Best Companies for LGBTQ Workers

Workplace equality is improving, but some employees, unfortunately, still face discrimination because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Finding companies that include sexual orientation and gender identity in their non-discrimination policies is a way to identify companies that have made a public commitment to hiring more LGBTQ employees. But there’s still a ways to go. In fact, according to a recent Monster survey, 56% of respondents think companies should be doing more to recruit and hire from the LGBTQ community, and nearly 20% think their current employer has a negative attitude toward LGBTQ hiring.

To right that wrong, Monster consulted the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which rates companies based on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) equality.

The CEI rating criteria have four key pillars:

  • Non-discrimination policies
  • Employment benefits
  • Supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility including public commitment to LGBTQ equality
  • Responsible citizenship

This year, 571 businesses received a top rating of 100%. In addition, gender identity is now part of non-discrimination policies at 85% of Fortune 500 companies, up from just 3% in 2002.

Best places to work for LGBTQ equality (organized by industry):

Advertising and marketing

DigitasLBi

Fleishman-Hillard

Interpublic Group of Companies

Leo Burnett Company

MSLGroup

Nielsen

Ogilvy Group

Omnicom Group

Publicis Inc

Publicis Media

Publicis Sapient

Quantcast

Re:Sources USA

Saatchi & Saatchi

WE Communications

Aerospace and defense

Airbus Americas

Harris Corp.

Lockheed Martin

Northrop Grumman

Rolls-Royce North America

Airlines

American Airlines

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines

Apparel, fashion, textiles, department stores

Abercrombie & Fitch

Adidas

Levi Strauss

Nike

PVH Corp.

Under Armour

VF Corp.

Warby Parker

Automotive

General Motors

Hyundai Motor

Subaru

Tesla

Toyota

Banking and financial services

AllianceBernstein

Ally Financial

American Express

AQR Capital Management

Bank of New York Mellon

Bank of the West

Barclays

BlackRock

Blackstone Group

Bloomberg

BMO Bankcorp

BNP Paribas

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Capital Group

Capital One

Carlyle Group

Charles Schwab

Citigroup

CME Group

Comerica

Compass Bancshares

Credit Suisse USA

Depository Trust & Clearing Corp

Deutsche Bank

Discover Financial Services

E*Trade

Eastern Bank Corp.

Edward Jones

Federal Home Loan Mortgage (Freddie Mac)

Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Fidelity National Information Services

Fifth Third Bancorp

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

First American Financial Corp.

First Data Corp.

Franklin Templeton Investments

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

Huntington Bancshares

Janus Henderson Investors

John Hancock Financial Services

JPMorgan Chase

KeyBank

KKR & Co. LP

Legg Mason

M&T Bank Corp

Macquarie Group

MasterCard

Mesirow Financial Holdings

Moody’s Corp.

Morgan Stanley

Morningstar

MUFG Union Bank

NASDAQ

Northern Trust

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance

OppenheimerFunds

PIMCO

PNC Financial Services

Prudential Financial Services

RBC Capital Markets

RBC Wealth Management

Robert W. Baird & Co

Rockland Trust

S&P Global

Societe Generale Financial Corp

Standard Chartered

State Street Corp.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

SunTrust Banks

Synchrony Financial

T. Rowe Price Associates

TD Ameritrade

TD Bank

TD Securities

TIAA

TPG Global

Transunion

U.S. Bancorp

UBS AG

United Services Automobile Association (USAA)

Vanguard Group

Visa

Voya Financial

Wells Fargo

Chemicals and biotech

BASF Corp.

Celanese Corp

Dow Chemical

DuPont

Ecolab

Genentech

International Flavors & Fragrances

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Colleges and universities

University of Phoenix

Computer hardware and office equipment

Apple

CDW

Lexmark International

Seagate Technology

Xerox

Computer software

Adobe Systems

AthenaHealth

Autodesk

Box Inc

Electronic Arts

Intuit

Medallia

Medidata Solutions

Microsoft

Nuance Communications

Oracle

Pinterest

Salesforce

SAP

Symantec

Uber

VMware

Workday

Consulting and business services

A.T. Kearney

Accenture

ADP

AlixPartners LLP

Aon Corp.

