In a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, NBCUniversal launched a new career website designed specifically for former servicemembers. Called Next Steps for Vets, the website will provide veterans – especially those who are recently transitioning into civilian life – and military spouses with a variety of employment and educational resources.
According to NBC News, which is also hosting the website, the online portal features a resume builder on its front page, designed to help former servicemembers figure out where and how their past military experience and skills can be applied to the civilian workforce. The website also includes a searchable job-finder index, listing openings culled from the National Resource Directory's Veteran's Job Bank.
"Our returning servicemen and women can be a vital part of the U.S. workforce, putting the skills they've learned in the military to work for companies or their own business enterprise," Beth Colleton, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at NBCUniversal, told the news source.
Next Steps for Vets comes at a crucial time for just-returning servicemembers. According to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Gulf War era-II veterans is more than 11 percent – much higher than the overall national unemployment average.