An article in the Record takes a look at the current veteran job scene in New Jersey, and the good news is that the Garden State, which had the highest jobless rate for veterans in the nation last year (10 percent), seems to be making strides in finding occupations for these vets. The addition of 54,000 private-sector jobs in the past year is cited as a factor aiding vet employment, but the article also goes into detail on how private companies, nonprofits and government programs are making moves to tip the balance further in veterans’ favor.
New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold Wirths is certainly trying to talk the talk when it comes to hiring veterans: ”Most of the employers are very eager to hire veterans,” he says. “I always tell them not only morally is it the correct thing to do, but economically it’s great. You’re getting a highly skilled employee. You don’t have to worry about telling them how to dress. They come to work on time. They’re used to harsh conditions.”
The piece also has a resume tip for transitioning veterans: make sure the keyword “manager” appears on your resume. Coast Guard veteran Alex Leniw notes that a major stumbling block in getting a job interview was the lack of such a term on his own CV. ”If you’re in the military for two or three years, you’re already going to start building your management repertoire once you get two or three ranks under your belt,” he says. “You’re going to have people below that you’re supervising.”
For more, read the Record article.