Veterans Battle Unemployment

Veterans Battle Unemployment

In Florida, the unemployment rate among veterans, especially among the National Guard and Reservists, hovers close to 20 percent. This week on Florida Matters, we look at the hurdles veterans face when looking for work as well as initiatives aimed at encouraging employers to hire veterans.

Resources for Veterans looking for work:
Joining Forces - - includes a national resource directory of employers looking to hire veterans, a military spouse board among other links.
Veteran Employment - a collaborative website between veterans and
G.I. Jobs - a guide to "post-military" success with tips on resumes, interviewing and dressing for success.
Florida National Guard Career Connections - information on job fairs, job banks and job searches of Florida government positions.
Florida One-Stop Career Centers - links and addresses to centers statewide.
Veterans Gold Card - employment opportunities for post 9/11 era veterans.
Resources for Employers looking to hire veterans:
ESGR Employer Resource Guide
Employer Sample HR Policy
Florida Employer Resources - tips on recruiting qualified candidates.

More Information: Tools to help Veterans find jobs:
Veteran Job Postings
Military Skills Translator
Veteran Career Network
Veteran Job Fair Calendar
Military-to-Civilian Resume Writing

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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