Employment & Transition
VAVETS plans to offer advice, guidance, and mentoring to active reserve and guard Veterans as they plan their transition back to civilian life and their next career. We will work closely with our Virginia Veterans by providing them with one-on-one career counseling from our staff and volunteer network. We will also help them get enrolled in online courses, colleges, vocational training, or into our technical boot camps if needed; and we will support this transition training with mentor/protégé relationships. We will connect these Virginia Veterans with volunteer mentors working in their preferred field of employment in an effort to allow them to be better prepared to seek employment in that arena. VAVETS will also conduct local training on resume and cover letter writing, dress or success, and interviewing techniques.
VAVETS will not operate or manage a job board as we believe the job board market is over saturated, and has not been as effective for the Veteran community as it has been for those who operate the boards. We believe in the idea that it’s “all about who you know”. Virginia Veterans and their family members who are seeking employment are encouraged to upload their resume’s and a cover letter’s through our website describing your employment objectives,area of the state you seek employment, if you seek full or part time work, and tell us about your desired compensation.
Once received by VAVETS, our Veterans will be contacted by a staff member or a volunteer to review the submissions and request any additional information required. Veterans will receive guidance on improving theirresumes and, if need be, some level-setting on expectations. Veterans will be advised of additional qualifications required to be considered for their preferred job. Once the Veteran is ready to go to the job market, VAVETS will reach out to local communities and employers advocating on their behalf until they are successfully placed.
VAVETS Virginia Veteran Mentoring Program connects Veteran protégés with corporate and small business mentors for a year-long mentorship. Once paired (based on career objectives and professional experience), mentors and protégés define the goals of their mentorship together and focus on a successful transition from the active, reserve or guard workforce to the civilian workforce. Mentors have a wide variety of professional expertise, including defense, education, finance, insurance, healthcare, information technology, logistics, management, manufacturing, law enforcement, auto, marketing and retail.
Over the course of the year, all matched pairs are encouraged to have at least one significant discussion per month regarding the Protégé’s career objectives. These discussions can focus on topics ranging from résumé building and interview skills to networking and small business development. Mentors may participate in all of the discussions personally or arrange for colleagues to meet with their Protégé.
VAVETS mentoring program is designed to operate locally across our four regions. Because we aim to connect our Veterans with someone whose career objectives and professional experience aligns with theirs, we may not always have an ideal candidate in every regional area. If your location lends itself to a local mentorship, we will do our best to pair you with a participant nearby. If we are unable to find a local fit in a specific region, we may offer a mentor in another region which may result in more phone calls or some travel to get the desired results.
VAVETS mentoring program is open to all currently serving and recently separated veterans (including members of the Reserve and National Guard) who have served on active duty for at least 180 days since September 11, 2001. VAVETS’s mentoring program is also open to spouses and surviving spouses of eligible Virginia Veterans. Ideal mentors will have at least eight years of professional experience and be at least 30 years old.
Virginia Employment Commission
Veterans from all periods of military service are eligible for job referral, job training, and job placement assistance through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). Veterans may access these employment services through a statewide network of VEC Local offices. We also work with those that are currently transitioning out of the military. If you would like to know more about Virginia’s Veteran Program or our partnerships, please contact Charlie Palumbo, Veteran Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.