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White House launches 1-stop shopping for vets seeking jobs

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May 1, 2014 | Across DoD
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The First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama speaks to Soldiers, Family members and employers during the Veterans Job Summit and Career Forum April 23 at Fort Campbell, Ky. Photo by Sam Shore, Fort Campbell MVISC
WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, announced the launch of the Veterans Employment Center, the first online one-stop shopping tool for veterans, transitioning service members and spouses in search of employment, at the “Joining Forces” initiative April 23 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The Veterans Employment Center is designed to connect veterans and transitioning service members with employers and to help translate military skills into the public- and private-sector civilian workforce.

“Our service members haven’t always had the time or information they needed to prepare their resumes, to plot their career goals, to meet with employers and get the jobs they deserve. And that’s simply not acceptable,” the first lady said. “As my husband has said, when you’ve fought for this country around the world, you shouldn’t have to fight for a job when you return home.

“Starting today,” she continued, “every single service member, every veteran and every military Family will have access to a new online tool that will revolutionize how you find jobs in both the public and private sectors.”

The new online resource is the first interagency tool to bring together a wealth of public and private job opportunities, a resume-builder, military skills translator and detailed career and training resources.

In connection with Joining Forces, the Department of Defense, and the departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, and Education, and the Office of Personnel Management worked with employers to design and develop the site and incorporate features of existing online employment tools within government.

The center is meant to improve, simplify and consolidate the existing array of employment resources for veterans, officials said. It also will provide a single, comprehensive database of resumes for employers who seek to leverage the skills and talents of veterans, service members and their spouses.

With this tool, employers will be able to search and view veteran, service member and spouse resumes in one location. Resumes are visible to all employers with an active LinkedIn or Google profile.

To prevent spam, applicants’ names and email addresses are redacted, and are visible only to employers verified by VA as registered companies with the IRS. The site also is built using open data and an open application programming interface to attract private-sector innovation.

The online tool is available at http://ebenefits.va.gov.
 
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