Veterans Employment Law Legal Clinic – April 13th in Dallas, Texas

For those of you in the DFW metroplex area, or who want to travel in for this there is a Veterans Employment Law Legal Clinic being held April 13th. See the details below. Veterans Employment Legal Clinic Flyer April 2015

Dancing With Our Heroes – A Great Way To Help Wounded Warriors & Veterans

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Forward March Inc. Operation Outreach is proud to announce our event Dancing With Our Heroes – San Antonio is coming up fast! Make sure you get your tickets today! This event will be held in May at the JW Marriott Hill Country Spa and Resort in San Antonio, Texas!

Previous Dancing With Our Heroes events in other cities around the country have met with great success!

Previous Dancing With Our Heroes events in other cities around the country have met with great success!

Dancing With Our Heroes is a truly amazing event where you will have the opportunity to watch a dance competition somewhat like “Dancing with the Stars”. This competition however pairs a professional dancer with a military veteran. All the proceeds from the competition benefit The Fisher House Foundation, the USO, and Good Careers Academy. All three of these organizations do great things for our military veterans.  Please get your tickets today.

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Dancing With Our Heroes is looking for sponsors so if your company or organization is looking for an opportunity to help Wounded Warriors and Veterans contact us today.

To learn more about how you can join us for this incredible evening or how you can become an event sponsor go to our website… www.dancingwithourheroes.org

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FMI Weekly Roundup – 27 March 15 – New Career Opportunities and More!

ATTENTION VETERANS AND TRANSITIONING MILITARY PERSONNEL: 

There is a TON of valuable information in today’s Weekly Roundup! Pour yourself a cup of joe and use these great resources to get your career, or new career, going.


First and foremost lets not forget its FRIDAY! R.E.D. Friday that is!

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Its Friday again, so break out those red shirts!
R.E.D. Friday is here so remember everyone deployed!

Go learn more about R.E.D. Fridays:

http://redshirtfridays.org/  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Support_our_troops

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Our-Troops-Wear-Red-Fridays/188809874489323


Job Fairs:

Looking for a great way to network and meet potential employers? Check out some of the job fairs coming to a city near you where dozens of potential employers are searching to recruit great military and veteran talent.

Military Job Fair –Wednesday, April 1, 9am-2pm (Ft. Hood)

All Vets Job Fair – Thursday, April 2, 11am-3pm (Austin)

Vets Hiring Event – Thursday, April 23, 11am-2pm (Austin)

Writing a civilian resume:

Translate your military skills, experience and training to find career opportunities in the civilian job market that best align with your capabilities. Click here to learn more…

Job Search Tools:

Find the best jobs that can help you utilize your military skills and training and lead you to a meaningful career path! Military Skills Translators can help. Click here to learn more…

http://www.careerinfonet.org/moc/ part of the Texas Workforce Comission’s Veterans’ Services Program http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/just-veterans

Here is a List of More Than 40 Employers Looking For Veterans!!! 

Amazon: Retailers of books, media, electronics and everything in between. Current Amazon job postings

The Exchange: The Army & Air Force Exchange Service. If you have been on a base/post/etc then no explanation needed. 

BNSF Railway: operates one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, with 32500 miles of rail across the western two-thirds of the United States.

CACI International Inc: Provides professional services and IT solutions needed to prevail in the areas of defense, intelligence, homeland security, and IT modernization and government transformation. 

Capstone Corporation: Customizes the delivery of services and solutions for military and civil operations, enterprise technical requirements and organization and mission support services. 

CenterPoint Energy: Operates in electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, interstate natural gas pipelines, field services, and competitive natural gas sales and services. 

Chesapeake Energy Corporation: Focuses on discovering, acquiring and developing conventional and unconventional natural gas and oil fields onshore in the U.S. 

Cintas: Designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity, uniform programs, and also provides promotional and first aid-safety materials to more than 800,000 businesses.

Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC): Independent, nonprofit, applied scientific research and development professional services organization provides innovative management and technology-based solutions. 

CSX Transportation: Operates transportation network of about 21,000 route miles of track in 23 states, the District of Columbia and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. http://www.csx.com — Also use 888 884 9417, a dedicated number for military.

