I am an older Vietnam Veteran. I have a college degree but there is much age discrimination out there. Any suggestions?
There are many obstacles to finding suitable employment. Sadly, for older veterans, the “gray” ceiling is pretty common. I suggest you start by viewing at the information at the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment & Training website (http://www.dol.gov/vets/) or call them: 1-866-4USADOL. There are also an increasing number of organizations sponsoring employment programs for senior and elder workers, although they tend to be geographically specific so they may or may not fit your needs. Here are a few:
Good hunting, Frank, and thanks for your service!
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Please review my attachments. Any advice from you is welcome.
Having reviewed the information you provided, I have several thoughts.
- Your combination of Naval Officer and commercial experience creates an impressive resume, but it suffers from TMI (too much info). There is way too much ink and way too much detail. Rule of thumb: one page for every 10 years since HS or college graduation, whichever came last. That means you get two pages, not three. Although your third page is in essence an addendum and that is a good way to cut down the size of the baseline resume, the combination of all that ink hurts your chances. Contact me off-line and I will help you with that.
- It appears you are narrowing yourself to a specific location-focused search. Job searches are all about filters and each party (job seeker and potential employer) use filters to narrow down the field. If you have a non-negotiable filter (in your case, location) then you must eliminate as many other filters as possible to off-set that requirement: Money? Travel? Working hours? Job satisfaction?
- In my book I talk about “Uncle Harry and Aunt Mary.” They are contacts, known and unknown, at potential employers. I offer seven ways to find them, and in your case, one of the best is via college alumni services. I suspect you are already aware of a resource called iSABRD. I have seen many “geographically handicapped” job seekers use that resource effectively. Reach out to me if you are not familiar with it.
I hope that helps a bit. Good hunting and thank you for your service!
Tom Wolfe is an author, columnist, career coach, veteran, and an expert in the field of military-to-civilian career transition. During his career he assisted thousands of service members in their searches for employment, placing more than 3000 in their new jobs. Prior to civilian life, he graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and served as a surface warfare officer. He teaches transition courses, gives seminars on career and job change, writes about the career transition process, and continues to counsel current and former military personnel. His book, OUT OF UNIFORM: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition, was published by Potomac Books in 2011.