Joplin – Military Hiring 101 Employer Workshop – A Great Success!

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Paul Volpe – FMI – discussing Veteran interviewing with the group

TAMKO, Asbell Construction, JDS, Mercy Hospital – Joplin, Tri-State Area Contractors Association, Westmark Services, Buffalo Run Casino and Compass Quest were all part of the Veteran learning experience at Buffalo Run Casino on the Tuesday.  The event sponsored by Buffalo Run Casino was all about helping companies improve their ability to Attract, Hire and Retain America’s Veterans.

It was great to have an outstanding group of companies and organizations come together to discuss ways to help improve the lives of Veterans and their families one job at a time.

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One of the many group pics taken after our motivating training!

Jimmy Burgess – Discussing Elite Leader Training and the Compass Quest Team http://www.compassquest.org/

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FMI – Team Joplin – Outstanding Group of Veterans

Thank you to all that participated – Joplin is truly Veterans helping Veterans!

For more information on Hiring Veterans or our next Military 101:

Veteran Underemployment, the Self-Inflicted Wound

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For the last half of 2014, veteran unemployment was at or lower than civilian unemployment. In fact, many would argue there is no veteran unemployment crisis in this country, and while I agree, this is only half the story. For the most part, veterans who want jobs have jobs. Hence the key word jobs, not careers. The bigger issue is veteran underemployment.

Today’s Armed Forces are the most educated, well-trained, and dedicated military our country has ever seen. There are countless reasons why organizations benefit from hiring veterans, ranging from tax breaks to the knowledge that they are hiring the cream of the crop in the job market. Companies realize this and, without a doubt, are hiring veterans. Although veterans are working, in most cases, they are not working in jobs and positions that reflect their true potential and we as veterans are partially to blame.

I recently had a lengthy discussion with a military veteran who just weeks ago retired after over 20 years of service. This senior NCO had done some amazing things over the course of his career, but the one thing he did not do is prepare himself for life after the service. Because he was part of the drawdown, his retirement basically snuck up on him. He is not alone. Despite the military’s best efforts to prepare transitioners, so many veterans leave the service without a solid exit plan.

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Here are some key strategic errors many transitioners make that leaves them underemployed:

Timing. Whether you are entering government service or corporate America, you must understand that the hiring process is lengthy. The time from initial application, interview, and hire can take three to six months or longer. So what does this mean? It means you have to apply backwards planning to your transition plan.

For example, let’s say your discharge or retirement date is 1 August, with terminal leave starting 31 June. Let’s say you want to take a couple of weeks to rest and relax after transition, and you want to start work on or about 15 July. This should tell you to start applying for jobs as early as January. Waiting until June is way too late.

So how does poor timing lead to underemployment? First, as your transition date gets closer, you might be pressured to take the first thing that comes along regardless of pay and benefits. After all, it’s a job. You might also be willing to accept a job well below your pay grade until something better comes along. Not much of a plan, is it?

Education. It’s no surprise, more education is directly related to a larger annual income. Furthermore, a person with a high school diploma is far more likely to be laid off than a person with a bachelors degree, and far more likely to have longer gaps of unemployment.

Whether you stayed in the military for four years or 20 years, there is no excuse for not completing a degree. With the GI Bill, tuition assistance, and loan repayment, the military is basically giving away a free education. If you choose not to take advantage of those programs, you will be facing underemployment. It’s great that you were a Platoon Sergeant who led men into combat, but if the job you want requires a degree and you don’t have one, then what?

Some companies will take military service over a degree, but don’t count on it. Don’t give a company a reason not to hire you. Make an educational plan early in your military career and execute.

Resume. Veterans accomplish a great number of things while in uniform, but many do a poor job of capturing it on a resume. A civilian recruiter or hiring manager may not know what a squad leader is, so why would you list it on a resume? “Squadron Commander” may be a key phrase for you, but the person, or computer, screening your resume has no clue what that is.

Resumes must be tailored for the job you are applying to and free of military jargon. It needs to be free from spelling and grammatical errors. It needs to be “civilianized” for corporate America and in a completely different format when applying for federal government jobs.

Professional On-line Profile. Most people have social media pages. No matter how private you “think” your social media page is remember this… it’s not! Potential employers regularly review social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and others. This is common practice and NOT a practice just reserved for potential employees who will need background checks.