DaVita, Inc.: Delivers dialysis services in more than 1,500 outpatient clinics. 

Dollar General: The nation’s largest small-box discount retailer, with 9,200 stores in 35 states and nine distribution centers, representing 87,904 employees. 

Fluor Corporation: Fortune 500 company delivers engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance (EPCM), and project management to governments and clients in diverse industries around the world. (www.Fluor.com/careers, http://www.Fluor.com/military and http://www.WorkatFluor.com)

Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Fred Astaire Dance Studios has a strong history of hiring military talent that becomes some of the company’s top producers. No experience is necessary. If you are interested in fitness, working with people, and improving their lives go and apply today here…

G4S Secure Solutions (USA): Leading international security solutions group has more than 50,000 employees across the United States and Canada. 

General Electric: Employs more than 10,000 U.S. veterans, and one in 14 GE employees is a veteran. (www.ge.com/military and www.twitter.com/@gehiresheroes)

Halfaker and Associates, LLC: Specializes in information technology, organization and strategy, intelligence and operations, and supply and logistics. 

Harley Davidson – Harley Davidson, manufacturing American motorcycles, sets the Gold Standard for military hiring. 

HEB – This Texas based supermarket chain is looking for military veteran talent for a variety of positions.  

Lockheed Martin – One of the nation’s largest defense contractors with an outstanding reputation for hiring military personnel. 

ManTech International Corporation: Provides technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs. 

Navy Federal Credit Union: Armed forces bank serves the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Veterans, and DOD. 

Northrop Grumman: Global security company provides innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. 

Paychex, Inc.: provides outsourcing services payroll processing, retirement services, insurance, and human resources. 

Progressive Insurance Company: Auto insurance provider. 

Puget Sound Energy: A regulated utility, providing electric and natural gas service to the Puget Sound region. 

SAYtr: For officers or senior NCOs who have a background/interest in civil engineering, facilities management, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Force Realignment and Beddown, and similar transitional leadership type work. 

Schlumberger: Oilfield services company supplying technology, information solutions and integrated project management that optimize reservoir performance for customers working in the oil and gas industry. 

Schneider National, Inc.: Specializes in truck driving jobs, and maintenance, warehouse, and office careers. 

Sears Holdings Corporation: The merger of Kmart and Sears has resulted in this company, which manages both stores. 

Southern Company: Electricity providers service both regulated and competitive markets across the southeastern United States.

Sprint: High-profile wireline and wireless service provider.

Tesoro – San Antonio based Tesoro Corporation, an energy company in the oil and gas market, is currently looking for military veterans for various openings. 

Transocean: Handles offshore drilling, from world water-depth and well-depth drilling records to facilitating revolutionary subsea completions. 

Union Pacific – North America’s premier rail franchise sets the Gold Standard for military hiring. Check out their military hiring here…

United Rentals, Inc.: Equipment rental company has an integrated network of more than 550 rental locations in 48 states and 10 Canadian provinces 

University of Phoenix: Provides local and long-distance education options. 

URS, Federal Services: Engineering, construction and technical services organization.

USAA: Provider of insurance, investments, and banking products to members of the U.S. military and their families. 

Verizon Communications Inc.: Wireless communications, IP networks, and information and entertainment provider. 

Waste Management, Inc.: Partners with customers and communities to manage and reduce waste from collection to disposal while recovering valuable resources and creating clean, renewable energy. 


http://m.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/job-hunting/top-35-veteran-employers.html


San Antonio businesses encouraged to hire more veterans with disabilities:

85% of the national unemployment rate is made up of veterans with severe disabilities. The Paralyzed Veterans of America Vocational Rehabilitation program based out of San Antonio is making a huge impact by providing the right tools and services to those who were injured while wearing the uniform and match them with career positions in various businesses and organizations.


JOB OPENING:

Looking for a military veteran who is a graphic artist that knows or is willing to learn autocad. This job will include some outside sales.

You can Email your Resume to Emma  – Send Email


JOB OPENING:

Full or Part Time- Government Employee Benefits Specialist

Financial Group is interested in Active and Retired Government Employees across the country to become part of its team of Government Employee Benefit Specialists.

Compliment your existing career through supplemental income by providing support and benefit services to individuals struggling to understand the complex nature of the government benefit structure.

By partnering with our Financial Group’s expert benefit counselors, you will be equipped to review, diagnose, and resolve issues within the government benefit structure.

You will receive: Licensing, training, and the support of a company rated excellent by A.M. Best with over #1.3 billion in assets.

Job Requirements

  • Actively employed federal, postal, or military personnel
  • As a Government Benefits Specialist, you must have strong organizational and time management skills as well as exceptional interpersonal communication abilities.
  • We are seeking individuals with a willingness to work hard and are able to commit themselves to the success of this business opportunity
  • Must be able to convey routine and complex information to customers in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner.
  • Ability to exercise superior judgment with regard to confidential information
  • Requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, must be flexible and have a strong multitask ability.
  • Life insurance license is preferred but not required.

You can Email your Resume to Emma  – Send Email


Drivers Wanted!

We have positions available for drivers/truck drivers.

Contact Emma at Forward March Inc. today if you are interested.  – Send Email
Delivery Driver San Antonio, Austin, Victoria and Temple (Sign On Bonus Available)
Shuttle DriverLaredo and Temple (Sign On Bonus Available)
 Recruit Military also has a nice list of veteran job fairs which you can find here… 

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Do you want financial freedom?
Are you into fitness and the exercise scene? 

Some military personnel who have transitioned out of the military have taken a fast-track training program at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. In just a few months (that’s right MONTHS) they have gone from knowing little-to-nothing about dance to being actual dance instructors. In a VERY short amount of time they moved up to managing, owning a franchise and now to being among the top producing studios in the company. What we have found at Forward March Inc. is that military personnel are especially suited not only for the training and becoming instructors themselves, but becoming highly successful in the company.  Forward March Inc. has an outstanding relationship with our customer Fred Astarie Dance Studios. You owe it to yourself to check out our previous post to learn more about the outstanding opportunities for employment and even franchise ownership with them.

JOB OPENINGS

Instructor/Trainer

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY We are looking for high-energy individuals who enjoy personal training and working in the fitness industry for positions in our company. This career includes paid travel and a schedule where most of your mornings are free. All of our training and certificates will be paid by the company. You can continue your career into management and ownership with franchise opportunities. These instructor/trainer positions can earn up to $75,000 per year.

Management

Do you have strong leadership and management skills and training? You will need to be able to lead small teams of 5 to 7 instructors/trainers on a daily schedule. You will also need to be able to present packages to clients and enroll them into our programs. Career advancement is available. You can also further your career through franchise opportunities. Income potential can be up to $100,000.

Franchise/Ownership

Would you like to be your own boss? Are you looking for real opportunities that present long term careers and financial freedom? Come and join the ranks of those who work for themselves. Join this franchise system and start living your dream. This franchise started in 1947 and has been one of the top franchise systems in the country since. We will train you in how to run the day to day operations to how to become a multi unit owner and build your legacy.

Currently we are looking for Instructors, Managers, Assistant Managers and more. Contact Emma at Forward March Inc. today to learn more!!!!  – Send Email

Learn about the great work Forward March Inc. is doing with Fred Astaire Dance Studios through Dancing With Our Heroes. To date we have worked together to raise over $300,000.00 for The Fisher House Foundation and the USO.  


Job Search Resources

Veterans who want to join the SBA and start down the track of entrepreneurship should check out the latest article on the San Antonio Business Journal site. The SBA is extending their fee waiver program for veterans through 2015!

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Veterans and transitioning military interested in starting their own business should also check out the San Antonio Small Business Development Center at UTSA. This program offers a number of benefits including special veterans assistance.

How to Get Your Dream Job – Part I – The “E” Word

I recently read an article about a young man who just got out of the military and was stuck in a minimum wage job. Apparently this young man had an IT career in the military but could not land even a low paying IT position with any companies. It turns out that while he was highly trained in his specific field of IT he did not have a college degree.

