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AARP Veterans and Military Spouses Job Center, is a digital platform bringing together valuable information and resources to help Maryland's veterans and military spouses compete in today’s job market.
The job center includes a Veterans Career Advantage Course to build on career planning and skills development to help navigate the job market. According to an AARP survey, more than half (56%) of employers say experience and the use of skills in previous positions are 'very important' when evaluating applicant's skills.
“The job skills, experience and character of our veterans and military spouses can be an important asset during a job search, but we know it can be a challenge to know where to start,” said AARP Maryland State President Jim Cambell. "AARP Maryland is honored to continue supporting those who proudly served our country by arming them with this free, one-stop resource to gain an edge in today’s competitive job market and avoid underemployment.”
The AARP Veterans and Military Spouses Job Center features a range of free resources:
- Veterans Career Advantage Course, which focuses on career planning and skills development.
- The AARP Job Board featureing a “Veterans Wanted” filter so transitioning and former service members can quickly find employers that value their military experience.
- AARP Veterans and Military Spouses Job Search Toolkit, a comprehensive guide to find and secure employment.
- AARP Video: Tips for Veterans to Ace A Civilian Job Interview.
- AARP Webinar: Rethinking Work for Veterans, Military and their Families on hiring and career trends to help adapt to a quickly changing job market.
According to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report, veteran unemployment fell to 3.2% in December 2021. While unemployment has decreased over the past year, underemployment continues to hold many veterans back.
Two-thirds of all veteran employees reported having a job unequal to the level of skills and qualifications that they had gained in the military, according to the 2018 Blue Star Families’ annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey.
Further, two-thirds of employed active-duty spouses (67%) reported they are underemployed in some way, indicating their current employment does not match their desires, education, or experience, according to the 2020 Blue Star Families’ annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey.
For more information and other free resources on how AARP supports veterans and military families on caregiving, fighting fraud through Operation Protect Veterans, and connecting with earned service benefits, visit www.aarp.org/veterans.