Bain & Co. / Bridgespan Group

Booz Allen Hamilton

Boston Consulting Group

Capgemini America

The Capital Markets Company

Deloitte

Dun & Bradstreet

EAB

Ernst & Young (EY)

Gartner

Grant Thornton

Huron Consulting Group

IBM

IHS Markit LTD

Iron Mountain

Kelly Services

Korn/Ferry International

KPMG

Manpower Group

Marsh & McLennan

McKinsey & Co.

Navigant Consulting

PwC

Robert Half

RSM US

Science Applications International 

Slalom

Thomson Reuters

Willis Towers Watson

ZS Associates

Energy and utilities

Alliant Energy Corp.

Ameren

Dominion Energy

Duke Energy

Edison International

Exelon

PG&E

Portland General Electric

PPL

Sempra Energy

Southern Co.

Xcel Energy

Engineering and construction

Aecom

Black & Veatch Holding

Jacobs Engineering Group

Perkins + Will

Turner Construction

Entertainment and electronic media

Activision Blizzard 

AMC Entertainment

Anschutz Entertainment Group

Buzzfeed

CBS Corp.

Cox Enterprises

Fox Corporation

Lions Gate Entertainment

Live Nation

Netflix

Sirius XM Radio

Sony Corporation of America

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Tegna

Time Warner

Univision

Viacom

Vox Media

Walt Disney

Warner Media

Food, beverages, and groceries

Anheuser-Busch Companies

Aramark

Barilla

Brown-Forman

Burger King

Campbell Soup

Cargill

Chobani

Coca-Cola

ConAgra Brands

Danone North America

Dunkin Brands

E&J Gallo Winery

General Mills

Hannaford Supermarkets

The Hershey Company

Kellogg

Kraft Heinz

Kroger

McDonald’s

MillerCoors

Nestle

PepsiCo

Shake Shack

Sodexo

Health care

Aetna

AmerisourceBergen

Baxter International

Blue Shield of California

Boston Scientific Corp.

Cardinal Health

Cerner Corp.

Cigna

Express Scripts Holding Company

Hardvard Pilgrim Health Care

Henry Schein

Humana Inc

Kaiser Permanente

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings

McKesson Corp.

Quest Diagnostics

UnitedHealth Group

UPMC

WellCare Health Plans

High-tech/photo/science equipment

Advanced Micro Devices

Applied Materials Inc.

Becton, Dickinson and Co.

Eastman Kodak

Emerson Electric

Intel

Nvidia

RingCentral

Texas Instruments

Home furnishing

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Hotels, resorts, and casinos

Caesars Entertainment

Choice Hotels

Hilton

Hyatt Hotels

InterContinental Hotels Group

Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group

Marriott

MGM Resorts

Quaintance-Weaver Management

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Wyndham Destinations

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Insurance

AIG

Allianz Life Insurance

American Family Insurance Group

Anthem

Assurant

Asurion LLC

AXA

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee

Cambia Health Solutions

Chubb

CNA Insurance

CSAA Insurance

CUNA Mutual Group

Farmers Insurance Group

Genworth Financial

Guardian Life Insurance

Hanover Insurance Group

Hartford Financial Services Group

Health Care Service Corporation

Horizon Healthcare Services

Liberty Mutual Group

Lincoln National Corp.

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance

MetLife

Nationwide

New York Life Insurance

Principal Financial Group

Standard Insurance Co.

State Farm

Sun Life Financial

Transamerica

The Travelers Companies

Tufts Health Plan

Unum Group

WellMark Inc.

