Excerpts from Boots to Loafers

Veteran-Friendly Employers and Other Resources for Ex-Military

by paulfalconehr.com on September 30, 2013

From John Phillips’ new book Boots to Loafers: Finding Your New True North

Due for release in late 2013

The goal of this website is to find new ways of giving back to the community, whether that’s professionally for Human Resource practitioners and corporate leaders or via career development strategies—for new college grads, returning veterans, or older workers having challenges “navigating the rapids” of the job market since the 2008 Great Recession began.

There’s no such thing as a “perfect” job candidate, and everyone struggles with something—spotty longevity due to multiple rounds of layoffs, lack of industry experience for a particular target company being pursued, and the like. But veterans face a special challenge because it comes on two fronts . . .

First, they have to make a case for having transferable skills to the company / industry they’re pursuing as they transition into the private sector. Second, they have to translate their military achievements into civilian lingo so that prospective employers can relate their career histories to the potential performance and impact they’ll have on a particular company.

The good news is that the country as a whole is very pro-veteran. The level of appreciation for our men and women in uniform probably hasn’t been this high since the end of the Second World War. And veteran websites are chock full of online resources to help with job-finding, financial management, work-life balance, and transitioning back into civilian and family life as smoothly as possible. Still, career transition never easy, and some resources will garner faster results than others.

Paul recently contributed several chapters to LTC, U.S. Army (Ret.) John “JP” Phillips’ new book titled Boots to Loafers: Finding Your New True North (ImageMark Publishing, Charlotte, NC), due to be released in late 2013. With John’s and the publisher’s permission, this except from the book focuses on resources to help all returning veterans supplement and enhance their job search and ease the transition back into the private sector.

To Those Who Have Served… Thank you for all you’ve done to serve our country. We’re so very blessed for the service you’ve rendered. We hope this blog resource, and more importantly, the Boots to Loafers book, will in some small way repay you for the many blessings you’ve given us of peace and prosperity. – Paul Falcone


Top Veteran-Friendly Employers

Other Websites for Identifying Veteran-Friendly Companies with Current Job Openings

Additional Resources that May be of Interest . . .

  • Joining Forces: Taking Action to Service America’s Military Families http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces
    • Employment Resources for Veterans
    • Military Spouse License Portability
    • Helping Veterans and Service Members Transition to Civilian Careers
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 http://www.benefits.va.gov/vow/
    • “Gives you the assistance and retraining you need to get a job”
    • “The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides seamless transition for Service members, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities.”

O*Net Online is a treasure trove of information about careers, and you’ll also find a section on Military Occupation Classification (equivalencies). You can find out more at www.onetonline.org/find or www.onetonline.org/. Note that the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (or D.O.T, as it’s commonly called) is a standard resource used for decades to help identify various roles available in the private sector. Historically, however, it focused more on manufacturing-related positions, while O*Net is dedicated more to jobs in the information age.

Finally, if you enter “ex-military job hunting” into your Google search engine, you’ll find additional resources like these:

The good news is that these sites are proliferating and changing all the time. The sometimes more challenging news is that you could easily suffer from information overload. Therefore, make this as simple on yourself as possible: Dedicate two to three hours to reviewing these various sites, and then simply focus in on one or two that seem to feel right and fit your personality. Exhaust those initial one or two sites before exploring further: whittling down your resources is important when there’s so much to choose from.

Finally, should you need more resources than the rich supply above for any reason, simply conduct a Google or “Ask.com” search to learn more about leading companies and organizations looking to hire veterans in your field of specialty or geographic area.