Education versus experience.

Posted on 3rd July 2013 in News From Outside VH

By Darren Sherrard
VACareers Blog | Advice on VA Careers
















In the beginning there was only experience. Wisdom was obtained by doing and learning thru action. Over time, man began sharing life lessons and educating others. What evolved were teachers and doers, leaders and followers. Then along came education.

1939- Business executives, who do most of the hiring, were less impressed than hopeful parents by a college diploma. Some 42% of them favored a high-school graduate, only 29% a college man.

2012- Those on both sides of this debate would agree that success in the classroom, combined with experiential education through internships, is the best of both worlds for “real world” preparation.

2013- It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk



Coming Home: Pathways to Success for Service Members and Veterans

Posted on 1st May 2013 in News From Outside VH

by Rosye Cloud and Martha Kanter

With more than a million veterans returning home to our nation’s shores over the next five years, we have an unprecedented opportunity – and a civic obligation – to strengthen their pathways to success. To prepare for their return home and their transition back to civilian life, the Obama Administration sought – early on– to bring diverse government partners to the table, calling for an interagency planning effort to support Service members’ career readiness.

In response to President Obama’s call to action for a career-ready military in August 2011, the Veterans Employment Initiative Task Force was launched, under the leadership of the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. This interagency effort has brought together a collaboration of federal agencies – including Education, the Small Business Administration, Labor, Homeland Security and the Office of Personnel Management, as well as our military services and National Guard and Reserves –  as partners, working together on the first major redesign of the military’s Transition Assistance Program in over twenty years to develop a comprehensive, outcome-based re-entry program now called Transition Goals, Plans, Success (Transition GPS).



A Veterans approach to a job search.

Posted on 26th April 2013 in News From Outside VH

By Darren Sherrard VA Careers—Department of Veterans Affairs

The military teaches us many things that we may never use again outside of the military. Most employers feel that Veterans are great employees who bring valuable skills to a company. I have noticed employers have formed opinions of Veterans as employees through enculturation. I know, big word; it’s the forming of opinions based upon one’s culture learned through experiences, observations and instruction. As such, some love and see value in Veterans, some may not.

Like many Veterans today, I am taking advantage of my GI Bill benefits and one of my assignments is to choose a topic and write a persuasive essay. There were many topics to choose from, but my background led me to “Mandatory Military Service”. I am instructed to pick a side and write about it. I will not get into my view on the topic, but I assure you that I am enjoying expressing it. Some will be for and some will be against, but it really makes one think about Veterans. What is a Veteran? Can anyone be a Veteran? I spent some time in recruiting and know first-hand that not everyone can be in the military, and that is the first step towards earning the title of Veteran.


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Recharge Your Résumé!

Posted on 18th March 2013 in News From Outside VH







Have you been using the same resume throughout your job search? For every opportunity, tailor your resume for the specific position you are applying for. VA for Vets can help! Our Resume Builder allows you to create and save five different federal resumes that highlight your unique experience. You may upload one of your new and improved resumes to the Veteran Resume Database, where federal hiring managers are looking for candidates to fill open positions.


Get started today in the VA for Vets Career Center. If you need assistance, call a VA for Vets career coach at 1-855-824-8387

(TTY: 1-855-824-8833) or send an email request.


VA for Vets Password Updates

To better protect your profile, VA for Vets is strengthening password requirements. Your password needs to be at least 8 characters with:

  • At least one upper case letter
  • At least one lower case letter
  • At least one number
  • At least one special character (examples include !, @, #, $)

You’ll need to change your password every 90 days. If you don’t access your account for 210 days, you’ll be prompted to change your password the next time you log in.

The Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO) oversees VA for Vets, a comprehensive career management program that enables Veterans to successfully join the federal civilian workforce. To learn more, visit Get the latest VA for Vets news by joining the conversation on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Enhance Your VA for Vets Profile!

Posted on 14th February 2013 in News From Outside VH




Are you taking advantage of all the VA for Vets Career Center tools? Widen your job search through self-assessments. Taking a series of self-assessments generates a snapshot of your professional strengths. You can identify your levels of proficiency associated with common skills (like leadership or time management). A variety of tests evaluate:

  • Actual work experience
  • Current skills
  • Work activities you enjoy
  • Interests and work preferences
  • Aptitudes and abilities

Armed with the results, you can highlight those strengths in your resume. Get started today in the VA for Vets Career Center. If you need assistance, call a VA for Vets career coach at 1-855-824-8387 (TTY: 1-855-824-8833).


The Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO) oversees VA for Vets, a comprehensive career management program that enables Veterans to successfully join the federal civilian workforce. To learn more, visit


Get the latest VA for Vets news by joining the conversation on LinkedIn and Facebook

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Veteran Employment Information for Employers

Posted on 8th January 2013 in News From Outside VH


VA is dedicated to helping homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk of homelessness secure and maintain employment leading to increased residential and personal stability. Our goal is to afford Veterans the opportunity to return to healthy, productive lifestyles within their own communities.


Veterans served our country well. You can help honor their service – and benefit your business – by employing them. Veterans have a proven track record of dependability, teamwork, and individual problem solving from their military experience that can be put to work in your organization. Hiring service-connected Veterans could also qualify you for sizable tax benefits and other incentives from the federal government. Providing jobs for homeless Veterans is one of the most important things you can do to help those who served our country.

For more information about how to hire America’s Veterans, Make the Call. Contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline at 1-877-4AID-VET. A trained VA representative will be available to help you. Benefit a Veteran – benefit your business.


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Posted on 9th November 2012 in News From Outside VH comprises a suite of services that help companies nationwide connect with Military Veterans. acknowledges the value of the technical skill, leadership, and diversity that represent Military Veterans. As a veteran owned organization, we know the unique work experience and qualifications veterans can bring to the workplace. We offer job seekers a community of support and connections to employers seeking qualified, veteran candidates. Our site is free to all members of the military in every branch of the service.


Qualified candidates can sign up using their Facebook logins. The entire sign up process takes about five minutes and is very user friendly. When a candidate signs up, they can start searching for jobs by radius of a city, by state, by job field or by a specific company name. In turn, companies can search for candidates by job qualifications or location if the candidate leaves their resume listed as “public.” There are more options by leaving it public and we recommend doing that. has a very strong presence on Twitter and Facebook and we are expanding our reach into LinkedIn and also Google+. We post jobs daily across our social media boards and we also talk about new partnerships or information for veterans that we feel will best benefit them.

Throughout our partnerships, we have been able to meet many different people who focus on different veterans’ issues besides for jobs. We have an arsenal full of resources and offer these to all of our veteran candidates.


We work to connect employers to Military Veterans and their families to help them find rewarding careers and excellent candidates. We understand the value and leadership that comes with being a veteran and we respect our military for their accomplishments. To learn more about our site, please visit

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Milicruit Live Career Day November 13th

Posted on 26th October 2012 in Career Fairs, News From Outside VH





Kristina Saul
Virtual Events Producer

Here is a great opportunity to meet with company recruiters once you have applied to positions!

Milicruit is a 24/7/365 environment, where you can research and apply to over 38 fortune 100 and 500 companies with jobs nationwide and worldwide.

On Tuesday November 13th Milicruit will have a Live Career day from 1-4 ET, were you can follow up on your application with live recruiters in their booth with “LIVE CHAT” sessions. Remember Jobs fill and become available every hour so you may find new jobs to apply for on career day as well. Register at

Over 9200 veterans and spouses have been hired through our partners since March of 2012- Check it out!

Who can attend? Veterans from all eras and service branches, reservists, retirees and all military spouses.

*Make sure to do your homework and research the companies booths and the jobs before you reach out to a recruiter- A good question to ask would be, “The job description asks for a Bachelor’s degree, I have 15 years in the field can I still apply?” Not do you have a position in California- That information is in their careers tab for you to look up.

Milicruit also has a great “Help Desk Booth” with some wonderful resume tools, key words, resume templates and a military to civilian translator.

Below are the companies that will be attending- Register today and start visiting booths and applying to some great positions .

Companies participating

American Corporate Partners
American Red Cross
AOC Solutions
Arise Virtual Solutions Inc.
Camping World
CHSi Middle East
Coach USA
Dish Network
Dr Pepper Snapple Group
General Motors
IM Flash
Level 3 Communications, Inc
NCO Financial
Northwestern Mutual
Office of Personnel Mgmt
Penske Truck Leasing
Pepsi Beverages Company
State Street Corporation
The SI Organization Inc.
Union Pacific
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Waste Management
WMATA- Washington Metro
Xerox Business Services