Giving Thanks With Jobs for Our Veterans

Networking for Veterans

Hire a veteran

It seems appropriate as we celebrate Thanksgiving to give thanks to the brave men and women who have so valiantly served our country. Many are returning home and entering a very tough job market.

My friend and colleague Andrea Nierenberg has co-authored a book, just released, called Networking for Veterans, the first military transition book written by an Iraq or Afghanistan veteran.

One of the co-authors, Michael Abram, is a combat Marine who struggled to find and begin a new career upon his transition back home. He writes about his successes and failures as a military job seeker.

The book serves as a transition guidebook for future returning service members. It includes networking tips and how to use social media to find a job, especially LinkedIn. The book also recounts the heartwarming stories of returning vets and the jobs they currently hold.

Hire a Veteran

Many companies, listed in the book, are making a special effort to hire veterans. I was pleased to read that City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university, has established the CUNY Office of Veteran’s Affairs, which has designed many programs to assist veterans transitioning from military to student life.

Logo of the Veterans' Employment and Training ...

Logo of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Companies that want to learn more about hiring veterans can begin by visiting the Department of Labor’s site, Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS). Click on this link Networking for Veterans if you would like to purchase the book for a returning veteran at a special discount.

My best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and your friends.

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  1. Jeannette I agree with you that it is essential that US companies make an effort to find jobs for veterans.

    They have after all risked their lives for their country. Many died and for the ones who survived to come home and not be appreciated must be awful. What they went through in Iraq and Afghanistan is so horrendous we cannot even comprehend it. So both public and private US companies owe it to them to give a helping hand.

    • Catarina — with advances in modern medicine many in the military were saved when they would have perished in previous conflicts. Many come back with horrible wounds and missing limbs. Life is so difficult for them and they need an helping hand, as you said.

  2. I can’t imagine the challenge these returning vet face when seeking to return to a normal life. One that includes a new career or position. The current economy certainly doesn’t help them in that endeavor. I am pleased to see effort such as one at City University of New York to help these deserving vets in this regard. 🙂

    • Susan — The economy is making the the job search difficult for everyone. But it is more difficult for returning military who have been out of the civilian workforce or never been in the non-military job market. Very difficult, indeed.

    • Andrea –It was my pleasure. We need to honor our returning veterans. Once of the best way is to help them find jobs.

  3. I am glad that US companies are making an effort to hire returning vets, I understand that for hiring vets (or at least those who have been injured in the war), the government gives tax credits to the employer. This is the least that the government can do. I am sure many people will find Andrea’s book useful, thanks for blogging about this important issue.

    • Lubna — Thanks for commenting from India about our returning vets. They need all the help they can get from both the public and private sector.