NCOA veterans helping veterans
By Senior Master Sgt. (Ret.) Anthony White, Former 459th ARW Recruiter
/ Published January 17, 2006
SAN ANTONIO -- Are you planning to separate or retire from military service in the near future? Got employment? Do you know who to contact? Where to go? When to start making your plans? Or better yet, how to go about looking for employment opportunities? The Noncommissioned Officers Associations Veterans Employment Assistance is another viable option for you and your family members.
Since 1973, the NCOA VEA has helped thousands of transitioning veterans and their family members enter into the civilian workforce. While maintaining this primary mission, the VEA opens its door to all job seekers throughout the world.
Presently, the VEA manages two programs that reach out to veterans throughout the world. These programs are the National Job Fair and Job Board located at www.militaryjobworld.com. There are no rank restrictions, membership requirements or fees charged to the veterans or civilian job seekers. VEA is not an employment or staffing agency.
A typical NCOA National Job Fair will attract between 500 and 1,000 skilled job seekers and 30 to 70 local and national companies. So far in 2005, the NCOA has hosted 14 job fairs, all in the continental United States, mainly on military installations. Our 2006 Job Fair Schedule is available at www.militaryjobworld.com.
Our job board is an online job database. It’s free to all job seekers to post their resume, search for jobs, and read articles and tips that will position them for employment. Job seekers can also find the latest information about the National Job Fair Program to include dates, locations and participating companies.
As a way to get our transitioning service members in front of hiring companies, we’re opening up our resume data base to all companies from Dec. 1 – 9. This is what is called our National “On-Line” Job Fair. Job Seekers (especially those who are serving in today’s ops tempo) may not have the time to always attend a job fair. This is just another option to get our troops out in front of a company recruiter and sell their skills and experience on paper (resume) to find suitable employment.
Our participating companies want and desire candidates with military backgrounds because of their integrity, managerial and technical skills, discipline, training and experience. Company recruiters will look at the resumes in our database to seek out potential employees. Again, this service is free to all job seekers. Just go to www.militaryjobworld.com, post your resume and be prepared to be interviewed.
A few of our featured employers are Tallahassee Police Department, U.S. Capitol Police, U.S. Secret Service, CACI, Zel Technologies, and Thompson Hospitality just to name a few. These companies have supported us and the troops and for that we are grateful!
We know how hard and frustrating it can be to look for employment. We are here to help you—our servicemen and women find employment! For more information about our National Job Fair Program and our Job Board, visit us at www.militaryjobworld.com.