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a resume. You’ll need to indicate on the orm whether you are claiming a five-point or a 10-point Veterans’ Preference. Be prepared with copies of your discharge papers (DD- 214 or a Statement of Service) and documentation of any medals or commendations you received.

WHAT ABOUT LANDING A JOB IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR? In addition to such private-sector standbys as the Help Wanted section of your local newspaper’s classified section and Internet services including HotJobs.com and Monster.com – which has a special section catering to veterans in partnership with www.military.com – outreach and assistance efforts tailored to the needs of veterans are

available.

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Many military

organizations

and

DOL partnerships offer vets unique job training and work-study opportunities. Contact your state employment service center for these or other programs:

  • The Communications Workers of

America program, “Military-to-Work,”

trains and places veterans networking careers in California;

in

private companies offer Recruiting Assistance and Job Fairs nationwide and year-round. These organizations sponsor career fairs that let you speak directly to employers. Many also offer resume writing assistance, Internet jobs databases targeted toward veterans and their spouses, and free

job placement services “Recruiting Assistance,” below)

.

(See

The PowerComm Foundation works with the electrician’s union to help

Boston-area electricians,

vets

get certified as telecommunications

installers, and journeyman linemen.

Airborne

Express’

work-study

program employs vets as laborers in Ohio while they study for the FAA

licensing in aircraft maintenance.

Advocacy, training and placement programs are available through DOL’s VETS program. Your state employment service center’s Local Veterans Employment Representatives Program (LVERs) provide staff who advocate for, assist and refer veterans to local jobs and training opportunities. Similarly, the

Disabled

Veterans

Outreach

Program (DVOP) provides staff to advocate for, assist and refer disabled veterans in finding local jobs, apprenticeships, training opportunities and on-the-job training. DOL advocates for you through the Federal Contractor Program, which requires businesses that hold a contract of $25,000 or more with the federal government to take action to hire and promote veterans. Federal contractors must list open positions with the state job

service, which then makes referrals from among the veterans it is serving.

In its Promoting Re-employment Opportunities for Veterans (ProVet) program, DOL focuses on specific areas in the job market with worker shortages and trains and places separating veterans in these areas. A pilot program is currently focusing on North Carolina’s industrial equipment, electronic and transportation manufacturing industries, as well as Tennessee’s electronic and computer equipment maintenance sectors.

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