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2. State Workforce Agency (Employment Office) Assistance in finding jobs is offered to veterans at State Workforce Agency (SWA) offices throughout the country.
3. Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) staff and Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER)
Primarily located in the offices of the State Workforce Agency employment offices, these staff provide assistance exclusively to veterans.
4. Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment is and employment-oriented program that assists veterans with service- connected disabilities by offering them services and assistance to help them prepare for, find and keep employment.
5. Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT), U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly-skilled occupation.
6. Private Employment Services Private employment agencies are not all the same. They are regulated by each state Department of Labor, licensing bureau. States regulate the percentage agencies are allowed to charge. The applicant (you) might have to pay for the agency to market you to local employers.
7. College/School Placement Agencies Most institutions of higher education provide some kind of placement service, but this service is usually only available to students and alumni of the school. Some school/college placement agencies also provide instruction in job-hunting skills.
8. Military and Professional Associations and Organizations Military and professional associations are useful for specialized occupations. They can provide information on areas where the demand for a particular occupation is higher, as well as information on employers hiring individuals in a particular field. Some of the organizations even provide specific job search and career instruction assistance.
9. Telephone Directory Yellow Pages, Industry Directory These are useful sources of information if you already know the type of job you want. These sources provide lists of companies employing individuals in various types of jobs.
10. Industrial and Craft Unions Industrial and craft unions tend to deal with a limited number of occupations. They are advantageous because they have exclusive hiring authority for some firms.
11. Job Fairs A useful tool in meeting employers and delivering resumes is attendance at job fairs.
12. Transition Offices Transition offices provide individual assessment, classes and workshops, and leadership consultation. Primary transition office programs and transition assistance from military service include relocation, financial management and aid, information and referral, family readiness, and family life skills.
13. Chambers of Commerce Chambers of commerce offer rich resources about the businesses in their area and offer contact information for many of them.
JOB SEARCH ONLINE
Searching for jobs online is becoming increasingly significant in the job search process. There are some occupations that lend themselves to this process more than others. You first must first determine what job search sites would be best for you to find the particular occupations that interest you. Some sites specialize in certain types of jobs. Use the resources provided by your transition office and the transition website to research these. With thousands of job sites online, advertising millions of jobs, where do you begin? It can get confusing and frustrating if you don’t know where to look. To practice, begin with a large, popular site.
Once you get into the site, it will ask you several questions. First, in which state and locations you are willing to work. Identify these, then look under job families, which are broken down into many different job fields, depending on the site, and then individual job titles under each one. When typing in keywords, it is important to try and keep your search as broad as possible in the beginning. Once you have identified a variety of job titles, try and narrow it down.
Employers often list jobs in a wide variety of titles for the same occupation. Finding these jobs is part of the challenge. If you stay with just one job title, you may miss out on a variety of jobs in related areas. In AJB, if you are looking for a construction project manager position, you might look in occupation fields such as management and engineer rather than construction. You need to understand how each site is organized, as each is different. Experimentation is important in locating all of the jobs that interest you. Look at both the big sites and also the specialty sites catering to the specific occupations that interest you. There are job search engines that provide extensive lists of job sites.