Potential

Today companies across all industries claim to be eager to hire veterans. This can be music to your ears if you are transitioning out of the military soon. However, that music will quickly halt when reality sets in. The fact is that those transitioning out of the military are entering a job market that is saturated with people looking for work. Competition is extremely stiff and you will need to have made good career planning decisions to navigate the waters to your dream job. There are companies that aggressively seek to gain the coveted title of Military Friendly from organizations such as http://militaryfriendly.com/ and we strongly salute those companies and their inspiring efforts. Keep those companies in mind when you are doing your career planning. However, this alone is not enough to land your dream job. Its all about preparation!

You have not started career planning??????  Its NOT too late!

For those who are transitioning out of the military, or who are veterans who have been out for any length of time, job searching can be an exercise in frustration. Giving up is never an option! It is possible to get the job you want, but it is going to take time, effort, and most of all dedication. Those who focus like a laser on their career objectives are more apt to succeed than those who make looking for that perfect job a part time job.

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The first thing any transitioning military member or veteran must do is take a good hard look at where they want to go with their career.

  • What do you want to do?
  • How much do you want to make in salary?
  • What kind of work environment do you want?
  • What kind of benefits packages are you looking for?
  • Where do you want to live?
  • What is your idea of work/life balance?

These and many other questions can help you sit down and logically put together a career path.

There are many guides out there in book or on-line form that can help you make those career path plans. Google best career planning books, sites, resources and apps to get started on your career planning. If you are going the entrepreneur rout then do this for entrepreneurial career planners and make sure to start networking with the SBA, your local Chamber of Commerce, and organizations that support veteran entrepreneurs such as the Bunker.

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Suggested Reading:
Figuring out just what to do with your life:

What Color is Your Parachute?  (Psst… Amazon has this book)

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Suggested Reading:
For creative people who want to dig deep into their passion. Great for artists, writers, journalists, etc. The Artist’s Way 
(Psst… Amazon has this book)

Suggested Reading:
How To Create A Career Path When Your Job Doesn’t Have One 

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Suggested Reading:
The Four Hour Work Week (Psst… Amazon has this book)

When choosing a career path you may want to consider going where the money and the demand take you. According to a recent CNN Money article the top paying positions for military veterans are:

  1. Chief Information Officer – annual salary = $167,200
  2. Capture Manager – annual salary = $164,100
  3. Senior Program Manager- annual salary = $137,900
  4. Vice President Technology- annual salary = $134,200
  5. Chief Information Security Officer- annual salary = $133,700

According to Forbes magazine in a recent article the highest paying in-demand jobs currently are:

  1. Physician
  2. Pharmacy Manager
  3. Software Architect
  4. Software Development Manager
  5. Finance Manager
  6. Solutions Architect
  7. Lawyer
  8. Analytics Manager
  9. IT Manager
  10. Tax Manager

What do these positions all have in common?

  1. Education
  2. Certification
  3. Experience Required

At this point in your career planning you should also take a good hard look at education. America has always been in love with the Rags-to-Riches stories of those who had nothing and made millions. Today talk show hosts, authors, and self-professed career gurus give seemingly countless examples of how a college education is not necessary for everyone. While that may be true in certain circumstances, the general rule still applies today. College graduates, on the whole, earn more than those without a college degree. If you are looking at working for a company or organization this is certainly true.

Education is of paramount importance. According to the Veterans Administration 73% of veterans who used their educational benefits said that these benefits were “extremely important” or “very important” in helping them meet their goals and preparing them to get a better job. While this is a fact that is pretty easy for most of us to agree with the real head-scratcher is in this statistic – only about 37% of veterans use their education benefits.

Companies might be military friendly and sincerely want to hire you as a veteran but the fact is they have a position to fill that has certain requirements. The recruiter or HR representative that is looking at your resume, or interviewing you, has to consider you stacked up against all their other qualified applicants. The best candidates have done their research, they have education, possibly certifications and they are eager. In addition to that the top candidates have most likely sharpened their resume to near perfection, practiced their interviewing skills, learned the (civilian) industry lingo, and made extensive use of networking. 

