“Made in America” by Toby Keith is one of the newest anthems for our armed forces. In this song he talks about how his father would pay extra for things made in the USA by people in the USA like our veterans. In this post we are going to discuss the research and some sourcing techniques for finding veterans.
First military/Veteran search terms such as:
1). Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, etc..
2). Organizations such as Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV) etc. The link below will take you to a list of veteran and military organizations.
3). Other words or Acronyms: Veteran, Military, USMC, USArmy, USAF, USCG, USN, Vet, Former, Retired, prior etc. See link below for a list of Military Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations.
4). Clearances are a huge and there are many types: Secret, Top secret, and more. Most veterans will have or had a clearance. For a list of clearances see link below.
5). Obviously knowing the MOC and actual title used in the military that you are search for helps. So the link below takes you to the best of the MOC finders.
6). Researching government agencies can also help as many veterans may have worked for government agencies. The link below will help identify most agencies.
7). Also there are a lot of companies that support government agencies (meaning companies providing talent and services to federal agencies), below is a link to a list of most of them.
Now with all the research done you are ready to put together a search string. Below is a simple string that will find veterans who have Java, are ex Army and have a Top Secret clearance.
Inurl:resume (Java OR J2EE) AND (Army OR USARMY) AND (“Top Secret” OR TS)
Keep in mind you can substitute subject and title for url and substitute bio, CV, or “curriculum vitae” for resume. Also you can use the pipe “|” instead of OR in Google, and you do not need to use “AND” in Google. In addition you can use terms like –job –jobs –apply -example to remove possible job ads. You can also use the Tilda (~) instead of inurl: in google to save time.
***** Remember to do your research first*****
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