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Veteran Without a Job
October 14, 2003
6:19 pm
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Tweety
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I have a wonderful relationship with my boyfriend. We live together in his home with is 3 children and I have 2 children. We all get along great. He treats me with so much respect and adoration. We are both divorced and have custody of our children. I am 36 and he is 39. The problem is he recently retired from 20 years in the Navy. Why is it hard for Veterans to find a job? He gets a retirement check every month but he needs to find a job to help support all of us. I have a job as well, but it's not enough. I know there must be Veterans out there who can relate to this problem. He has turned in hundreds of resumes. It seems that 20 years of experience in the Navy doesn't hold a lot of weight. I don't understand. It is discouraging to him but he keeps trying. I keep encouraging him. That's all I can do. Any advice?

October 14, 2003
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What is his MOS? If he is in the IT field, he's competing with a bunch of other talented IT folks who are battling a rough economy. It might not be a Navy thing... could just be the crappy market right now.

What sorts of jobs is he applying for?

October 14, 2003
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Logistics. He's done a lot of accounting work as well. Such as payables, receivables and budgeting of supplies. He's a wiz with numbers. Willing to take ANY entry level positions. I always thought veterans should get first preference. Maybe I'm being biased.

October 15, 2003
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A lot of it is flat out business case. If a company is hiring for an entry level position, and the manager has a choice between a college recruit or someone with 20 years experience, in most cases they will take the college recruit. Unfair, but true.

Maybe targeting his resume towards more mid-level jobs would yield him better results. Tailoring each resume towards the posted job opportunity can also help. Some key words to search on: procurement, accounting, audit, finance, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, tax...

I've had minimal luck with job search engines. Cold calling sometimes works, archaic as it seems. I'm not sure which city you are living in, but if you go to Barnes and Noble, in the job section you can usually find a book called "XYZ Job Bank". It contains a listing of all companies in the XYZ metro area.

October 15, 2003
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He'll get preference if he goes for a civil service job.

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