Additional Resources in this area: 

Employment Preparation Part 1 of 3

About That Social Media Thing – Military and Veteran Employment Preparation – Part 2 of 3

Resume and Interview Tips and Suggestions for Veterans and Transitioning Military (part 3 of 3)

Consider the “cold hard facts” when career planning: 

  • You are competing with a HUGE market of people looking for jobs due to the high level of unemployment that the nation has endured since 08-09.
  • You are competing with highly educated and experienced professionals who were laid off or otherwise lost their jobs due to the economic down turn.
  • The competition for any position generally has a college degree and relevant and active certifications.
  • Salaries, for virtually everyone (except high level executives in extremely large and successful companies) are down when compared to the market pre 2008.

As you study your career path make sure you do not overlook the power of an education. College degrees are important and can take your career far.

Not up for long term education but looking for a quick fix? For certain career fields certifications and specialized training can make the difference in your getting a dream job or working at the local burger joint. IT professionals know this. Those pursuing IT careers might want to look at programs such as the Open Cloud Academy run by Rackspace Programs such as this can bring a veteran up to speed in a specific IT area and give them the powerful certifications they need to get their dream job.

Other organizations such as The Good Careers Academy can get you your education and certification, with speed and low cost, in a wide variety of fields very quickly and enable you to use your military benefits to pay for it. You can learn more about them here


Did you know? Apple Pledges $50 to increase number of women, minorities and veterans in tech jobs.

Did you know? Pentagon is hiring 3,000 Cyber Security professionals 

Weekend With Fred Astaire Dance Studios

This weekend Forward March Inc. was proud to be part of the Annual Fred Astarie Dance Studio Conference. Our team had the opportunity to conduct some powerful training during the conference.

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Paul Volpe, President of FMI, delivered powerful and motivating training at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios annual conference. Did you miss out? Call us today and we can arrange to get this training, and much more, into your organization.

FMI works with an array of business of all sizes to do a wide variety of training.
Our training has helped businesses with:

  • Recruiting and Hiring
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Business Operations
  • Motivation and Teamwork Collaboration

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Our director of Strategic Outreach Richard Abarams mans the FMI FOB at the event. IMG_0372

The rich tradition of “coining” continues.

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The official FMI coin!

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FMI training included a “Shark Tank” style training session that gave Fred Astaire Studio personnel at every level the chance to learn how they can market their studio and get their brand and studios out in front of even more customers.IMG_0392

We guarantee that FMI training is NEVER boring. Chances are you have never experienced training services with a military flair, and certainly not the way we do them. Our customers are always very pleased with the training we deliver and adopt it into their organizations.

Contact FMI today to see what kind of training we can do for your organization!

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Weekly Roundup – 20 March 2015 – Jobs, Opportunities, Education and More

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Job Searching?

You can do a search of this blog and find lots of resources for helping with resumes, networking, managing your communications and job interviewing. There is more HERE on our website.

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San Antonio Skilled Trades Job Fair – Check it out here…


Interested in Energy Jobs?  – Clean Energy, Oil and Gas, Electricity and more.

Are you a Veteran or are you Transitioning out of the military? Check out the links below to start your new career in the energy industry.

Energy Companies Hiring Veterans.

NextEra Energy http://www.nexteraenergy.com/careers/military.shtml

Troops To Energy Jobs   http://www.troopstoenergyjobs.com/

Veterans To Energy   http://www.veteranstoenergy.org/

GE Energy Jobs for Veterans   http://www.ge.com/careers/culture/us-veterans

Top Veteran Employers   http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/job-hunting/top-35-veteran-employers.html

Southern Company Veteran Jobs   http://www.southerncompany.com/about-us/careers/military/military-veterans.cshtml

Alliant Energy  http://www.alliantenergy.com/Careers/RecruitingandCareerPrograms/MilitaryVeterans/

ConocoPhillips Jobs for Veterans   http://careers.conocophillips.com/en/us-military

Chesapeake Energy Hires Veterans   http://www.chk.com/careers/our-team

Devon Energy http://www.devonenergy.com/careers/military-recruiting

Clean Energy Job Training

Training Veterans for Careers in Clean Energy   http://energy.gov/articles/training-veterans-careers-clean-energy

DOE Announces Webinars on Hiring Veterans for Solar Energy Jobs, Tribal Energy Development Best Practices, and More   http://energy.gov/eere/articles/doe-announces-webinars-hiring-veterans-solar-energy-jobs-tribal-energy-development

Networking is a powerful tool to help you get the job you want. Check out THIS site for a list of Veteran Owned Businesses in San Antonio. Not in San Antonio? No problem, less than five minutes on Google will help you find such lists in your area, or the areas you want to locate yourself to for employment. Veteran owned businesses are often apt to hire veterans and great places to make strong networking connections.