It’s great that your LinkedIn profile picture is of you in your dress uniform, but could that cause a barrier between the hiring manager that knows nothing about military service, or a corporate recruiter intimidated by all the medals and badges? I like the Facebook profile picture of you having a hefeweizen in Heidelberg, but what would a potential employer think? The picture of you and your team in full body armor with your M4 slung across your chest in front of a LAV-25 is sweet, but could it scare a hiring manager?

As you prepare to transition and start the job application process, think about your online profile. Think about it through the eyes of a recruiter. Think about it through the eyes of a hiring manager. If you need to clean it up, clean it up!

Mind Set. It’s outstanding that you’re a retired Master Gunnery Sergeant. I am proud of you for retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel or Navy Commander. Thank you for your service. I hate to break it to you though, your rank does not matter to anyone outside the military.

Just because you were a Brigade Command Sergeant Major does not entitle you automatically to a six figure corporate salary. If you are lucky enough to land that job, congratulations. For everyone else, you are starting over and need to understand that.

I am not saying you should apply for entry level positions and be underemployed, I am merely stating you must have realistic expectations of the job market and realistic expectations of the level of jobs you should be applying to. Otherwise, you are setting yourself up for frustration and might find yourself in a position where you have to take the first thing that comes along.

Lets imagine for a moment that you are one of those who did not serve in the military. After 10 or 20 years of doing one kind of job you decide to change to a new career field. Virtually the same thing would apply to that civilian, they would have to have realistic expectations. If you were a senior software developer and then decided to get into automotive design you are not likely to head an automotive design team right off the bat.

The key take away here is whether you spent four years or twenty four years in the service, you must have a plan to “rebrand” yourself. Although you are a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine for life, one day you will be a civilian. It’s never too late to plan for life after the military.

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

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Enhance your Workforce, Hire Women Veterans

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According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, our country started 2015 with veteran unemployment at 5.3% with a combined national unemployment rate of 5.7%. While this is great news, there is a group of veterans that suffer from a higher unemployment rate than their peers. Despite their service to our country, female veteran unemployment and under-employment remains high.

As a former U.S. Army Artilleryman, I love the story of Mary Hays, better known as Molly Pitcher, whose husband was an artilleryman during the revolutionary war. At the Battle of Monmouth in June 1778, Mary Hayes carried water to line of cannons for both drinking and cooling down the barrels.

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With over 2.2 million female veterans, women make up 10% of the nation’s veteran population and those numbers grow steadily each year. The unemployment rate for women veterans as a whole has decreased but still remains higher than non-Veteran women. Many of these veterans are single parents which further exacerbates the problem.

The good news is, thanks to the rigorous and excellent training that our service members receive, our female veterans are well positioned to offer employers the gift of an enhanced and effective workforce. The importance of the skills, values, and attributes a female veteran brings to your organization cannot be understated.

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So why hire a women veteran?

They are proven leaders not just in theory, but practice.

They have the proven ability to face adversity.

They work well as team and understand how the efforts of each member contribute to the overall success of the organization.

They understand and practice diversity in the workplace.

They are generally physically fit and drug free.

They are calm under pressure.

They have respect for policies, procedures, and regulations.

They have an applied use and understanding of technology.

They have a Global perspective of most situations.

They are men and women of Integrity and hold shared values.

They are experts in the application of Health and Safety standards.

They are generally well-educated.

They have a mission first attitude and get the job done.

They are expert planners.

They love a good challenge.

Finding, attracting, hiring, and retaining women veterans is a skill that companies looking for the highest caliber employees simply must have. Forward March not only trains top companies to do this, but we have also created a Military Talent Hiring Guide that teaches organizations the basics of military talent acquisition and retention. If your organization is truly dedicated to hiring female veterans, leave it to FMI to help make it happen.

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

You can read more about Sergeant Molly here…

*Photo credits – PicJumbo 

Introducing the Forward March Inc. Heroes Career Academy

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Forward March Inc. stands ready to work with your company to build a highly motivated, diverse, energetic and strong workforce. We can not only bring you a strong veteran talent pipeline, we can also provide the training for those veterans that your company needs in order to hire them. Our training programs are highly successful, built on a proven model that gives us the ability to train anywhere and often in a fraction of the time that other institutions would take. Mobility and Portability, that is the Forward March Inc. difference. We provide Veteran Training and Certification at Your Location and on Your Schedule. The training programs that we employ are customized to meet your specific needs.

