Employment

One of the your first concerns after leaving active military service may be finding a permanent job. Its a tough job market. The good news is Arkansas has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the USA. Jobs are available.

Here are some tips on how to succeed:

1. Use your veteran transition assistance benefit. If you have not completed TurboTAP, strongly consider doing so. www.TurboTAP.org

2. Use RSS to monitor job announcements. Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is built in to all major web browsers. Watch for the orange RSS icon to appear. This indicates that you can "subscribe" to the content and your browser will automatically check for new updates everytime you're online. Most major employment sites offer RSS feeds of the job listings.

ArkansasVeteran.com receives a numer of RSS job feeds from Craigslist and aggregates them into a single employment RSS feed. We've also displayed several RSS feeds at the top and side of this and every employment page on the site to give you a fast look at the latest jobs offered. Simply click on "more" to view the entire feed.

3. Check the employment databases regularly. We assembled links to most of the key Arkansas employment databases. When possible, we "deep linked" to show jobs in Arkansas only. You'll also finds links to the most used employment databases on the drop down menu at the top of each page.

4. Consider a career transition program like Troops to Teachers or Helmets to Hardhats. You'll find links to these programs at the bottom of this page and on the drop down menu at the top of every page.

5. Consider starting a small businesses. Services are among the easiest and least expensive businesses to start. For more information, check out the small business section on the drop down menu at the top of each page. The Arkansas SBTDC is also offering veterans free access to 20 online small business classes through ArkansasVeteran.com. Simply create a free user account and login to gain access to the links. {We're hiding them from search engines, so only bona fide veterans and their immediate families have access.]

Finally, don't forget to ask for help. Every Arkansas county has a Veteran Service Officer (VS0), the local American Legion and VFW posts offer help, there are also state and federal VA personel, as well as state veteran employment specialists and other veterans. Your fellow Arkansans appreciate your personal sacrifice to serve your country and are eager to assist you and your fellow veterans.