The act of submitting your résumé for a job via snail mail is almost non-existent. The Internet has enabled us to send résumés electronically, job search online and network through social media. However, many returning servicemembers or veterans do not have immediate access to computers. American Legion Post 81 in Jackson, Ohio, remedied this by setting up a computer kiosk with printing capabilities. Local veterans can use a computer for job searching, résumé writing and email services. The post also offers free Wi-Fi for veterans who have their own computers.
"As Legion members, we looked at our community and decided that the most pressing need that we can offer in assistance to our veteran brothers and sisters was job services and Internet access," said Post 81 Commander Wendell Brunton. "We hope to expand our services to employer job fairs and employability consulting in the future."
Along with computer and Internet access, Post 81 offers résumé writing tips and career-building services. Veterans can use the post's computer by calling to make an appointment or stopping by during meeting times.
Post 81's computer kiosk is a great example of the many ways The American Legion is helping veterans and returning servicemembers achieve long-term employment. We understand that looking for a career requires technical savvy, as well as strong interviewing skills and a marketability plan to attract prospective employers. That's why we offer valuable online job resources and sponsor career fairs across the country. Visit www.legion.org/careers  to seek job-search advice, find career opportunities and see upcoming career fairs.
Veterans, servicemembers and their families are also encouraged to sign up for The American Legion's Veterans Career Center Newsletter. The electronic mailing offers a comprehensive listing of military job fairs around the country, information on career resources, and updates on legislation that affects veterans employment or education benefits. Sign up online: www.legion.org/careers/enewsletter