If you are looking for companies looking to hire veterans here is another resource. We Hire Heroes. You can utilize resources like this in your job search but do read our posts on networking, working on your resume, etc. These posts will give you a roadmap to getting the kind of job you want, where you want it.

Make sure you read the whole post, we have JOB POSTS for those of you looking for a new career.


JOB OPENING:

Looking for a military veteran who is a graphic artist that knows or is willing to learn autocad. This job will include some outside sales.

You can Email your Resume to Emma  – Send Email


JOB OPENING:

Full or Part Time- Government Employee Benefits Specialist

Financial Group is interested in Active and Retired Government Employees across the country to become part of its team of Government Employee Benefit Specialists.

Compliment your existing career through supplemental income by providing support and benefit services to individuals struggling to understand the complex nature of the government benefit structure.

By partnering with our Financial Group’s expert benefit counselors, you will be equipped to review, diagnose, and resolve issues within the government benefit structure.

You will receive: Licensing, training, and the support of a company rated excellent by A.M. Best with over #1.3 billion in assets.

Job Requirements

  • Actively employed federal, postal, or military personnel
  • As a Government Benefits Specialist, you must have strong organizational and time management skills as well as exceptional interpersonal communication abilities.
  • We are seeking individuals with a willingness to work hard and are able to commit themselves to the success of this business opportunity
  • Must be able to convey routine and complex information to customers in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner.
  • Ability to exercise superior judgment with regard to confidential information
  • Requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, must be flexible and have a strong multitask ability.
  • Life insurance license is preferred but not required.

You can Email your Resume to Emma  – Send Email


Drivers Wanted!

We have positions available for drivers/truck drivers.

Contact Emma at Forward March Inc. today if you are interested.  – Send Email
Delivery Driver San Antonio, Austin, Victoria and Temple (Sign On Bonus Available)
Shuttle DriverLaredo and Temple (Sign On Bonus Available)
 Recruit Military also has a nice list of veteran job fairs which you can find here… 

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Do you want financial freedom?
Are you into fitness and the exercise scene? 

Some military personnel who have transitioned out of the military have taken a fast-track training program at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. In just a few months (that’s right MONTHS) they have gone from knowing little-to-nothing about dance to being actual dance instructors. In a VERY short amount of time they moved up to managing, owning a franchise and now to being among the top producing studios in the company. What we have found at Forward March Inc. is that military personnel are especially suited not only for the training and becoming instructors themselves, but becoming highly successful in the company.  Forward March Inc. has an outstanding relationship with our customer Fred Astarie Dance Studios. You owe it to yourself to check out our previous post to learn more about the outstanding opportunities for employment and even franchise ownership with them.

JOB OPENINGS

Instructor/Trainer

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY We are looking for high-energy individuals who enjoy personal training and working in the fitness industry for positions in our company. This career includes paid travel and a schedule where most of your mornings are free. All of our training and certificates will be paid by the company. You can continue your career into management and ownership with franchise opportunities. These instructor/trainer positions can earn up to $75,000 per year.

Management

Do you have strong leadership and management skills and training? You will need to be able to lead small teams of 5 to 7 instructors/trainers on a daily schedule. You will also need to be able to present packages to clients and enroll them into our programs. Career advancement is available. You can also further your career through franchise opportunities. Income potential can be up to $100,000.

Franchise/Ownership

Would you like to be your own boss? Are you looking for real opportunities that present long term careers and financial freedom? Come and join the ranks of those who work for themselves. Join this franchise system and start living your dream. This franchise started in 1947 and has been one of the top franchise systems in the country since. We will train you in how to run the day to day operations to how to become a multi unit owner and build your legacy.

