When you leave the military, the biggest question is "what's next?" It's a scary job market right now, but the skills you've received in the military make you highly marketable. The Legion sponsors dozens of veterans hiring fairs each year, and our employment experts also provide tips to writing resumes, networking and making a strong impression in the interview process.
Leaders from top U.S. technology industry trade associations recently announced the launch of USTechVets.org, an online community that will connect about one million servicemembers transitioning back to civilian life with employment opportunities within the technology industry.
Sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and Monster Worldwide, Inc. (Monster.com), USTechVets seeks to reduce veterans’ unemployment by getting them hired into technology fields.
"This is the kind of initiative our jobless veterans need," said Joe Sharpe, director of The American Legion’s Veterans Employment & Education Division. "Many of our veterans have plenty of experience in technology, and this program will make it easier for them to get hired, and hired more quickly. We look forward to working with USTechVets in getting more jobs for veterans. The program will be a welcome complement to the 200-plus career fairs The American Legion is already sponsoring with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce."
"The technology industry is one of America’s fastest-growing sectors and is hungry for high-quality talent," said Gary Shapiro, CEO and president of CEA. "Veterans bring valuable skills and experience to the job, such as leadership, team-building, motivation, a strong work ethic and quick-thinking, as well as experience working in a mission-focused environment. These qualities are highly prized in the technology sector. We understand that a workforce with these outstanding merits can be an incredible competitive advantage in the marketplace."
USTechVets.org, powered by Monster.com, features free tools and resources for employers, servicemembers leaving active duty, veterans and their family members. Tools for veterans include a military skills translator to match each veteran’s skills, training and collateral duties to civilian job requirements; a searchable database of technology jobs; and educational resources to help veterans develop skills for private-sector careers.
Member companies of USTechVets.org will receive free access to Monster Worldwide’s database of more than 800,000 veteran résumé , powered by its award-winning 6Sense semantic search technology. Employers can automatically post their job openings to the searchable site.
"At Monster, successfully connecting people with job opportunities is in our DNA," said Steve Cooker, executive vice president of Global Government Solutions for Monster Worldwide. "Through our subsidiary, Military.com, we also have a deep and rich legacy providing members of the military, veterans and their family members with vital information, tools and resources. We are proud to harness our innovative technology and community reach to connect veterans with careers in the technology industry and to help employers find veteran talent better and faster."
Combining Monster’s technology and audience reach with the support of technology associations, the site will create the largest collection of veteran job candidates and technology jobs available anywhere.
For more information, visit www.ustechvets.org.