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Veterans in the Industry

Nineteen percent of veterans employed in the restaurant industry hold management positions, compared to just 10 percent of non-veterans working in the restaurant industry. Similarly, 14 percent of veterans working in restaurants are in supervisor positions, compared to only eight percent of non-veterans working in the industry. Restaurant industry employers value the skills servicemen and women develop while serving this country: confidence, decisiveness and leadership. In addition to chefs, sommeliers and CEOs, the restaurant industry needs information technology experts, logistic specialists, marketing professionals, financial analysts, engineers and more.

The NRAEF is exploring opportunities to expand its job board to create a more robust hospitality industry career website for military servicemen and women and their spouses and to host virtual career fairs for veterans in partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Although the economy has shown some recent signs of recovery, the current unemployment rate stands at 7.5 percent. Since there are plenty of obstacles standing in your way to a new job, it's imperative to hone your approach.

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Comparisons between job hunting and dating are common, and never are they more true than when it comes to the follow-up. After a date, you want to let the other person know you're interested, but you don't want to appear desperate. Plus, you don't want to feel foolish if he or she had no intention of contacting you again. On the other hand, what if he or she is waiting for you to make the call and if you don't, you'll miss out on a great romance?

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As a job seeker, you may sometimes think you're a contortionist, trying to fit and shape yourself into the perfect candidate for the job. Oftentimes you need to tweak your experience and skills to match the job posting's phrasing.

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  • 250,000 – Number of veterans who work in the restaurant industry.
  • 43.4 – Average age of veterans employed in the restaurant industry.
  • 12 – Percentage of veterans employed in the restaurant industry with military disabilities.

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