Veteran Eagle Newsletter – October 2016

The Veteran Eagle is a newsletter for veterans, transitioning military, their family members and friends and supporters of VetJobs. Feel free to forward the newsletter to veterans and friends and encourage them to subscribe.

This month’s Veteran Eagle is sponsored by:  TECHEXPO Top Secret, Franchoice and Corporate Gray Career Fair

Contents:
1. Message from the Top
2. Hot Jobs
3. VetJobs Recommends:  The Career Fitness Workbook by Peter Weddle
4. New MCPON Installed
5. Medicare and Tricare After Age 65
6. Wells Fargo Illegally Repossessed 413 Service Members’ Cars
7. ITT Closes, Resources for Those Affected
8. Navy Scuttles Sailors’ Enlisted Rating Titles in Huge Career Shake-up
9. CFPB Takes Action Against Bridgepoint Education for Illegal Student Lending Practices
10. As Talent Pool Wanes, Intel Community Looks to Contractors
11. VFW’s Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition – $30,000 Prize!
12. Team Red, White & Blue
13. $15 Starter Wage Gains Popularity, Threatens Jobs
14. Federal Voting Assistance Program
15. Significant Events this Month in Military History

Thank you for reading the VetJobs Veteran Eagle newsletter!

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If you are interested in joining the VFW, please visit http://vfw.org/Join/
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NOTE: If you have a resume in the VetJobs database, be sure to update your experience and refresh your resume at a minimum of every two weeks. VetJobs has many new customers using the resume database and as a general rule, they do not look at resumes over 30 days old.
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1. Message from the Top – Editorial

Twice a year VetJobs co-sponsors the VeteransConnect Virtual Career Fair with Professional Diversity Network. These career fairs have been extremely successful for both veterans looking for a job and for the employers looking to hire transitioning military, veterans, National Guard, Reserve and their family members. The next VeteransConnect Virtual Career Fair is November 7 through November 11, but you can register early at http://www.veteransconnect.net/. There are many companies already signed up for the VeteransConnect Virtual Career Fair and will probably be over 100 by the time the event starts on November 7. To get noticed early by these companies, sign up today!
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As we go into the fall hiring is picking up and many companies are complaining about shortages of qualified candidates. Emphasis on qualified candidates! Fortunately, veterans and active members of the National Guard and Reserve bring many of the skill sets that employers are seeking.

I have covered this in the past, but it is always worth reconsidering why employers actually make a hire. There are eight main items that a recruiter has to consider when looking at a potential candidate. They are skill-sets, experience, education, cultural fit, attitude, train-ability, certifications and location. The two most important are attitude and cultural fit. No company wants to hire a new employee who has a bad attitude. Their attitude affects other employees. And that directly relates to cultural fit.

When you are looking at a potential employer, ask yourself if you think you can work with these people and is the company’s culture similar to your values. If they are not, reconsider whether you want to work there. Having skillsets, experience and education are very important. But if you show up with a bad attitude, you are knocking yourself out of consideration.
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This month we celebrate the 241st birthday of the United States Navy. At an October 13, 1775 meeting in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress voted to fit out two sailing vessels armed with ten carriage guns and swivel guns. The frigates were to be manned by crews of eighty and to cruise the Atlantic for three months to intercept transports carrying munitions and stores to the British army in America. This was the original legislation out of which the Continental Navy grew and as such constitutes the birth certificate of the Navy. If you meet a current or former member of the Navy, say Happy Birthday!

Other events celebrated this month include:

October 1 – Women’s Army Corps established
October 2 – Rosh Hashanah (at Sundown)
October 10 – Columbus Day (observed as a holiday)
October 11 – Yom Kippur (at Sundown)
October 13 – U. S. Navy Established
October 16 –  Sukkot
October 24 – United Nations Day
October 27 – Navy Day
October 31 – Halloween
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If you know of a company doing a great job hiring veterans, please nominate them for the VetJobs Outstanding Veteran Employment Award. To nominate a company for the award, please visit https://vetjobs.com/empAward.htm
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As always, if there is anything we at VetJobs can do for you, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Remember, Freedom Is Never Free – Support Our Armed Forces and Veterans

Best regards,

Ted Daywalt
President