Currently we are looking for Instructors, Managers, Assistant Managers and more. Contact Emma at Forward March Inc. today to learn more!!!!  – Send Email

Learn about the great work Forward March Inc. is doing with Fred Astaire Dance Studios through Dancing With Our Heroes. To date we have worked together to raise over $300,000.00 for The Fisher House Foundation and the USO.  


Job Search Resources

Veterans who want to join the SBA and start down the track of entrepreneurship should check out the latest article on the San Antonio Business Journal site. The SBA is extending their fee waiver program for veterans through 2015!

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Veterans and transitioning military interested in starting their own business should also check out the San Antonio Small Business Development Center at UTSA. This program offers a number of benefits including special veterans assistance.


Enduring Freedom

Its Friday again, so break out those red shirts!
R.E.D. Friday is here so remember everyone deployed!

Learn more about RED Fridays:

http://redshirtfridays.org/  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Support_our_troops

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Our-Troops-Wear-Red-Fridays/188809874489323

The Secret to Making Energy Companies Great – Talent

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Energy, arguably it’s the most important element of any civilization’s infrastructure. Energy companies today are booming, from the traditional oil and gas companies to the clean energy companies using wind and solar technology. While there has been a downturn in the crude oil markets other energy companies are fairing very well.

According to the latest “Electric Power Monthly” report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which includes data through the end of 2014, some 13.91% of electricity generation in the U.S. last year was from renewable sources. (read source here)

New funds for wind, solar, biofuels and other low-carbon energy technologies gained 16 percent to $310 billion last year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It was the first growth since 2011, erasing the impact of lower solar-panel prices and falling subsides in the U.S. and Europe that hurt the industry in previous years. (read source here)

Industry officials and analysts forecast a continued boom in U.S. solar markets over the near term, with a projected 31 percent growth target for 2015. The growth will be fueled by falling costs for solar panels and modules, business model innovation that allows for more flexibility in ownership, favorable political and regulatory environments, and increased access to low-cost capital. (read source here) 

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While there are a wide variety of technologies that drive energy production the fact every energy company must face is that the quality of their products, services and overall success is directly tied to the caliber of their employees. Great employees make great companies. Energy companies all over the world have learned that hiring top talent makes a huge difference.

Top talent for energy companies cannot be found just anywhere. If it could then being a company recruiter would be an easy job that anyone could do. Those who are involved in recruiting today know otherwise, they are always on the lookout for those “pools” of talent that they can draw from for their companies or for their clients. Successful Energy companies across the United States have found that hiring top military talent helps them meet their corporate mission objectives.

Additional Reading:  Leveraging Veteran Talent: The Opportunity for the Clean Energy Industry 

Energy companies today are looking for veteran skills such as good communication, self management, self motivation, the ability to organize or be a part of a team solution and problem solving skills… just to name a few. Former military personnel typically have the skills and work ethics that energy companies want and need.

Clean Energy companies, like their traditional energy counterparts, leverage the skills, talent and experiences of about a quarter million military personnel who transition annually from military to civilian service. Energy companies benefit also from the inherent resourcefulness and experience of just over one million members of the National Guard and Reserve. These service members are engaged in their civilian careers at the same time they serve in the military.

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Cutting edge energy companies as well as other companies who are employing renewable energy recognize the value of top military talent. Tesla is aggressively recruiting military veterans for the production of their cutting edge electric car line. Tesla is by no means an anomaly when it comes to employing top military talent for mission success, companies such as First Solar have been named Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs Magazine. Currently the energy companies listed on militaryfriendly.com are

  • American Electric Power
  • Arizona Public Service
  • Baker Hughes, Inc.
  • Berkshire Hathaway Energy
  • BP America, Inc.
  • Chesapeake Energy Corporation
  • Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Devon Energy Corporation
  • Dominion Resources, Inc.
  • Exelon Corporation
  • Fugro (USA)
  • Halliburton
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Patterson-UTI Drilling Company, LLC
  • PPL
  • Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
  • Shell
  • Southern Company

Additional Reading: How one company is using top military talent in the clean energy industry.