Internet

Akamai Technologies

Expedia

GoDaddy

Indeed

LinkedIn

Twitter

Yelp

Internet services and retailing

AirBnB

eBay

Facebook

IAC/InerActiveCorp.

PayPal

WeddingWire

Law firms

Akerman LLP

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

Arent Fox LLP

Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Blank Rome LLP

Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP

Bryan Cave LLP

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

BuckleySandler LLC

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Chapman and Cutler LLP

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Covington & Burling

Crowell & Moring LLP

Day Pitney LLP

Dechert LLP

Dentons US LLP

Dickinson Wright PLLC

DLA Piper

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Duane Morris LLP

Dykema Gossett PLLC

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Faegre Baker Daniels

Fenwick & West LLP

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Fish & Richardson PS

Foley & Lardner LLP

Foley Hoag LLP

Fox Rothschild LLP

Fredrikson & Byron

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith PLC

Goodwin Procter LLP

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP

Haynes and Boone LLP

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Holland & Knight LLP

Husch Blackwell LLP

Ice Miller LLP

Jenner & Block LLP

K&L Gates LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kutak Rock LLP

Lane Powell PC

Latham & Watkins LLP

Littler Mendelson PC

Locke Lord LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Philips LLP

Mayer Brown LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, & Popeo PC

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP

Moore & Van Allen PLLC

Morris, Manning & Martin LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Munger, Tolles & Olson

Nixon Peabody LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Perkins Coie LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Polsinelli

Quarles & Brady LLP

Reed Smith LLP

Robins Kaplan LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

Schiff Hardin LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Snell & Wilmer

Squire Patton Boggs

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Stoel Rivers LLP

Thompson Coburn LLP

Thompson Hine LLP

Troutman Sanders LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

White & Case LLP

Wiley Rein LLP

Williams Mullen

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr

Winston & Strawn LLP

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP

Mail and freight delivery

UPS

Manufacturing

3M

Arconic

Ball Corp.

Colgate-Palmolive

Cummins Inc.

Danaher Corp.

Eaton

Fortive

General Electric

Herman Miller

Nestle Purina PetCare

Owens Corning

Rockwell Automation

SC Johnson & Son

Stanley Black & Decker

Stryker

TE Connectivity

United Technologies

W.W. Grainger Inc.

Oil and gas

Air Products & Chemicals

BP America

Chevron

Shell Oil

Pharmaceuticals

AbbVie

Amgen

Astellas Pharma

Bayer

Biogen

Boehringer Ingelheim

Celgene Corp

Eli Lilly & Co.

Gilead Sciences

GlaxoSmithKline

Johnson & Johnson

Mallinckrodt

Merck

Pfizer

Sanofi

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Publishing

Gannett

Real estate, commercial

CBRE

Cushman & Wakefield Inc

JLL

Lendlease Americas

Retail and consumer products

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Best Buy

Caleres

CarMax

The Clorox Company

Constellation Brands

Diageo North America

Estee Lauder

Food Lion

GameStop

Gap

Giant Food Stores LLC

Giant of Maryland

Groupon

Hallmark

Ikea

J. Crew Group

L Brands

L’Oreal

Lowe’s Companies

Macy’s

Nordstrom

Office Depot

Pernod Ricard USA LLC

Procter & Gamble

Replacements Ltd.

Sephora

Sony Electronics

Starbucks

Tapestry Inc.

Target

Tiffany & Co.

Unilever

Walgreens

Wal-Mart

Whirlpool

Telecommunications

Altice USA

AT&T

CenturyLink Inc

Cisco Systems

Motorola Solutions

Nokia Inc.

T-Mobile

U.S. Cellular

Tobacco

Altria Group

Transportation and travel

American Express Global Business Travel

Cargo Transporters

Carnival Corp

Expedia Group

Hertz Global Holdings

Lyft Inc.

TripAdvisor

Source: Monster.com

20 Things Job Seekers Can Do During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic put a halt on businesses large and small. From hospitality groups to financial firms to tech companies, businesses paused to figure out what comes next.

