Veteran employment

Veterans Day: Remembering that Number

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24324_506457942804_1714822_nBy: SFC Josh Marquis (pictured)

As November approaches, we often look at the calendar in anticipation of that one day when most health food addicts suffer a significant emotional event.  But nestled quietly between the 10th and the 12th, annotated with neatly printed text, is another significant event known as “Veterans Day.”

“How’d that get there?” we often ask ourselves.

The celebration of November 11th dates back nearly 100 years.  President Wilson took to the national stage on November 11, 1919 to recognize the first anniversary of the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations.  While honoring the brave men who perished during World War I, he referred to this day as “Armistice Day.”  It was celebrated as such for another 35 years before being renamed “Veterans Day” in 1954 after a World War II veteran named Raymond Weeks fought to expand the holiday.  His hopes were to not only honor those veterans who gave their lives for this great nation during World War I, but to celebrate all veterans.  On May 26, 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill expanding the holiday which would later become known as “Veterans Day” during a Congressional amendment on June 1, 1954.

While “Memorial Day” recognizes those who made the ultimate sacrifice, “Veterans Day” recognizes all Veterans, both past and present, while still honoring all veterans who have passed away, regardless of cause.  But just how many people are we honoring?  According the U.S. Census Bureau (2011), even though 1.47 million veterans are serving on active duty at any given time, there are 21.5 million veterans in the United States today.  That’s just 7% of the population.  Dating back to June 14, 1775, some estimates show an astonishing 100 million people have served in the American military.

Wherever you may be on Monday, November 11, think of that number.  Whether you’re spending the day celebrating with a classic American barbeque, spending the day out with family, earning your next paycheck, or relaxing at home, remember that number.  Without that number, the United States may still be paying levies to the Queen; Europe may be in the hands of the Nazis; the United States may be dependent on the Japanese; Communism may rule the world; Saddam may be in control of the world’s oil; and the United States may have never gotten justice for September 11, 2001.

This Veterans Day, if you know a veteran, hug them, praise them, look them in the eye and shake their hand.  Whatever you do, thank them.  Remember that number because, without it, the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness may no longer be self-evident.

Read more Veteran stories in the Military Service Employment Journal at msej.info

Find Work Anytime: Holiday Temp Jobs!

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I have heard that this is the best time to look for work. Many candidates slow down or stop their job search because of the holidays. So, you have a better chance of making network connections (holiday cheer), getting an interview, and even getting hired. So it’s time to network and get the word out that you are looking for a job.

This time of year you can also find a stepping stone position as a temp or seasonal worker. Treat your temp or seasonal work like it is your dream job. Work your schedule, do a good job, be a problem solver, do a more than what is asked of you, and make a lasting impression.   A seasonal job can become a permanent position. Great places to check out are department stores, packing agencies, doctor’s offices, etc.

For additional ideas of jobs check out this week’s Find Work Anytime.  All the positions and thousands of other positions for military-affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page.  The first five opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Opening with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

  1. Driver Helpers Seasonal, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 54397BR
  2. Customer Care Professional Any City, Alabama 54080BR
  3. Project Manager, Louisville, Kentucky 53329BR
  4. Part – Time Retail Sales Consultant Redlands, CA 55279BR
  5. Retail Sales Consultant, Bi-lingual Spanish, Garland, Texas 55273BR
  6. Store Seasonal Employee, Lowes, Mira Loma, CA
  7. Claims Professional Trne – IAP Sedgwick Claims Management Svs. , Inc. Riverside, CA
  8. Data Entry Clerk, Adecco, Fallbrook, CA
  9. Floater Teacher, Knowledge Learning Corporation, Hemet, CA
  10. Seasonal – Retail Sales – jewelry  – Galleria at Tyler, Nordstrom, Riverside, CA

Find Work Wednesday – Starting Over Edition (Stepping Stone Careers)

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We recently changed cable providers.  This was my husband’s idea as, I suspect, he was tired of listening to me complain about how expensive our other provider was getting.  So, he signed us up for one of those “first customer introductory rates.” So far, I am not a fan.  While I was painfully aware of our previous provider’s inadequacies, at least, they were familiar inadequacies.  I had made friends with the remote control, memorized how to find my favorite channels and could, for the most part, find my way around the menu selections.   Now, I have to start all over again.

