The transition from military service to the civilian workforce can be challenging for veterans and their families. Most service members joined the military immediately after high school or college, never having conducted a job search, created a resume, or faced a job interview. Once their service is completed, however, veterans are suddenly on their own to navigate the civilian job market for the first time. Scattered across the country and often isolated in communities with no access to employment resources tailored to their unique needs, most veterans must attempt to translate their specialized military experience to the civilian workforce for the first time without the benefit of career counseling and without a clue as to where to start.
HOW AALLII HELPS VETERANS
Conceived by U.S. Navy veteran Yulee Newsome, AALLII (pronounced “ally”) uses technology, advanced assessment tools, and a vast network of civilian and military contacts to connect veterans with the resources they need and deserve. Instead of abandoning newly discharged veterans to manage the chaos of the civilian job search by themselves, AALLII works with each individual to identify the career path that best matches their interests and experience, and shares lessons learned to save money, time, and stress.
The process is simple. AALLII:
·Helps veterans discover and evaluate career interests and employment opportunities
·Coaches veterans in best practices for developing resumes, cover letters, interview techniques, and more
·Connects veterans with hiring managers and other professionals in their desired field
·Joins military families with a peer network of those transitioning and those who have successfully transitioned
AALLII has been a tremendous resource for me transitioning from active duty to the civilian world. From helping me translate my experiences into industries and career fields that I can pursue, to putting me in direct contact with experienced professionals willing to offer advice, AALLII broadened my professional horizons and helped me develop a concrete strategy for a career after the Army. - Captain Brandon Trama
WHY WE’RE ON KICKSTARTER
Most Americans want to demonstrate their gratitude and appreciation to military families but struggle with how to do so in a meaningful way. At the same time, veterans in need of assistance in their transition to civilian employment are met with bureaucratic backlogs and standardized services that don’t address veterans’ unique circumstances. The AALLII Kickstarter Project is meant to provide a bridge between these two groups, enabling a broad audience of civilians and supporters to assist veterans and to serve those who have served. Funds raised will provide 100 military families with complimentary career transition assistance to help them initiate and focus their transition to the civilian workforce. Each AALLII-facilitated transition will help minimize the chaos of the transition to a civilian career while offering supporters a meaningful way with which to demonstrate their appreciation to military families.
The most tangible way for us to thank our servicemen and servicewomen for their choices and their sacrifices, and for society at large to benefit from the experience and maturity of these men and women, is to facilitate a quick and smooth transition into the civilian workforce. In my experience, AALII offered the most transparent and efficient way for professionals like me to directly help a veteran think through their choices, candidly address their concerns, and enable their successful transition to civilian life. I look forward to continuing to partner with AALII. – Rakesh Shankar, Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Risks and challenges
Privacy laws prevent the military from sharing the contact information of transitioning service families so veterans rarely get exposed to employment solutions with sufficient time for the resources to be useful. Should they use a job board, career fair or a headhunter…and which one? The answer is “it depends.”
Newsome’s background and experience give AALLII a differentiated understanding of transition best practices, the ability to provide guidance in a meaningful way, and the civilian/military network to get the necessary access.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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