What does this mean for job seekers? Can you still find a post-military job when unemployment claims are skyrocketing and furloughs are becoming commonplace?

Yes, many companies are hiring. While recruiting, interviewing and onboarding are mostly done remotely now, there are still people finding jobs, getting promoted and growing their careers.

Whether you’re getting ready to transition out of the military or you’re in the job market currently, here are 20 things you could be doing to secure your next position:

Strategy

  1. Clarify your personal brand. Who are you, what do you want, and what can you offer? You need to be an expert on you, so spend the time to understand your brand and goals.
  2. Consider your values. What is your moral compass, and what are your non-negotiables? What do YOU stand for, and how will you move through your values to create value for others? Write down your values.
  3. Decide what will be your career path. Are you looking for a job or a career? What path have you laid out, starting with the first position and including any education you may need to arrive at your desired career? Map this out.
  4. Understand your ideal employer. Who are they, what do they want, and what value do they seek? Write down what you believe this employer needs from ideal employees.

Networking

  1. Who do you need to knowAre you connected to people with the influence, information and ability to endorse you to your ideal employer? Make a list of people you need to connect with.
  2. What do you want them to know about you/feel about you? Make lists of your goals regarding perception: What should your networking contacts know about you to best empower them to serve you?
  3. What do you need from them — information, introductions, referrals? Each person in your network can provide a different value to you. Write down, next to their name, how you believe they can serve you.
  4. How can you help them? Are you returning value, gratitude and referrals? Offer to write a recommendation on their LinkedIn profile, send a personalized thank you note, or introduce them to someone of value to them.

LinkedIn

  1. Connect on LinkedIn with people you’ve identified you need to know. Personalize the connection request and indicate how or why you believe a connection would be mutually beneficial.
  2. Initiate the conversation on LinkedIn. Personalize the message and perhaps suggest a phone call to learn more about their business.
  3. Review your LinkedIn contacts. Remove those who might reflect negatively on you because of their posts, comments or reputation.
  4. Solicit endorsements and recommendations to your profile. Send a personalized note to the contact you’re requesting the recommendation from. Offer specific keywords and phrases you’d like them to use, to strengthen your positioning and reputation.

Resume and Cover Letter

  1. Update your resume. Reflect any new certifications, knowledge or credentials.
  2. Check your keywords. Ensure specific, targeted keywords are used throughout your resume and cover letter, and are consistently promoted on your social media as well.
  3. Customize your resume to every open position you apply to. It takes time, and it’s worth it. Show the employer specifically how you are the candidate they seek.
  4. Look at the formatting of your resume. Is it clean and professional or overly designed? Can a reader find the information they need quickly or is it packed with irrelevant information that you could delete to streamline it?

Career

  1. Learn new skills by taking online courses to expand your certifications and credentials. Consider LinkedIn Learning courses that support your skills and experience and give you insight about the civilian sector.
  2. Assess the goals you initially set when you started your transition. Do you still want a management position or has that changed? Are new opportunities — given the job market — interesting to you? Write those down.
  3. Deploy a feedback survey to evaluate your current reputation. With your growth goals in mind, how much work do you have to do on your reputation to achieve your ideal career?
  4. Find a mentor. Now might be an ideal time to find someone who can coach you, guide you and offer support as you search for your next career move.

The job market certainly looks different in May 2020 than it did in February. But that can also reveal tremendous opportunities for job seekers willing to do the work and get creative in how they position themselves to employers!

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Source: Military.com

Take Time to Write and Solicit LinkedIn Recommendations

Today, it might feel like transition has slowed down. You may have approached your separation with excitement and enthusiasm, but suddenly find that the civilian sector stopped abruptly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interviews aren’t scheduled as quickly, offers aren’t made as quickly, and you have time on your hands. Now is a great time to write LinkedIn recommendations for people in your network, and to ask for some from your close contacts.

Why Recommendations?