The Department of Energy announced training for companies which will start them down the road to hiring military talent. DOE Announces Webinars on Hiring Veterans for Solar Energy Jobs, Tribal Energy Development Best Practices, and More.  While programs like this are very good many organizations struggle with implementing a solid military hiring strategy. This is what separates those companies who make the Military Friendly and G.I. Jobs list from the rest of the industry. Military hiring strategies can help your organization focus on the right talent, at the right time for the right job. Read more on how to develop a military hiring strategy here… 

If your company or organization is serious about employing top talent and achieving mission success Forward March Inc. (FMI) has your solution. There are lots of options when looking to an outside organization to assist with your recruiting needs but at the end of the day cost and the quality of your job candidates are most likely your top concerns. FMI makes your job of recruiting easier through a variety of services and scalable solutions we can bring to your organization.

We have the solution. Forward March Inc. (FMI) has over 35 years of collective experience helping employers and veterans connect. Our understanding of military skills translation is second-to-none. We not only understand the military branches and their skills we can help train your HR team to this as well. We have written a Military Hiring Guide that can guide your team step-by-step through the understanding of military skills and rank to finding the right military talent for your various positions you are seeking to fill.

FMI was founded to deal with the very issues we are discussing in this article. We are a company of veterans helping veterans to actually get real and meaningful careers as opposed to just throwing their resumes at potential “jobs”. We never charge a veteran and we are deeply committed to veteran retention, because its not good enough to commit to hiring a veteran, companies need to learn how to retain them. Our customized and scalable solutions can help any company or organization of any size start finding, attracting, and hiring veterans very quickly.

FMI knows EXACTLY where to find your military talent. We understand the skills translation and we have a wealth of resources for helping you to get the positions you are hiring for right in front of both veterans and transitioning military personnel.

The reason our solution is different is because we focus on strategy. A company can come to us and use our services as their one-stop-shop for finding, screening, and hiring of high quality military talent. We can also train HR teams and individuals on how to find, attract, hire and retain military talent. Companies who use both solutions very quickly begin their military hiring program and enjoy the benefit of learning how to do what we do in the process. FMI can also help your company with strategies and solutions for retaining the veterans you hire.

FMI is different because we don’t leave the solution at pipeline services and training. We also train and help build internal strategies and solutions to create a vibrant veteran culture in your company. This helps with retention and also feeds new veteran talent into your pipeline from your most trusted source, your veteran employees.

Support our troops! Give us a call today and get started on your veteran hiring strategy. Together we can change the lives of veterans, help your organization reap the rewards of hiring veterans and bring down the veteran and overall unemployment rates.

FMI is committed to our customers. We know that making the decision to hire veterans can be intimidating. Contact us for a no pressure conversation on how we can help. We can get you started hiring veterans immediately and do it at a cost you can afford!


Are you a Veteran or are you Transitioning out of the military? Check out the links below to start your new career in the energy industry.

Energy Companies Hiring Veterans.

NextEra Energy http://www.nexteraenergy.com/careers/military.shtml

Troops To Energy Jobs   http://www.troopstoenergyjobs.com/

Veterans To Energy   http://www.veteranstoenergy.org/

GE Energy Jobs for Veterans   http://www.ge.com/careers/culture/us-veterans

Top Veteran Employers   http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/job-hunting/top-35-veteran-employers.html

Southern Company Veteran Jobs   http://www.southerncompany.com/about-us/careers/military/military-veterans.cshtml

Alliant Energy   http://www.alliantenergy.com/Careers/RecruitingandCareerPrograms/MilitaryVeterans/

ConocoPhillips Jobs for Veterans   http://careers.conocophillips.com/en/us-military

Chesapeake Energy Hires Veterans   http://www.chk.com/careers/our-team

Devon Energy http://www.devonenergy.com/careers/military-recruiting

Clean Energy Job Training

Training Veterans for Careers in Clean Energy   http://energy.gov/articles/training-veterans-careers-clean-energy

DOE Announces Webinars on Hiring Veterans for Solar Energy Jobs, Tribal Energy Development Best Practices, and More   http://energy.gov/eere/articles/doe-announces-webinars-hiring-veterans-solar-energy-jobs-tribal-energy-development