NBCUniversal and Partners Offer a Free EBook for Veteran Job Seekers

Posted April 11, 2013

By Stacy Bayton, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, CASY & MSCCN

After the sacrifices that they’ve made for their country, no veteran should ever struggle to find employment. But the reality is that thousands of service men and women are currently adrift in a job market that’s not working for them. The numbers tell the story: the unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans at the end of February was 9.2 percent; one-and-a-half points higher than the national unemployment rate.

As they seek employment, many vets are finding it difficult to relate their military skills in ways that civilian employers can understand, while many employers may find it challenging to link the talents and abilities that veterans offer to the needs of their own companies. These misconceptions are still common at a critical time, as the war in Afghanistan winds down and more veterans enter the civilian work force. It’s essential that we help veterans and their families navigate this uncertain terrain and give them the tools and knowledge needed to succeed in the modern economy.

To ease this transition, the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) and Corporate America Supports You (CASY) collaborated with Citi Salutes™ and NBC Publishing to release Heroes Get Hired: How to Use Your Military Experience to Master the Interview. This free e-book by Michelle Tillis Lederman and with a forward by Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Jack Jacobs Ret. was developed to help veterans prepare for one of the most daunting aspects of the job search process: the in-person interview.

Veterans as a group are highly trained, dedicated, accustomed to working under pressure, and experienced in working within and across teams to accomplish goals; qualities desired by companies of any size in any industry. But veterans haven’t always been taught to communicate their experiences and accomplishments in a way that makes these strengths uniquely attractive to employers. Heroes Get Hired is designed to help them do just that.

Through its firm-wide Citi Salutes™ initiative, Citi has made important contributions to veterans by working to improve the financial profiles of military families and by providing career training and employment opportunities. Citi has been a strong partner in our organizations’ efforts, and in developing this book they enlisted MSCCN and CASY to provide insights on the interview challenges veterans are confronted with and the concerns that veterans have as they progress through their job searches.

NBC has shown a dedicated effort to helping reduce veteran unemployment. Through its distribution networks like NBC Publishing and its work with Got Your 6, NBC is raising awareness of the challenges around this issue by promoting Heroes Get Hired.

This e-book is an important tool that will empower veterans to talk about their talents and frame their backgrounds in a proactive and compelling way for employers. MSCCN and CASY encourage all Veteran Service Organizations to share this book with their members. By making this free resource available to veterans and their spouses as part of a comprehensive effort to reduce veteran unemployment, we can all help create a new conversation focused on the powerful assets that veterans and their families can be in the workplace and beyond.