Recommendations on LinkedIn carry weight and influence. They are written by someone with a LinkedIn profile (so the viewer can check out the author’s credentials) and, if done correctly, recommendations can speak to your value, skills and experience in ways you can’t.

When you write your LinkedIn profile, you know you must promote your accomplishments. This is not the time to be obscure and subtle when highlighting your value. If you’ve done great things and are capable of creating tremendous value for your employer, you can share that on LinkedIn. You’ll list your job experiences, point to the results of your actions, and share the many ways you serve your communities through volunteerism.

But how do you say what a great person you are? How do you let potential employers know that you’re someone who’s overcome obstacles in life? Either would be difficult to say about yourself. This is where recommendations come in. A focused and well-crafted recommendation can say things about you that would be awkward to say about yourself.

How to Write a Recommendation

When writing a recommendation for someone else, start by asking whether there are any topics, qualities or skills they would like you to highlight. Hopefully, they have a personal brand strategy with specific keywords they are promoting on their profile. Use those.

Make sure you speak only about what you know. Don’t feel you have to stretch beyond your knowledge and comfort. For instance, if you’re asked to write a recommendation that points to skills you haven’t witnessed or claims to have experienced their character in ways you haven’t, you open yourself up to risk that could harm your credibility. When in doubt, leave it out.

Note the value of your recommendation to them and their future success. For instance, I am in the branding and marketing business. If I write a recommendation for a graphic designer, it would carry a lot of weight, since I’m an expert in the field. That carries a lot of responsibility for me to be sure I’m careful about who I recommend publicly.

Similarly, say you were to write a recommendation for a soldier you served with, one who is transitioning to a career in graphic arts. You know them to be resilient, focused and patient because of the context from the Army. Are you qualified to speak about their creativity, imagination and computer skills unless you have experienced those as well?

How to Ask for a Recommendation

Asking for a recommendation on LinkedIn can feel like asking someone to tell others that you’re nice/cool/fun/worthy. But LinkedIn recommendations are not popularity gestures, they are strategic brand builders.

Ask for a recommendation from someone you trust, who’s seen your work or experienced your value. Then, offer to assist them in crafting the recommendation. You might suggest the keywords they could include that are most meaningful to you or the area of focus you are striving for.

Do you want the recommendation to speak to your past (what you did in the military) or what they believe you’ll contribute in the future? Do you seek a recommendation that speaks to your character and integrity or one that highlights your unique skills and talents? When you drive the formation of the recommendation, you are controlling the narrative around how you’ll be presented.

When time permits, LinkedIn recommendations are great to give and get. Be sure to periodically reorder them on your profile so the most relevant ones are on top, not just the most recent. This means you are being strategic about how your LinkedIn profile communicates your value.

Source: Military.com

How the Veterans Beneifts Administration is Connecting with Veterans During COVID 19

Things have changed a bit since then. The COVID-19 pandemic has grounded the man who oversees the administration of veterans benefits—including the GI Bill®. But that hasn’t stopped him from connecting with veterans. It’s just changed the way he’s doing it.

I chatted with Lawrence by phone, and he talked about the weekly whiteboard sessions he’s doing on social media, how he’s connected with nearly a quarter of a million veterans by phone in seven states through Tele-Town Halls, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way this critical pillar of the VA does business. His responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.

HOW HAS THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC CHANGED THE VBA’S DAILY OPERATIONS?

Lawrence: It’s had a significant effect on how we do business. We’re still open for business, but it is different, and so probably north of 95% of our employees are now teleworking. And this was actually planned. We have a big telework capability, and VA’s Office of Information Technology has really upped the bandwidth, so we’re doing quite well with that.

So what we keep telling folks is, ‘We’re available at the toll free number, 1-800-827-1000, or on the web at va.gov, and that we’re still open for business. Call us. Contact us.

HOW HAS THE PANDEMIC CHANGED THE WAY YOU OPERATE AS A VA LEADER?

