Job Search Tips for Women in Celebration of Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, an annual observation dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women in history. The female presence in the workforce is increasing in just about every industry. With women working more, their earnings have become a growing share of the family income. For those currently looking for work, here are some strategies to employ during your job search.

Put your Social Skills to Work and Network Effectively

According to a Brandwatch blog, women are biologically wired for social networking.  When it comes to the Internet, women are more engaged than men. Take advantage of your digital savvy and use the Internet, social media and job sites as the basis of your job search.  The natural charisma, articulation, and grace of women can be powerful tools of persuasion. Show off your confidence by creating conversations, leading groups, and attending multiple in-person networking events. LinkedIn is a forum for connecting and networking.  There are many helpful groups that you could join to interact with like-minded people.  All-women networking groups have cropped up in recent years and can be easily found through LinkedIn.

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AJE Hosts Another Successful Webinar: A Comprehensive Outreach Plan for OFCCP Compliance

On February 23, 2016, America’s Job Exchange (AJE) co-hosted a webinar with Jackson Lewis on ‘A Comprehensive Outreach Plan for OFCCP Compliance.’ The webinar was very well received with more than 600 in attendance and there were several important and relevant questions posed to the panelists.

Laura Mitchell, Partner, Jackson Lewis, and Gary Cowan, Director of Compliance, America’s Job Exchange (AJE), were the speakers and they covered two important topics:

  • Effective veteran outreach for OFCCP compliance and
  • AJE’s Outreach Management System – a tool available for customers to record outreach activities easily and in a central location

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Important Government Initiatives in 2015 to Assist Veterans (Part 2)

Veterans’ Economic Communities Initiative

Earlier this year, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, with leaders from national and local veterans’ service organizations, corporate employers and government agencies, announced the launch of the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), an effort focused in a total of 25 U.S. cities to promote economic success for veterans. The initiative is part of MyVA, which is dedicated to making veterans the center of all we do.

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75,000 Solar Industry Jobs by 2020!


The White House’s climate change goals, which call for greenhouse gas emissions to be cut by up to 28% by 2025, could be a major boon for jobs in the solar industry.

The Obama Administration is announcing actions to supporting our veterans in getting a share of those job opportunities. The president unveiled a plan to train 75,000 solar workers including veterans, by 2020. This is an increase from the previous goal of training 50,000 solar workers by 2020 announced in May 2014.

The Department of Energy, (DOE), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), launched The Solar Ready Vets program at ten military bases on Friday, April 3, a program which prepares veterans to work in the solar industry. The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) has praised the move. SEIA President Rhone Resch has estimated that the solar industry will likely surpass the goal of 75,000 new jobs by 2020.

The pilot program on Camp Pendleton had already produced results: Of the 20 Marines, who completed training on February 13, each received at least one job offer from the five major U.S. solar firms who are recruiting as part of the program.

The DOE provides four to six weeks of free training to veterans who are transitioning from active military duty to the private sector. The training program is based on the specific needs of high-growth solar employers and is tailored to build on the skills that veterans have acquired through their service. This accelerated training will prepare them for careers in the solar industry as installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other solar-related occupations.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has committed to working with DOE to direct some GI Bill funding to the program. Over time, this approval will allow more veterans across the country to use their GI Bill benefits to participate in this job-driven training program through local community colleges, where they will quickly learn the skills needed for good-paying jobs in the solar industry.  The Department of Labor (DOL), will work with DOD to make sure that transitioning service members are made aware of solar workforce training programs available to them in their last months of military service.

Veterans possess important skills that transfers easily to the civilian workforce. We at America’s Job Exchange are committed to supporting veteran hiring and applaud all employers who recruit veterans. Additionally, we service some solar industry employers who regularly list their jobs with us. For more information, please visit

Successful Job Search Strategies for Veterans in 2015


You are back from the military, trying to assimilate into civilian life. The holidays are upon us and the job market is currently slow. No worries; take this lull to sharpen your job seeking skills and bring that edge to your search that will get you noticed and land you the job you want!

Transferable skills

When strategizing a career search, you have to first think about how your military training can be applied to a civilian setting. You might have had great results in conflict resolution. Or, you might have been known for your attention to detail and dedication, in the military. These are valuable skills that employers look for. Additionally, veterans are used to working long hours, which is a point to emphasize when looking for a civilian job. Remember to highlight evidence-examples of success, what attributes got you there, did you receive any awards? We at America’s Job Exchange can help you translate your military skills. Please visit the Veterans Exchange and you will find specific guidance on transitioning and the military-civilian skills translator.

Find Military-friendly Employers

There are many employers out there who are looking to hire veterans. The federal government often gives incentives for employers to hire our nation’s heroes, so know that there are resources and support for you to access. Browse the job search page of America’s Job Exchange’s Veterans Exchange.


Establish a Clear Civilian Objective

Take time to really be reflective to analyze what your strengths and needs are and where you want to achieve growth in your new career. Do some self- assessing, establish clear professional aspirations and take the necessary steps to get there.