The reality of starting over hasn’t been completely unfamiliar to me in the last few years. Like so many, I lost my job a few years ago – a casualty of the economy and corporate politics at the upper echelons at the company I worked for 10 years.  The thought of having to start over in a new career or with a new company can be daunting.  In truth, it can be paralyzing.  We can become so overwhelmed with the “where do I begin” emotions of starting over that we don’t move forward at all.  It can be an intimidating thing when that ladder of success slips out from under you and you have to start climbing back up from the bottom again.

But, starting over also gives us the opportunity to reinvent ourselves…to wipe the slate clean and to ask that proverbial question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”  And, not just ask that question, but begin moving towards that goal whether that means
volunteering, going back to school or starting in an entry level position in a new career.

This week’s Find Work Wednesday focuses on our partnership with Convergys and their work from home program and call center programs.   Convergys offers entry level or call center opportunities, supporting many fortune 500 companies in a customer service, light sales or technical support in a “work from home” format or at various call centers located across the country.

While it’s not for everyone, a work from home option is a great opportunity for military spouses or anyone looking for the stability of a full time job but the flexibility of a career that can be boxed up and moved to various duty stations or based around the needs of a family at home.  The time and money saved on a daily commute, meals out and work wardrobe can be used for more important things in life.

The flexibility of working from home also means less interruption or hiccups in career advancement that often comes with frequent moves.  Your seniority, training and expertise moves with you.  Just because you may start in an “entry-level position”, that doesn’t mean you have to stay there.  Not only does Convergys allow employees the option of working in the comfort of their own home, they also offer opportunities for career advancement within Convergys and possibly beyond.

If you have this special niche and want to take on a real challenge check out this week’s Find Work Wednesday position and thousands of other position for military affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page.  The first five opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Opening with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

 

  1. CenterCustomer Service Assoc, FedEx,  Kansas City, MO 52685BR
  2. Center Customer Service Assoc, Denver, CO 52681BR
  3. Center Specialist, Chapel Hill, NC 52679BR
  4. Center Customer Service Coord, West Jordan, UT 52674BR
  5. Sales Customer Service Spec, San Diego, CA 52613BR
  6. Sales and Servie Rep II, Convergys, Valdosta, GA
  7. Manager, Operations-Call Center, Convergys, Denver, CO
  8. Cust Serv & Problem Res Rep I, Jacksonville, NC
  9. Insurance Sales Representative, Wichita, KS
  10. Cust Service & Sales Reps Now Hiring $10.00/hr, Chattanooga, TN

Find Work Wednesday: Back to Earth Edition

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You might have read that a satellite recently fell from space.  I did hear NASA was going to cut back on the space program, but letting satellites and space stations fall uncontrollably to earth is a little extreme.  I was wondering if NASA is still hiring and do you have to be a rocket scientist to work there.

Like many kids I dreamed of being an astronaut and what earth would look like from a tiny medal capsule in space.  I remember the day when everyone gathered in 6th grade common room to watch as a teacher was allowed to travel up to space as part of the crew.  I also remember the collective gasps and the dead silence watching the shuttle explode. I remember that the teachers quickly turned off the television and ushered us back to our rooms in confusion.

Today, we have sophisticated technology once only dreamed of.  So when all of the outrage occurred over the satellite falling and no one being able to predict where, I thought back to the classroom so long ago.  How soon we forget how far our technology has come in the last 25 years! Where will we be in the next 25 years, maybe you will be part of the next breakthrough!