Lawrence: I’m a big believer in social media, and then of course getting out to the conferences. So you can’t do that anymore, and that’s been very frustrating because I really value that time to interact with veterans and hear what people have to say and answer questions.

So I started doing two things on social media. The first was using LinkedIn Live. This is a feature that just allows you to record and be shared in LinkedIn. So every Friday at noontime I try to do what I call a ‘Whiteboard Session – VBA in 10 Minutes,’ where I provide veterans and others the latest of what’s going on at VBA—a little bit of VA—but mostly VBA, answering some of the things you’re asking: What about this? What about that? And then providing some toll-free numbers that we have, and then also talking about the Tele-Town Halls. And sometimes, answering some of the questions that were presented in the Tele-Town Halls just to get closure because I either didn’t know the answer or wanted to go deeper into the answer. It’s an effective tool, but of course you have to be on LinkedIn.

TELE-TOWN HALLS

The Tele-Town Halls then kind of emerged out of that as a desire to do more Q&A. LinkedIn Live, I would say, is one-way communication. But the Tele-Town Halls were designed to get information to folks who maybe aren’t on LinkedIn and aren’t on the web, but also to answer questions. So, if you have a chance to listen in, it’s a pretty short communication from me, and then we take calls from veterans, family members and the like, who ask questions—how does this work? How does that work? I answer right there, and then we post the FAQs—the Frequently Asked Questions—later on social media so people can see it. So that’s been a really, really good change. So far I’ve done seven of these, and I’ve hit almost 225,000 folks on the phone, and so it’s kind of a big deal in terms of getting the word out. I like them so much I think I’ll continue doing both of these when we return to the new normal to augment or complement travel.

WHAT QUESTIONS DO YOU HEAR MOST FREQUENTLY?

Lawrence: Perhaps the most repeated question is asking about spousal benefits: What will my wife get, says the husband, when I die? So I get a lot of questions about that.

We get surprisingly frustrating questions such as, ‘Will my benefits continue?’ As if somehow we would stop those benefits.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR SERVICE MEMBERS GETTING READY TO TRANSITION FROM THE MILITARY?

Lawrence: The VA’s here to help. We continue to be open for business. It’s not business as usual—it’s a little bit different. But especially if you need help with your benefits, we’re on the web at va.gov as well as the 1-800-827-1000 number. So please, please, please—we’re here to help and we know now during this time it’s particularly important.

I would remind them that while it’s probably more frustrating than it was just a couple months ago when veteran unemployment was at a record low, the fundamentals of our economy are strong, and while it will be difficult for a little while, I would expect that desire to employ veterans will rebound. It will be just a matter of time, and everybody’s going through this process in terms of how they’ve been changed regardless of the situation. So we understand.

And then the final thing is, if the social isolation and the combination of things is really causing problems and they think they or a buddy might be in crisis or just needing some attention, I would ask you to remind them of the crisis line: 1-800-273-8255. That line is manned by people ready to do interventions, whether it’s conversation or sending somebody to their homes to be dealt with. You can also do it on text—some people like that—you can text 838255. So I guess my message would be: Regardless of your situation, we’re here. You can reach us. No matter how bad it seems, it isn’t as bad as they might imagine and we’re here to help.

Here are three key VBA programs Lawrence highlighted:

Post-9/11 GI Bill®: Heralded as the best military education benefit in US history, Congress recently enacted legislation to keep benefits flowing during the COVID-19 pandemic. For information, visit va.gov or call the toll free number: 1-888-GIBILL-1

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program: Provides veterans with job training, employment accommodations, résumé development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist veterans and service members in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment. For information, visit the VR&E Process page.

Solid Start: Launched recently to call every newly separated service member three times during their first year out of service to discuss their transition experience, ask questions about navigating benefits, and connect with resources to ease challenges they may face. “We’re reminding everybody to please take the phone call, and let us help the veterans,” Lawrence said.

