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VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness (3/31/2015)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of nearly $93 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) 3-year grants that will help approximately 45,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 24 non-profit agencies in 15 communities, with $30 million in awards being distributed to the Los Angeles area.

VA Makes Gains in Faster Disability Claims Processing (3/30/2015)

The federal initiative to provide timely decisions on disability payments to Veterans has crossed a major milestone in its final sprint to eliminate the backlog of Veterans' benefits claims.

Hundreds of Disabled Veterans to Attend Winter Sports Clinic (3/27/2015)

More than 300 disabled Veterans are hitting the slopes this week at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colorado. The Clinic, sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Disabled American Veterans, is the largest adaptive event of its kind in the world and will take place from March 29 through April 3.

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What you need to know as a job seeker

Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:44:12 +0000

VA Careers is dedicated to the recruitment of the finest health care professionals to care for our Nation’s Veterans – and has a team of recruiters working for this purpose on an annual basis. For those efforts we process over 1 million applications yearly and hire an estimated average of 44,000 annually.

In the recruitment arena, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is lack of communication between employers and jobseekers. That’s correct – employers across the board, not just VA. If you read about the application process at varying organizations, almost always, a lack of communication is a major problem. A news article mentioned, “Not responding to their applications” as the #1 complaint among surveyed jobseekers.

Also, being told, “not qualified” is among the top 10 also. Within VA, there are many that feel Veteran Preference does not allow a non-Veteran to get hired, while some Veterans feels preference is non-existent.

The reality is that all hiring could be improved in America. That is why it is up to the jobseeker to manage their career path. A First Sergeant mentor of mine gave me great advice, “No one cares about your career like you do. Follow up.“

There are many methods to improve your “game” as a job seeker and many of the topics are touched on here – A Veterans approach to a job search. I encourage you to review the career advice and become an expert job seeker.

Lastly, do not get discouraged. As individuals, we cannot control all aspects of a hiring process, but we can ensure that we have done our best to demonstrate our qualifications and willingness to an employer. It may take one application, it may take 100, but there is a position for everyone. When a good fit is made, both the jobseeker and employer are responsive.

To explore careers at VA, visit VACareers.va.gov

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