The Weekly Roundup – Jobs, Education and More! 4/24/15

ATTENTION VETERANS AND TRANSITIONING MILITARY PERSONNEL: 

This Weekly Round Up is jam packed with a TON of useful info. Grab a cup of joe, a pen and paper, maybe your cell phone and prepare to be amazed. We have job opportunities, education opportunities, entrepreneurial opportunities, employment info, events and so much more!


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

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Its R.E.D. 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


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Join us at our next SACVF meeting to learn about different PTSD treatment methods from local experts.
 
 

SACVF Meeting-Save this Date:

Date:  Wed, May 6, 2015

Time:   1:30-3:30pm

Address:  Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), 8700 Tesoro Dr.  78217

Room:  Al J. Notzon III Board Room, 1st floor, Suite #100

NEXT:
Join SACVF in a collaborative 
free Veterans Benefits Fair. 
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Download AUSA flyer and Exhibitor forms here…

ANOTHER FUN UPCOMING VETERAN EVENT!

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Employment News:

Are you an IT professional in the military?
Are you a veteran who is an IT professional?
You will probably want to check out the latest post at MySA: Tech Industry to Train and Hire 90k Workers.

Looking for a good company that is looking for you? Well, if you are a veteran or a transitioning military job seeker then you should check out Verizon, USAA and Lockheed Martin. Read more here…

Here is some encouraging news on the growth going on with veteran employment. Read more here…


JOB OPENING:

Veterans and Transitioning Military: Outstanding Opportunity

If you like to work outside and like constantly changing scenery then you will really want to look into this opportunity. We are currently looking for MILITARY VETERANS and TRANSITIONING MILITARY personnel who are interested in a ten week course to become a Catastrophic Claims Adjustor. The training for this position can be paid for using your military benefits for education. Upon completion of the course students will receive three certifications that will enable you to work as a Catastrophic Claims Adjustor and a Home Inspector. This is an exciting opportunity with income potential ranging from $60 to $120k annually. For MILITARY VETERANS, TRANSITIONING MILITARY, and Spouses of Veterans and Transitioning military, send us your resume and contact information.

You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email


JOB OPENING:

Veterans and Transitioning Military and spouses of Veterans and Transitioning Military: Truck Driver Opportunity

We are currently looking for veterans, transitioning military personnel and spouses of veterans and transitioners who are interested in commercial Truck Driving.

You can Email your Resume to Richard  – Send Email


Drivers Wanted!!!!

We have positions available for drivers/truck drivers.

You can Email your Resume to Richard  – 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 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.

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 thePuget 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 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.

Hiring Veterans Feel – Good Lip Service or a True Call to Action?

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Many employers want to hire veterans, its a much smaller number that successfully employ veterans in meaningful careers.

Here at Forward March, Incorporated, we have seen the headlines among many media outlets that company XYZ has agreed to hire veterans. The stories provide captivating pictures of CEOs directing their hiring manager to bring veterans into the organization. These companies really and truly care about our nation’s veterans but, for many not much happens after the cameras are turned off.

After the dust of the media hype settles, human resource departments, for a variety of reasons, continue to pass over Resumes that indicate prior military service.   Those outstanding and more than qualified applicants are not even called in for an interview. The rate of veteran unemployment still hovers well above that of the civilian population.

One of the many reasons veteran hiring still remains low is the fact that misconception runs rampant across corporate America about our nation’s treasures. Many hiring managers have unfounded concerns about Post Traumatic Stress or other combat related injuries. There are concerns over skills translation and how an infantryman might fit into a management position. Many hiring managers feel that serving in the military makes one too rigid and unable to deal with change. The list goes on and on, but the bottom line is, today’s military is the most educated, technologically advanced, disciplined, and adaptable military in the world. The skills and attributes veterans bring to the table are immeasurable. All they need is the opportunity to shine.

Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans Military Families study, The Business Case for Hiring a Veteran, Beyond the Clichés, looks past the myths and lays out a compelling argument on why organizations should welcome veterans with open arms.   According to the study, “Academic research from the fields of business, psychology, sociology, and decision-making strongly links characteristics that are generally representative of military veterans to enhanced performance and organizational advantage in the context of a competitive and dynamic business environment”.   In other words, veterans bring an immeasurable value to an organization through the applied use of leadership, trust, adaptability, and an unmatched entrepreneurial spirit.

Another reason veteran hiring is falling behind, is that talk is really is cheap. It’s one thing to stand and proudly say, “We will hire veterans”; it’s another thing altogether to roll up the sleeves and work on a serious commitment to make it happen. The bottom line; it does not happen without a plan.   The plan starts at the top with the CEO’s vision for supporting veterans. From there, hiring managers must develop a specific, measurable, and achievable veteran hiring strategy. The third piece is to train and resource recruiters to go after the veteran population with managers tracking progress through various matrices and making adjustments every step of the way. The second and third pieces of this initiative are where many companies fail to meet their commitment. Developing a veteran hiring strategy and training resource recruiters is not a task which is easy for a company to do without outside help.

Veterans and military members say what they mean and mean what they say. Unfortunately, we can’t always expect the same from corporate America. Good intentions do not change anything, but a well-executed plan does. Fortunately Forward March Inc. can show your organization how to tackle negative misconceptions and how to execute a veteran hiring strategy. Through our Military Hiring 101 training, we will support your organization in developing a successul plan to find the right veterans, with the right skill sets, at the right time. With over 35 years of collective experience bringing veterans and companies together we can train your resource recruiters to find and engage the veteran population. We are in the business of building winning teams and we will do the same for you. Talk to us about our veteran talent pipeline services. We offer solutions that are customized to your company or organization and are scalable to ensure you meet your objectives.

~ Article written by Jason Caswell, Forward March Inc – Director of Training and Talent Pipeline Services