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A Win-Win for Veterans and the Tech Industry


Gary Shapiro, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™


 
More than one million U.S. veterans are transitioning back into the civilian workforce. These men and women risked their lives and put their personal careers on hold to serve our country, developing and honing skills that can pay dividends both in and out of the military. But their transitions back into the private workforce can be difficult, especially without the support of our communities.
 
Last fall, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nearly 10 percent of veterans from post-9/11 duty were unemployed. That’s why the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is teaming up with the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and other technology associations nationwide to launch USTechVets.org, an online resource that helps veterans find meaningful careers in the technology industry by matching their skill sets with the needs of employers.
 
Powered by Monster.com, USTechVets.org features resources to help our veterans develop and leverage their skills to thrive in private-sector careers. Among the tools available to them: a military skills translator to match veteran’s skills to civilian jobs, a searchable database of jobs in the technology sector and a number of educational resources.  
 
This online resource can thrive, however, only if it has broad and diverse support. We are pleased that technology associations including the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, CompTIA, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Wireless Infrastructure Association, the Professional Services Council, the Telecommunications Industry Association and the Electronic Security Association (and its partners, the Security Industry Association and the Central Station Alarm Association) have joined in this effort. Through the combined power of our organizations, we are building a new ecosystem of roughly 20,000 potential employers from our member organizations that will connect veterans to employment opportunities and companies with an unmatched talent pool.
 
The technology sector is one of America’s fastest-growing industries and hungry for high-quality talent, seeking many of the exact traits and expertise our veterans now possess. Doesn’t it make sense to honor these American heroes with more than just medals? What better way to support and thank our nation’s veterans than through good jobs in the civilian sector that make the most of their tremendous skills and experience?
 
Learn more about the program by visiting USTechVets.org.

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