Logging, log trucking, and other forest industry-related employers are concerned about availability of skilled personnel entering their workforce. The community of Veterans and Reservists holds many likely prospects for entry-level employment, both because of these men and women’s skill sets and their broader character and experience profiles.
We would like to introduce the community of Veterans to forestry employment and what it may offer to transitioning Veterans’ career goals. We would also like to draw forestry and logging employers’ attention to the potential of Veterans to fill out their teams.
Resources for Logging and Forestry Employers
The Department of Labor’s concise summary of considerations and preparations advises Employers planning to reach out to Veterans.
Additionally, each state has a job bank website set up through CareerOneStop, where employers can search for job-seekers who have uploaded their resumes for employers to search for them.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” resource, with local event links.
- Employer Roadmap (brief items on a selection of topics)
Employers interested in forming a structured campaign to bring Veterans into their workforces may consider joining NAVSO, the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organization.
- NAVSO Webinars
Resources for Job Seekers
What general resources are available?
The Department of Veterans Affairs has career & employment resources to help transitioning veterans assess their skills and acquaint them with job-seeking resources.
Veterans can also visit the Department of Labor job portal to search for jobs, find training, and explore careers for veterans. Additionally, each state has a job bank website set up through CareerOneStop, where job-seekers can look for jobs in their state as well as upload their resumes for employers.
Soldier for Life
Soldier for Life is a U.S. Army program designed to help soldiers transition to civilian life and gain employment based on their exceptional training, critical skills sets, and proven talents that can be used in their local communities.
FASTPORT is one of the most productive veterans hiring initiatives in the United States. Visit their website to learn the different ways you can be connected to the best employers in the country.
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University has guidance for potential employers of veterans:
- Revisiting the Business Case for Hiring a Veteran (24 pages)
- Supporting the Employment of Veterans and Military Families (172 pages)