While most of us are poised to leave work early and run head-first into the 3-day weekend, it’s important to remember that Memorial Day has a much more serious purpose than simply marking the unofficial beginning of summer. It’s the day we honor the many men and women who gave their lives in service to this country. Were it not for them, their sacrifices, and the sacrifices of their families, we would not be able to have the freedom and life we currently enjoy.
Unfortunately, the veterans haven’t fared well, jobwise. The unemployment rate among young veterans returning from Iran and Iraq is much higher than the national average, reportedly 12.1% in 2011 and 9.2% as of March 2012. But the government and many non-profit organizations have been implementing many initiatives to improve it and in particular NYC Finance there is lots of opportunity. As discussed, Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of the nonprofit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said Wall Street efforts to recruit veterans are vanguard, in part because so many former soldiers already work in the industry and because most finance roles require a high degree of discipline and teamwork. We couldn’t agree more and invite all veterans with Financial Experience to apply to our open positions and submit an application so that we may help you find a job that fits your skill set and interests.
In honor of Memorial Day, below is a compilation of some of our top picks for public and private resources that are currently available for Veterans.
Veteran Job Seekers Resources:
—US Department of Veterans Affairs’ Careers Page
—Veterans on Wall Street
—Job Seekers’ Handbook
—Job-Hunt.org’s Veterans Job Search Resource
—BazenCareerist Virtual Veterans Career Fair
—NYSED, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services
—Job Board:Recruit Military
—Job Board:Hire Veterans
—Wall Street Services’ Job Board – NYC Finance Jobs, Financial Services Jobs
—”The Case for Hiring Veterans” as presented by the White House
—”The Case for Hiring Veterans” as presented by Syracuse University
—Monthly Report of Employment Situation of Veterans
—White House Veteran Initiative
For more resources visit the Families and Work Institute that has a comprehensive list of resources for Veterans.
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