I speak to active military and retired veterans every day that are either transitioning into the civilian workforce or looking to supplement their retirement income. I always give them the following TOP 3 things they can do today to move the odds in their favor.
- Post your resume for free on the leading military job board Hire Patriots. There are hundreds of employers looking for and desiring to hire transitioning military and retired veterans. At a recent HR event, I presented at in Buffalo, NY, the 40 HR professionals agreed that they like to hire vets because of their training, discipline and work ethic. Some of them did not know how to get in contact with vets until I presented Hire Patriots web site. They were amazed that they could post a job for as little as $25.00 and even search posted resumes for a veteran that had the skills they were looking for. Many are looking to hire in 2014. So tip #1 is to go to http://hirepatriots.com/heroes then look on the top banner for “Job Boards” and you will see “Post your Resume – Find a Career”. It’s that simple to let employers know you are out there.
- The finest book for a transitioning military is “An American Crisis – Veterans’ Unemployment” by Mark Baird. Mark is the founder of the 501 3 C Hire Patriots and proceeds from the book go to Patriotic Hearts. Over 20 authors walk you through the transitioning experience. Most are retired military authors. There are chapters devoted to preparing for transition so even if you’re several months out you can get the jump on what will surely be a huge number of job seekers. My chapter is on budgeting and finance, I hope it helps you prepare for this season of life. Since many vets either starts their own business or buy a franchise there are four chapters on starting a home business or buying a franchise. The book is on Amazons Top 100 in three categories and is at your local Barnes & Noble or at http://hirepatriots.com/book/
- Since so many veterans and transitioning military desire to go into business for themselves or need to work from home for mobility reasons I personally sought out some legitimate “work from home” businesses. I knew not everyone had or wanted to borrow tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to start a business or franchise so I searched for several months for top notch opportunities that had very little or no startup costs. I started with the criteria: they had to be of the highest standards, no inventory to carry, no deliveries, no collections, no lotions/potions. I wanted to find a business that saved the end user money. They could not be offering something that would be an extra purchase, in this economy no one is buying anything extra. This business also had to offer free on line training so they could truly be run from a home office. It took some time but I decided upon two businesses with services that even if the economy goes in the tank people still need and they are gas, electric and mobile cell phone service. You have to be proud of what your business offers and when you can also save someone money on something they already use you are a real hero in the community. If you are interested in reviewing these opportunities go to http://hirepatriots.com/heroes and look for “Be Your Own Boss” on the right side of the page and click on the links and play a short video presentation on each. You do not need to enter in any contact information to watch the videos. No one will contact you unless you request it.
There you have it, the TOP 3 things you can do today to put you on course for a bright future. Thank you for your service to our country and my family.