Customized Curriculum and Training

• Curriculum and Training Customized to Your Employment Needs
• High Quality Military Candidate Pipeline for Education Programs Ensures High Quality Trained and Certified Workforce
• Tax Incentives for Veteran Employment
• High Quality Nationally Accepted Training at a Faster Pace and Lower Expense

Current certifications include but are not limited to:

• Welder
• Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
• Industrial Technician
• Apartment Technician
• Aeronautical Welder
• Pharmacy Technician
• Medical Assistant
• Administrative Assistant
• Computer Support Specialist
• Medical Front Office – Medical Coding
• Nurse’s Aid
• Pharmacy Technician
• Supply Chain Associate

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Forward March, Inc. (FMI) is a Service Disabled Veteran-owned Small Business (SDVOB) based in San Antonio, Texas. FMI has over three decades of collective experience bringing businesses and veterans together. We are proud to partner with Goodwill’s Good Careers Academy to form The Heroes Career Academy. This unique academy provides custom training and certification programs for companies who want to hire high quality military talent. Our programs are customizable, scalable and provide mobility and portability.

Partnering with Industry Training, Certifying and Hiring Our Country’s Heroes

Providing

• Veteran Administration (VA) Approved Training
• Certifications
• Job Placement with Veteran Friendly Employers
• NCCER Certification Accepted Nationwide
• Education Credit for Military Service

Contact Forward March Inc. Today to find out how to get started with your veteran talent pipeline trained to meet your needs.

Contact Richard at Forward March Inc. for more information  – Send Email

Phone: 1-888-723-6223

High Quality Military Talent – Forward March Inc. Has What You Need!

macbook-air-all-faded-and-stuffIf you are looking for high quality talent for your company or organization then give Forward March Inc. a call today. We help companies and organizations every day find, attract, hire and retain high quality military talent. What you may not know however is that we also have veterans ready to go to work for you immediately. Forward March Inc. receives input and then pre-screens veterans daily who are looking for a veteran friendly company to start a career with. No matter your skill or education requirements for your position we can help you.

We specialize in finding high quality military talent in the following areas, just to name a few:

  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Construction
  • Driving (CDL)
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical (including clinical)
  • Sales
  • Recruiting
  • State and Government Contract Positions
  • Unskilled Labor


file0001223708026If you are a veteran of the United States Military or are transitioning out of the Military make sure to contact Forward March Inc. as part of your employment track.

Go here to fill out our employment information form and an FMI representative will contact you soon. If we do not have an open position with one of our customers we will work to find another company to try to place veterans with.

If you are a transitioning military person or a veteran be sure to check out our Tools and Resources page to learn more of what you can do to find and land that great career you are looking for.

Forward March Inc. also published a series of articles that will help you in preparing for your career by giving some valuable information on resumes, interviewing and social media networking. You can read those here:

Employment Preparation 

Social Media Networking 

Resume and Interview Tips 


FMI Community Outreach LogoForward March Inc. has an official non-profit 501c3 part of our organization known as Forward March Inc. Operation Outreach. Under our Operation Outreach we have a variety of programs.

  • Professional Womens Veterans Coalition (PWVC)
  • Maui Warrior Appreciation Weekend
  • Dancing with Our Heroes

If you would like to be involved in any of our programs or would like to contribute in any way please Check out our page here…

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Forward March Inc. Ribbon Cutting with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

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First things first, we would like to thank everyone who came to our ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday. Special thanks goes out to the to the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the outstanding Chamber Ambassadors! Thank you to all of you who share our vision of helping veterans and making San Antonio the model for military hiring and military transition!

In the life of any business there are days that mark significant milestones. When we became a member of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce we knew we would want to do an official ribbon cutting ceremony at our new offices. Yesterday the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce sent out their ambassadors to the Forward March Inc. worldwide headquarters and helped us have a very successful ribbon cutting event. The weather was perfect. The opportunity for us to share this important event is very important to us. Below are some highlights of the event. Be sure to head over to our Facebook page for a LOT more pictures.

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FMI World Headquarters and our FMI Hummer await the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Ahhhh the sweet smell of success.

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The Chamber Ambassadors have arrived

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Its January 29th, mid 70s and just perfect weather. You have to love winter in San Antonio Texas!

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Its official now!

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Team FMI! We are veterans helping veterans. Thank you San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for making this day special!

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RED FRIDAY COPTERS

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

Join Forward March Inc. Today for Our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

ribbon cutting ceremonyToday is the big day. Come out and join us! Need a map and directions? Go here…

Stay tuned for event highlights and pics.