Source: GI Jobs.com

Top Reasons to Consider a Temp Job

When people wonder how to find a job, they generally think about full-time work. But more often these days, it’s not about committing to a 40-hour-a-week grind at one company for the next two to five years. Today, one in five jobs in America is being filled by a contract worker, according to an NPR/Marist poll. Just look at all the temp jobs and contract jobs now hiring on Monster!

Temporary work is its own kind of contract work, often undertaken for a few hours to a few weeks or months, depending on the position and the level in the company. Everyone—from entry-level and C-suite to IT and administrative—can temp. And there are several advantages to keeping your options open.

You get to know a job before committing

Even if you’ve gone through the most thorough interview process available, it’s still hard to know exactly what you’re walking into when you join a company. Enter the temp position, stage left. When you temp for a firm, you can get a sense for the work, the people, and the culture without committing yourself to a full-time position.

“Like an internship, [temping] offers a chance to assess whether this company or industry is one where you’d like to work,” says Christopher Lee, a career consultant in San Diego and founder of PurposeRedeemed.com. “You have an opportunity to build relationships and, if you are interested in pursuing a permanent role there, demonstrate the value you bring through the quality of your work.”

This is especially helpful in discovering when an industry or company isn’t what you expected. A temp position saves you the trouble of having to quit due to a poor fit. “There have certainly been types of jobs that, from the outside, I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do,’ and then I got an internship and saw what happens on a day-to-day basis and said, ‘This is not for me,’” Lee says. “Temping can offer that same sort of validation.”

You can develop new skills

It’s easy to get pigeonholed into an industry or career. And once you’re there, you become more of an expert in your subject area—which makes it even harder to jump ship to something else that interests you. With temping, however, you can dip your toe into many different places and pick up a variety of new proficiencies on the job.

“You may have a great work ethic, great background, and you land a position that’s offering a different set of skills or knowledge,” says Deborah Woolridge, a career coach and HR professional in New York City. “And they’re willing to take you under their wing to learn different things.”

This is particularly helpful if you’re coming out of college without a lot of experience, if you’re trying to switch industries, or if you’re returning to work after time off.

The arrangement can be flexible

Maybe you’re starting your own business. Maybe you have a side passion that doesn’t really pay the bills. Whatever it is, you need cash—and flexible, temporary work can provide the income you need while still allowing you the time to work on other things. It’s also a reasonable way to start to power down your career later in life.

“You can imagine the kind of people who have been running really hard for 30 years,” says Debbie Seeger, co-founder of Patina Solutions, an interim executive placement firm. “We’ve found, especially the baby boomer generation, that there is a desire to keep working, but maybe to change the way the work is arranged.”

Temping also gives experienced professionals a way to focus on the part of their work that really gives them joy—and skip the rest. “They want to provide expertise,” Seeger says. “And yet, at the same time, they may not necessarily want to sign up for the fully loaded salary experience.”

You could get a full-time gig

In many cases, a temp position can develop into the real thing. “I landed a job at Sony Music while temping,” says Callista Gould, author of The Exceptional Professional: What You Need to Know to Grow Your Career. “I would have never had the opportunity otherwise.”

When you temp for a company, you’re already top of mind when a job opening becomes available. You’re regularly working with people who know the quality of your work, your work ethic, and your personality. That can make a big difference to a hiring manager when it comes time to consider candidates for a permanent position.

“Should a permanent position open up, I think if you demonstrated your commitment to the company, you’d be a strong candidate compared to someone from the outside applying without any internal references,” Lee says.

Find your fit

Temporary positions offer you a great way to gain new skills and make valuable contacts, which is especially reassuring during such uncertain times. Could you use some help finding temp jobs? Join Monster for free today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to the types of jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. Additionally, you can get job alerts sent directly to your inbox to cut down on time spent looking through ads. Those are two quick and easy ways Monster can help your career continue to move forward.

Source: Monster.com