October 19th, 2010

The VA Wants to Hire Qualified Veterans

http://www.blogs.va.gov/ReturningServiceMembers/index.cfm/2010/10/19/The-VA-Wants-to-Hire-Qualified-Veterans

 

A Veteran at a job fair in Germany.
Want to work for the VA? Contact Veterans Employment Coordination Service (Email: vecs@va.gov or toll free 1-866-606-6206.
 

By Ken Mac Garrigle

Employment remains the #1 issue for returning OEF/OIF Veterans.

A recent 60 Minutes broadcast notes that unemployment for OEF/OIF Veterans is 20% -- double the national average.
 
While the VA hired 5,395 Veterans the first half of FY 2010 (out of more than 32k Veterans total Federal-wide), there is still a long ways to go.
 
So how do you *crack the code* of finding work with the Federal government?
 
If you’d like to work for the VA, a good place to start might be with VA’s Veterans Employment Coordination Service (Email: vecs@va.gov or toll free 1-866-606-6206). These folks are here explicitly for the purpose of hiring Vets. They can also help with your resume and other job-related functions.
 
Give them a call or send them an e-mail, and they will connect you with the local VA Regional Coordinator for your geographic area.
 

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