Play up Your Skills and Strengths

In the military you have acquired strengths such as leadership skills, individual accountability and precise communication. Showcase these attributes, as they are valuable. You also have the ability to handle stressful situations. This is a huge bonus, appreciated by all employers.


Connect With Recruiters Who Focus on Military to Civilian Transitions

Recruiting entities like America’s Job Exchange can make a real difference to your job search efforts. Browse our site to get information on how to conduct an effective job search.


Prepare for Interviews

Do your homework about the industry and company you are interviewing for, practice speaking in front of the mirror to be mindful of body language, anticipate unexpected questions, strategize how you will dodge difficult or potentially uncomfortable questions without appearing to be evasive and be sure to know the types of questions you will ask the interviewers as that is something they will give you a chance to do. So don’t fumble or wing it, have some questions prepared that you can ask that make you look thoughtful, interested and professional.


Know Your Rights

The federal government has taken great care to ensure that veterans’ hiring rights are protected. The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) is big on equal opportunity hiring for veterans and affirmative action. Federal contractors are given incentives to hire veterans and there are stringent rules they need to comply with (VEVRAA) as well as have hiring benchmark goals for veterans in their organization.

You should know too that during an interview, no employer is allowed to ask you why you left the military and if you were honorably discharged. Also, under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), military members who leave civilian jobs for service are entitled to return to their jobs. In fact, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) increases awareness of the law and resolves conflicts through mediation if needed. For more information about your rights read this article in our Veterans Exchange.


The New Year is your year-now go claim it! We are here to assist as and when you need it.

Best Wishes for a smooth career transition!


AJE Virtual Career Fair-Helpful Tips for a Great Seeker Experience!


Virtual job fairs have existed for a while but now are becoming more mainstreamed and being recognized as a very useful tool by both job seekers and employers. Companies looking to match job openings with candidates with the right skills are turning to virtual job fairs to reduce cost and also to expand reach. In these online events candidates and employers meet in a virtual environment but are able to have ‘face to face’ meetings and discussion. Job seekers can sign in and upload resume to be matched with employers, or are able to simply browse companies’ online “booths”. These “booths” are often staffed by recruiters and hiring managers and candidates can ‘line-up’ to ‘speak’ with them directly on topics such as job openings, growth opportunities, compensation, benefits and company culture.

America’s Job Exchange (AJE) is very proud to unveil its first virtual career fair, February 12, 2015, 12pm-5pm. On the actual day of the event, employers will have a chance to chat with candidates in a real-time live chat that is timed so that they can interact with numerous talented job seekers. The advantages of a virtual job fair are that candidates can be part of a recruitment event from the comfort of their own home. In one day, they are able to meet a multitude of recruiters and hiring managers from different companies. The travel expense is completely eliminated and there are ample networking opportunities. Also, much of the information in an online job fair can be digested at the job seeker’s own pace. Sometimes there are live one-on-one chats with high level executives that a job seeker would probably not have had access to in a traditional job fair.

Here are some helpful tips for a smooth seeker experience at our virtual career fair:

  • Answer questions about skills, experience and interests to decide company compatibility
  • Communicate with hiring managers and recruiters through instant message and other online technologies
  • Apply immediately to posted jobs
  • Visit virtual ‘booths’ to learn more about companies and also through their message and video boards

Before the Fair:

We will inform you about the organizations that are participating prior to the fair through email blasts. Select companies that you are interested in and conduct research on them. You should research company products, culture, news and events. Visit their website and see what job openings they have posted. Prepare questions for the hiring managers and recruiters. Your questions should reflect your knowledge of company needs and that you are the best candidate for them.

Update your LinkedIn and other social media profile. Along with that, also update your resume.

During the Fair:

On the day of the virtual fair, turn off your cell phone and sit in a quiet and non-distracting space in case recruiters/employers want to Skype with you. Have a hard copy of your resume handy to refer to while you speak and an electronic copy accessible so you can upload as needed. You need to dress well for the virtual job fair just as you would for a regular job fair, as this will help you respond in a professional manner. During a virtual job fair, a lot happens through Instant Messaging. Be mindful of being professional even while conducting a chat session. Take careful notes to keep track of people with whom you had conversations. During chats, keep on topic and do not deviate or appear familiar. An important thing to remember is to be patient as recruiters and hiring managers have multiple conversations going so there might be a delay. It is a great idea to network with other candidates to expand your network of contacts while you are waiting for responses from recruiters. Exchange leads and ask for referrals. If you come across a company that you are interested in but do not see an open position at the moment, just let the recruiter know and inquire if you can follow up and keep in touch.

After the Fair:

Quickly after the day of the virtual fair, send out thank-you emails and letters by mail. Connect with contacts on LinkedIn and stay in touch. Keep monitoring your social presence and make it stronger as you can be sure that recruiters and employers will revisit your social sites after they have had a chance to connect with you online if they are interested.

Check out our video for more information about this event.

Good luck and hope you have a great experience at our virtual job fair!