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first four opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

  1. Opportunities for Disabled, Aerospace, Nationwide, 51892BR
  2. Intelligence Specialist, Aerospace, Huntsville, AL, 51891BR
  3. Director of Flight, Aerospace, Kern County, CA, 51890BR
  4. Aerospace Engineer, Aerospace, Santa Clara County, CA 51889BR
  5. Student Career Experience, Aerospace, Hampton, VA 51888BR
  6. Technical Project Manager, Aerospace, Hampton, VA 51887BR
  7. Proposal Manager BAE      Systems (Sterling     Heights, MI)
  8. Director, Proposal Operations BAE      Systems (Sterling     Heights, MI)
  9. Mechanical Engineering Intern- Junior Raytheon (Plano, TX)
  10. Systems Test – Systems Engineer I Raytheon (Tucson, AZ)
  11. Mechanical Engineering Intern-Sophomore Raytheon (Plano, TX)
  12. Mgr I Manufacturing Engrg Raytheon (Dallas, TX)
  13. Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Aurora, CO)
  14. Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Aurora, CO)
  15. Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Garland, TX)
  16. Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Garland, TX)

Find Work Wednesday: The Bilingual Edition

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch? ¿Habla usted español?  Parlez-vous français?  Parli italiano?  هل تتكلم العربية؟ Puhutko suomea?  Говорите ли вы русский язык?

Most of us who have grown up in the United States public school systems have been exposed to a foreign language or two before we graduate.  Even my preschooler has been exposed to limited Spanish phrases thanks to Dora, Diego and Handy Manny. But, for most of us who have not been raised in a bilingual family, we often lose or do not retain the languages that we are not regularly exposed to. But the ability to speak two or more languages definitely has its advantages to a job seeker.  Bilingual, trilingual or multilingual speakers are, ever increasingly, in high demand with employers across the
country.

We live in a global economy and a job seeker who can conduct business in a second language (or more) can definitely have an advantage over a monolingual speaker.  I work at a call center in Grand Rapids, MI.  (Not
especially known as an epicenter for cultural diversity.)  Our company, however, is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  We conduct
business with hoteliers and customers on 6 out of 7 continents.  (I don’t know of any hotels in Antarctica, but then again, I haven’t tried to visit!)

At any given time, we can be conducting business in as many as 30 languages from our office in Grand Rapids, MI. What a diverse, interesting, and unique office environment!  Keep in mind some employers will even reimburse for the programs to help you learn a new language.  So how far are you willing to go to get a pay raise or new job, would you learn a new language?

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses, military service members, and Veterans can be found at our Job Seeker’s page.  Opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN” and searching for the reference number. Additional jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with the JobCentral National Labor exchange”.

Spanish

Bilingual Relay Associate, AT&T, Augusta, GA 51381BR

Bilingual Back Office Medical Assistant, Concentra, Houston,  TX 51383BR

At Work-Paramedic/PRN, Concentra Ft Lauderdale, FL 51384BR

Product Developer I, Nike, Portland, OR 51385BR

Part Time Data Collections Interviewer, Convergys, Erlanger, KY 51387BR

Bilingual Customer Service Rep, Convergys, Jacksonville,  FL 51389BR

Mandarin

Bilingual Store Manager, AT&T, Flushing, NY 51382BR

French

Part Time Data Collections Interviewer, Convergys, Erlanger,  KY 53188BR

German

Bilingual German Customer Service Resolution Rep, Convergys, Orem, UT 51386BR

JobCentral National Labor Exchange Positions:

Find Work Wednesday: Teacher’s Salute Edition

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Did you hear that?  Listen close.  That was the sound of millions of children climbing the steps of a million busses to go to a million schools across the country.  That other sound you heard – the groans of a million kids heading back into the fray mixed with the sound of a million moms sighing with relief as their little darlings start another year of school, along with the sprinkle of a few tears.

This week’s Find Work Wednesday edition is to honor of the millions of men and women educators who we entrust with the hearts and minds of our future.  Since the school year has already started the ideal job may be elusive for a little while; there are many viable career options out there for men and women who know how to teach.  We also recognize there are many educators out there who have struggled in today’s economy with school cutbacks, hiring freezes and job loss.  However, educators bring some unique talents to the corporate world — understanding the tenants and principles of education; the ability to teach a skill is a valuable commodity in the business world – one that not everyone possesses.

