5 Things That Will Help Returning Veterans Transition

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There will be 1 million veterans returning to the job market over the next 5 years.  Unemployment rates for these brave men and women sits at 9.2% but is at an astounding rate of 30% for those under age 25 who most likely joined the military to serve fresh out of high school.  The transition process is key and here is how we can help:

1. Understand the challenges they face. Veterans often feel stuck inside their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).  They spend more time relating to their military skill sets than to corporate world job skills.

2. Prepare them to deal with the civilian job market. Less than half of the veterans surveyed (43%) actually feel prepared to make the transition.

3. Build on the skills they already have as they translate to the current job market. This means training and retraining.  There is definitely a skills gap in filling all the positions open in the world of IT and many technology companies and schools are stepping up to partner with the public sector to train and retrain.

4. Help build the confidence that they will find a job that suits them. Only 22% of returning veterans surveyed say that they are confident that this will happen for them.

5. Teach veterans how to tell their story and sell themselves to an employer.

 

Understand, prepare, enhance, build, and teach.  These lay the foundation for a successful transition from the life our deserving veterans chose to the life they secured through their service to our country.

If you are a Post 9/11 Veteran, call us at: 480-907-3071 or toll-free: 866-399-8287

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10 Reasons to get Certified – Career Infographic

If you’re among the unemployed or if you’d like to advance in your career, here are 10 reasons why you should get certified:

10 Reasons to get certified

  1. FULFILLMENT: You feel personal satisfaction about your educational accomplishment. A series of positive events accumulate and provide a sense of satisfaction. Effort put into learning and expanding personal growth through solid education enhances professional accomplishments. It is said that the two accomplishments that we point to with pride are jobs and education.
  2. VALIDATION: Certification validates and affirms your work ethic and pursuit of success. IT leaders today are struggling to find qualified, certified people, according to a survey done by IDG Research. Further research shows that 8 out of 10 HR professionals believe IT certifications will grow in usefulness and importance over the next few years.
  3. PREPARATION: Certification is an inexpensive way to show employers that your skills are up to date. There can be many barriers to continuing your education but money shouldn’t be one of them. The certification process is relatively inexpensive in comparison to community college or university choices and it improves the chances that an employer will pick YOU. The right certification will not hurt you and will certainly help.
  4. VALUE: Certification increases your marketability and value to prospective employers. According to research, in a survey of 1,700 Human Resources and IT executives, most hiring managers rate IT certifications as having extremely high value in validating skills and expertise.
  5. RECRUITABILITY: Certification influences search firms to prioritize and select you as a job candidate. A recent survey by the IT Job Board revealed that 75 percent of recruiters believe that IT candidates with additional qualifications stand a better chance of securing a job. Two of the top technology recruiting companies (Dice and Indeed), listed out the number of jobs listings that mention certifications as such:
  6. FINANCIAL: An individual’s earning potential is enhanced with certification.  For example, in comparison, a PMP certification gives you an average of a 19% pay rate advantage. A+ and Net+ certifications by themselves do not necessarily give a financial advantage but open the doors to other technologies that do for those willing to take the journey beyond the basics. Security+ from CompTIA, for example, is the foundation for other security certifications and security is definitely a hot job area.
  7. EMPLOYABLE: Certification can give you a hiring advantage over non-certified candidates.  Microsoft certifications are hot certifications to have in the marketplace and are proving to maintain their value to employers. If predictions about “virtualization” technology is correct then VMware and the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification will be well worth considering to make yourself employable.
  8. RETAINABLE: Companies tend to retain certified, skilled, and knowledgeable employees. During difficult times, when employment is harder to come by and keep and the competition is fierce, holding additional IT certifications could be vital to sustaining your present position.
  9. PROMOTABLE: Certification opens the door to new careers, job improvement, and advancement.  Certifications are one way IT professionals can keep up with current trends in IT technology, build their IT resume and open new doors of opportunity. Look at your career plan as a roadmap with a certification as one stop on the way to your destination.  Growth through more certifications add more stops to a better destination. 84 percent of IT professionals consider that holding industry certifications will improve their employment opportunities. In your current position, show that you are seeking to improve yourself in areas that are important to the company. Choose specialized training or certifications in the area you are interested in. Problem solving skills and leadership skills are of great value in IT. The more current your skill sets and comprehensive your certifications, the more likely you will be able advance you career and move up the ladder.
  10. PROFESSIONAL: Certification helps you gain unique access to professional group resources. Groups via LinkedIn are open to varying levels of professions and how you are linked to those professions. If you have the knowledge and interest, then there are all kinds of forums for sharing.

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