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Veterans Battle Unemployment

In Florida, the unemployment rate among veterans, especially among the National Guard and Reservists, hovers above the national civilian average. This week on Florida Matters, we look at the hurdles veterans face when looking for work as well as initiatives aimed at encouraging employers to hire veterans.

Resources for Veterans looking for work
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring Our Heroes, program has onsite job fairs including a Tampa Hiring Our Heroes event scheduled February 23rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bayanihan Arts and Events Center, Tampa.

Employ Florida Veterans is an online portal promoted by Gov. Rick Scott in late January.

Hero 2 Hired, the Military Spouse Job Board and the Department of Labor Gold Card program are among the links available on the White House Veterans page.

Joining Forces - - includes a national resource directory of employers looking to hire veterans, a military spouse board among other links.

Veteran Employment - a collaborative website between veterans and Monster.com.

G.I. Jobs - a guide to "post-military" success with tips on resumes, interviewing and dressing for success.

Florida National Guard Career Connections - information on job fairs, job banks and job searches of Florida government positions.

Florida One-Stop Career Centers - links and addresses to centers statewide.

Veterans Gold Card - employment opportunities for post 9/11 era veterans.

Resources for Employers looking to hire veterans:

ESGR Employer Resource Guide

Employer Sample HR Policy

Florida Employer Resources - tips on recruiting qualified candidates.

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For more information

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring Our Heroes, program has onsite job fairs including a Tampa Hiring Our Heroes event scheduled February 23rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bayanihan Arts and Events Center, Tampa.

Employ Florida Veterans is an online portal promoted by Gov. Rick Scott in late January.

Hero 2 Hired, the Military Spouse Job Board and the Department of Labor Gold Card program are among the links available on the White House Veterans page.

Military.com Tools to help Veterans find jobs:

Veteran Job Postings

Military Skills Translator

Veteran Career Network

Veteran Job Fair Calendar

Military-to-Civilian Resume Writing

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