From Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment
Twenty-first Century technology promises service members the weaponry, protective gear, communication devices, and information they need on the battlefield. But, as several recent news stories noted, it also presents them with a post-service arsenal of job search tools. While the array of existing tools can be overwhelming to vets, this latest generation seems a cut above what we’ve seen to date. Social media networks, veteran-specific job search engines, and even services to help veterans clarify the value they bring to the civilian job force are on the rise—many are showing improvement akin to the difference between iron and smart bombs.
Several have come online in the last few weeks. LinkedIn and Accenture, for example, launched Military Career Coach, which guides veterans on how to use social media in their job search. The app also offers videos created by Accenture recruiters who themselves have military experience. The videos address interviewing skills, resume writing, career planning and more.
The Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program built out the “Personal Branding Resume Engine,” an online tool that enables veterans to translate their military service record into a strong resume.
Rally Point, a military-only professional network formerly available only to Active Duty military personnel, National Guard, Active Reserves and ROTC, also opened to veterans on Memorial Day. The site, which received positive reviews from Forbes, was the brainchild of two Army vets who attended Harvard Business School.
AT&T and JP Morgan Chase also made news for their plan to establish an online database or “talent exchange” to streamline the sharing of veteran job-seekers’ information and the positions offered by the 100,000 member companies participating in the 100,000 Jobs Mission.
I hope to see more corporations and nonprofits harness smarter online efforts to further their goal of hiring veterans. I also am excited to see the power to clarify career goals, improve personal branding, and find right-fit opportunities placed in the capable hands of these vets. The U.S. government’s new Transition GPS initiative (mandatory for all active duty military before they end their service) that replaces the old Transition Assistance Program spends a great deal of time exposing vets to literally dozens of online resources. It’s great to see that many of the latest tools that await new veterans are worthy of their service.