Five Things Every Student Veteran Returning to School Should Know

Student Veterans of America | August 21, 2017

Written By: Barrett Bogue, Vice President of Public Relations and Chapter Engagement 

Back to School 

It’s August, which means millions of people are returning to college or arriving to campus for the first time. This annual right-of-passage includes the over 1.1 million student veterans who are using the GI Bill in schools across the country and are the best academic achievers in higher education.

This is the time of year where Student Veterans of America (SVA) shines brightest, when we welcome new and returning members to the almost 1,500 chapters across the country. In the spirit of learning, here are five things every student veteran returning to school should know to make the most of their time in higher education.

You need a LinkedIn profile more than a Twitter handle

If you think LinkedIn is a social media network, or you’re waiting for that free year of support for veterans, then you’re doing it wrong. LinkedIn is your path to economic opportunity.

Did you know every Fortune 1000 company has access to LinkedIn to recruit candidates? Companies apply the power of big data and LinkedIn profiles to find their next hire. LinkedIn offers dedicated support to help you craft a profile, search for a job that matches your skills, and even take courses like Graphic Design and Project Management. You’re going to see a greater emphasis on the importance of LinkedIn from SVA so be sure to create a profile today. Join our group to learn what's coming next for SVA and LinkedIn.

Why Many of You Will Not Have a Job Lined Up at Graduation, and What You Need to Do Right Now to Change That
Student Veterans of America | August 11, 2017

Written By: Lisa Rosser, CEO and Founder, The Value Of a Veteran 

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Veterans - raise your hand if you plan to target large corporations as part of your post-graduation job hunt. Makes sense – many large companies have veteran recruiting programs and have made commitments to hire those who have served. However, counting on corporate good will and intention is not enough to stack the deck in your favor when it comes time to find a job before graduation.

Want to know a secret?
Those same large companies have university recruiting programs with a headcount to fill every year. Most of those jobs will never be advertised on Monster or CareerBuilder or LinkedIn. For some companies, university headcount can be as much as 5-50% of all new hires a company plans to make in a year. For example if a major bank plans to hire 10,000 new employees in 2018 and up to 5,000 of those positions have been set aside to be filled by the university recruiting team, wouldn't you want to know how you can connect with those university recruiters?

From SVA Chapter Leader to Veterans Housing Advocate
Student Veterans of America | August 7, 2017

Written By: Andrew McDermott

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Formerly a Navy Corpsman, I am currently following my passion for entrepreneurship and health by majoring in Healthcare Management at Shenandoah University. When I first arrived at Shenandoah, they did not have an active student veteran organization. So, with the help of a highly motivated team, I was able to establish a student veteran presence on campus, become affiliated with SVA, and secure our first veteran resource center. I first served in the capacity of president of our SVA chapter, but am now serving as a student advisor after passing on the presidential duties.

Improve Your Resume and Transform Your Career
Student Veterans of America | August 7, 2017

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A well-crafted resume is a powerful tool that can accelerate your career journey. SVA continues to partner with VMock, a powerful 24-7 online resume review tool that can help you ensure that your resume both reads right and looks right. VMock leverages technologies that include data science, machine learning, and natural language processing to provide instant, personalized feedback on your resume based on criteria gathered from employers and global best practices. This platform provides SVA members specifically with:

• Exclusive SVA resume templates based on your area of study.

• Line-by-line guidance to reflect your military roles and achievements.

• Suggestions to bring out your soft skills that were developed during the military experience.

• Opportunity to connect with the larger veteran community for virtual resume feedback.

How #ForeverGIBill and STEM Can Bridge the Civilian-Military Divide 
Student Veterans of America | July 26, 2017

Written By: Adam Behrendt

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I am an undergraduate student veteran pursuing a degree in math at Stanford University. I was formerly a special-operations corpsman (medic), Navy Enlisted Classification 8403, having enlisted in October 2007, at the height of US involvement in the post-9/11 conflicts, and serving until I was medically retired in March 2015. I spent four of my seven years supporting reconnaissance operations in Southeast Asia.

I am also a volunteer for Service to School, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works to ensure veterans draw maximum value from their educational benefits by gaining admission to the best universities possible.

The Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, part of Forever GI Bill, addresses two of the Post-9/11 GI Bill's shortcomings, removing the 15-year time limit on entitlement use and providing additional funding for veterans in STEM programs requiring in excess of the standard 128 semester credit hours to complete.

  

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