losing out on the high value of quality veteran talent, however, when they do not take the proper veteran-specific steps to prepare, assess and follow up with military-experienced candidates. In every important way, veteran job candidates are like any other human, but unlocking their special and extraordinary capacity to contribute to a new organization requires effort and insight. One model for successful veteran interviewing is defined by the acronym PAF: Prepare, Assess and Follow up. This article examines the first step: Prepare. Understand why you are hiring veterans. During the Prepare phase, the interviewer reviews the organization's driving purpose in hiring veterans, checks his or her bias regarding veterans and seeks to understand the true success drivers for the position. Most interviewers skip the first step, but it is critical to understand the underlying motivations for the organization's veteran hiring initiative. Is there a sincere commitment to veteran abilities and experiences, or is there more of a political climate of insincere appearances? Some organizations feature a wide range of sometimes conflicting motivations, but the skilled interviewer will seek to understand the "why" and..

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