We, as parents, send our kids into classrooms and impart on teachers and educator the task of teaching, leading, inspiring, challenging and caring for our children.  We salute all educators who meet this monumental mission with determination and triumph.  So if you are still looking, consider sharing your special talent with some of the companies below, they would be honored to have you!

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first fifteen opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with the National Labor Exchange”.

  1.  Military Base Site Coordinator, K-12, EF Warren AFB-Cheyenne, WY 50930BR
  2. Teacher-F/T Social Studies-Virtual, K-12, Statewide, OH 50929BR
  3. Advisor, K-12, Statewide, OH   50928BR
  4. Office Administrator, K-12, New Orleans, LA 50927BR
  5. Foreign Language, K-12, All States   50926BR
  6. Virtual Math Teacher HS, K-12, Grand Rapids, MI  50925BR
  7. Site Coordinator, K-12, Midwest City, OK (Tinker AFB)   50924BR
  8. Teacher HS Virtual, K-12, Lawrence, KS    50923BR
  9. Teacher 7-12 Virtual, K-12, Bloomsburg, PA 50922BR
  10. Head of School, K-12, New Orleans, LA 50920BR
  11. Teacher-P/T Spanish, K-12, Statewide, ID 50938BR
  12. Records Dept. Analyst, K-12, Atlanta, CA   50933BR
  13. Teacher-P/T French, K-12, Statewide, ID 50937BR
  14. Trainer, Ft. Lewis, Washington, 50499BR
  15. Sr. Military Science Instructor, ROTC, Bowling Green, KY, 50038BR
  16. Staff Research Assoc I #12828, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  17. After-School Staff, Melmark New England (Andover, MA)
  18. Curriculum Development / IEP Coordinator, Melmark New England (Andover, MA)
  19. Job Coach, Trinity Health & Employment Services, LLC (Bridgeport, CT)
  20. Geometry Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Redwood City, CA)
  21. Network Systems Expert, American Tutoring.com (Hillsboro, OR)
  22. History Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Harrisburg, PA)
  23. Chemistry Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Piedmont, CA)
  24. College Chemistry Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
  25. AP Calculus BC Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Fremont, CA)
  26. Writing Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Champaign, IL)
  27. Admissions Reader, #12833, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  28. Sr. Scoring Director/Chief Reader, Pearson (Malta, NY)
  29. Marketing/Social Media Coordinator (PT), Hillcrest Family Services (Dubuque, IA)

*Note- here is a helpful resource if you are considering teaching virtually! National Standards for Online Teaching:

http://www.inacol.org/research/nationalstandards/NACOL%20Standards%20Quality%20Online%20Teaching.pdf

 

Find Work Wednesday: You Can Do What, Where?

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Traditionally when we think of working in an industry, we think of only the primary jobs involved with the specific industry.  In the banking industry for example,  you think of bank tellers, loan officers, stock brokers, financial advisors; you get the picture, right?  But in each industry you need a host of additional support to help that organization run, in banking you need IT to
keep the online banking system running smoothly.  So this week’s focus will be jobs not traditionally associated with that industry.

The purpose of this week’s find work Wednesday is to challenge job seekers to think outside of the box.  Sometimes when we want a specific position we only look in that industry and when it isn’t available we give up.  What if that position was available  somewhere else?  What if it just took a little extra research?  Would you feel like you gave up on your dream job to soon?

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses can
be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first four opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor
Exchange (NLX)”.

Search for Openings with MSCCN:

  1. Integration Systems Architect, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Virginia (49706BR)
  2. Information      Security Analyst, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Virginia (49707BR)
  3. Research  Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, California  (49708BR)
  4. Intermediate Data Warehouse Developer, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Virginia (49709BR)

Search for Openings with NLX:

  1. Associate I – Environmental Services, Suburban  Hospital (Bethesda, MD)
  2. Patient Access Applications Trainer, Greater Baltimore Medical Center (Towson, MD)
  3. Teacher’s Assistant, Samaritan Hospital (Baltimore, MD)
  4. Teacher – Day Care, Samaritan Hospital (Baltimore, MD)
  5. Distribution Clerk, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (Bel Air, MD)
  6. Maintenance Mechanic, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (Bel Air, MD)