Thursday, January 21, 2016

Helping Job-seeking Veterans

WI Vets - Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau
WI Vets - courtesy U.S. Census Bureau

Wisconsin is home to about 414,000 veterans.  They make up about 11 % of our population.  Approximately 4.1% of veterans in Wisconsin were unemployed according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

As the map shows, veterans live in communities across our state, with higher concentrations on the Eastern side of Wisconsin.  Libraries around Wisconsin can assist veterans who are seeking or changing jobs and embarking on new careers.

If you're looking for ideas to perk up your portfolio of job-search services for veterans read on.

The Davenport Public Library's veteran's page uses LibGuides to share information on local groups providing employment and other services for veterans.

Hooah! Quad Cities, is a project of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, that connects veterans to news and job resources.  The organization is committed to maintaining the Rock Island Arsenal as a regional and national asset.

The San Francisco Public Library offers a Veterans Resource Center, staffed by trained volunteers who provide information about veterans benefits, resources and local services.  What a great way to bring members of the veterans community and their neighbors together. The SFPL's website features a robust assortment of links to online and print resources, local and regional organizations supporting employment and other services to veterans and more.

The Baltimore County Public Library website includes a very robust collection of links to resources designed to connect veterans to a wide range of services.  One of the more unique resources is Helmets to Hardhats - a national, nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. The program is designed to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry.

The Los Angeles Public Library hosts a great site that combines links to employment postings with inspiring resources like iHeartRadio's Show Your Stripes .  Show Your Stripes is a great site built to generate awareness around the issue of veteran unemployment, encourage businesses to hire skilled veterans and help those transitioning out of the military find jobs.

There are many great sites and organizations working with vets on employment issues.  One of the most robust is Military.Com - the MONSTER Veterans Employment Center.  It offers a valuable tool that helps veterans translate their military skills to specialties sought in the civilian work force.

If you know and use other great tools in helping veterans who are seeking jobs or changing careers, please share them!

Written by:
Martha Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning