VA for Vets

Posted: July 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA. From dynamic job searches and military skills translation to professional development and deployment lifecycle support – there is something for every veteran in this program. The Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO), a new organization within the Department of Veterans Affairs, was established specifically to oversee the program. This office is the first of its kind dedicated entirely to ensuring the career success of veterans. They served for us. Now VA for Vets is serving those who have served our country. Program features include:
 On‐line support services tailored to the needs of each Veteran at
 Career Center to translate military skills to civilian work, create easy‐to‐read resumes, apply to open VA positions, and save all results into one profile.
 Contact coaches for help with deployment and reintegration issues or questions related to careers at VA.
 Deployment Lifecycle Resources to access vital information to prepare for and support deployment and reintegration.
 Professional Development through Web‐based and instructor‐led training to sharpen skills or learn more about deployment and reintegration topics.
 Webinars and Videos which cover the strengths and skills Veterans bring to the workforce and how to bes tsupport Military Service Members.
 Virtual Collaboration Tool which allows interaction with a coach, supervisor or HR professional in a personalized virtual workspace
The program’s mission is simple: to create a world‐class organization of Veterans serving Veterans. VA for Vets wants Veterans to love working at and to build meaningful careers at VA. To achieve this goal, VA for Vets aims to:
 Recruit Veterans outside of VA to come work at VA.
 Retain the 100,000+ Veterans currently employed at VA.
 Reintegrate VA’s Military Service Member employees seamlessly after deployments.
 Recognize and honor Military Service.
 Educate VA’s supervisors, hiring managers and human resources professionals and coworkers about Veteran specific issues and support resources.
[Source: VA for Vets Fact Sheet 1 Jun 2012 ++]


The National Veterans Small Business Conference, the government's premier event for Veteran-owned small businesses, is coming to Detroit's Cobo Center June 26-29. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced .that a "VA for Vets" Hiring Fair will be held June 26-28 during the conference for Veterans looking for careers in the public and private sectors. The conference is expected to attract thousands of Veterans, business owners and federal employees, and bring an estimated $3 million in direct spending to the city. "VA is committed to bringing more Veteran-owned businesses into the public-private partnership," said VA Chief of Staff John Gingrich. "In addition to the National Veterans Small Business Conference, our Detroit Hiring Fair will provide Veterans with on-the-spot job opportunities and interviews, while also offering career search classes and one-on-one counseling." Last year's National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo in New Orleans drew almost 5,000 attendees, and more than 6,000 participants are expected this year.
The Detroit Hiring Fair builds upon VA's success 18 JAN in Washington at which a partnership of federal agencies and private industry attracted over 4,100 Veterans and resulted in over 2,600 on-the-spot interviews and more than 500 tentative job offers. "These events are part of Secretary Shinseki's ongoing efforts to help Veterans find employment in both the public and private sectors," said Gingrich. "As the President said in his State of the Union address, Veterans are crucial to our economy, and we need to find them jobs." This year's conference will include an open house June 26-28 that gives Veterans the chance to learn the wide range of resources available to help them with their own businesses. Also available will be the VetGovPartner online platform, which enables networking, viewing the business profiles of all participants, and identifying business opportunities with more than 400 government procurement decision makers in attendance.
Known historically as the world's capital for the transportation industry, the Detroit metro area is reinventing itself with six booming industries: medical research, defense, entertainment, green tech, urban farming, and aeronautics. About 330,000 Veterans are served by the city's VA medical center, and more than 704,000 Veterans live in Michigan. VA invites all interested persons and businesses to attend. More information about the small business conference is available at Information and registration for the hiring fair is available at http://www.VAforVets.VA.Gov/Detroit. [Source: VA News Release 10 May2012 ++]


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