One of the things I was most surprised by when I got into the jobs business over a decade ago was the prevalence and practice of age discrimination in hiring right here in the USA. Oh, sure... we're not like some overseas markets where job ads explicitly demand youth, or a particular gender, or beauty(!), in the applicant, but there it is...
The military community is a tight one, and there are many former serviceman and servicewomen out there waiting to help you make a successful transition to civilian life. Here are five organizations that are focused on the needs of service members hanging up their uniforms:
Military Officers Association of America: http://www.moaa.org/
An association serving active, former and retired military officers. Provides networking opportunities and other transition services. MOAA’s job fairs are open to anyone.
A social networking site for veterans leaving the service to network with employers, recruiters, volunteers and mentors to assist in their job search.
Corporate Gray: http://www.corporategray.com/
An organization serving the veterans community, providing job- seeker resources, job fairs, and career-transition education books and services, as well as promoting veterans as employees to employers.
Hire Vets First: http://www.hirevetsfirst.gov
A job-search and transition-assistance program run by the Department of Labor with career resources online, and events and information for employers, including a skills translator and career centers.
Claiming to be the “largest single source of transition assistance information and tools for today's separating military,” this site offers locators for Transition Assistance Program offices, Veterans Employment Representatives, and other information and resources to help service members find civilian employment.