VA is teaming up with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation (EDF) and the American Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) to provide one-year, free, premium LinkedIn subscriptions to Veteran caregivers. Donated by LinkedIn, the free premium subscriptions help Veteran caregivers get noticed by recruiters, build out a network, stay in the know on new jobs that fit their skills, and apply for new opportunities.
In addition, LinkedIn offers a free year of unlimited access to over 15,000 business, creative and technology courses. The courses are all taught by industry experts through the LinkedIn Learning platform. Veterans may also request a free one-year premium subscription here: www.linkedin.com/military.
Caregivers support one of VA’s key priorities
VA values its long-standing relationships with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the American Red Cross. Together, we work to strengthen and bridge the gaps in services and resources in the community for caregivers.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation will soon share this offering with their military and Veteran caregiver community. Over the coming weeks, the Dole Foundation will be sharing this with the Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community, an online platform that connects thousands of military caregivers to a network of peer support and other resources.
The American Red Cross MVCN welcomes Veteran caregivers to join their Employment and Workplace Support Group if they are interested.
Specifically for the Veteran community, LinkedIn has created two learning paths.
- Transition from Military to Civilian Employment: This learning path will helps those interested to navigate job searches, build a professional identity, prepare for interviews, negotiate salaries, and more.
- Transition from Military to Student Life: Covers everything from ACT/SAT/GRE test prep to essay writing, study skills, time management tips, and how to land an internship. This learning path propels Veterans to success – graduation and beyond.
To make the most of LinkedIn, use these resources:
- LinkedIn for Veterans: This course provides a “LinkedIn 101” tutorial for everything from selecting and uploading the right picture to searching and applying for jobs.
- Translating Your Military Skills to Civilian Employment: This course will help Veterans understand the civilian hiring process and empower them to demonstrate their best self to potential employers.
- Finding Your Purpose After Active Duty: This course is all about the intangibles of transition – understanding the Veteran’s value to civilian employers, dealing with the uncertainty of transition, and more.
”LinkedIn is excited to support the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who has teamed up with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the American Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network to offer Premium to family members of wounded veterans. These parents, spouses, and children of returning service members often disrupt their career paths to take on the important role of a caregiver.” Sarah Roberts, Head of Military and Veterans Programs, LinkedIn.
Over the coming weeks, the Dole Foundation will be sharing this with the Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community, an online platform that connects thousands of military caregivers to a network of peer support and other resources. This offering is also available to military and Veteran caregivers who request to join Hidden Heroes in the coming weeks.
“We’re very excited to team up with LinkedIn and the VA on this very exciting offering,” said Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “Finding flexible employment has always been a challenge for the military caregivers we serve, and in the midst of COVID-19, this continues to be a top need for caregivers. We are excited to make this offering available to our community and continue to find ways we can creatively support military families during this difficult time.”
The American Red Cross MVCN welcomes Veteran caregivers of all eras to join their custom, secure, caregiver only Network. The MVCN will host Sarah Roberts, Head of Military and Veteran Programs at LinkedIn, to show how LinkedIn can support caregiver employment. Caregivers interested in a free Premium LinkedIn Subscription are encouraged to join the Employment and Workplace Support group where the ongoing issues of caregiver employment are shared.
Other resources from our partners:
- Elizabeth Dole Foundation, VA launch Caregiver Community Connection (C3) effort.
- American Red Cross Military Caregiver Network, VA partner to provide free Portals from Facebook to Veterans, caregivers, and their families: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/73756/eligible-veterans-can-get-free-portal/
- VA, American Red Cross to host blood drives at VA facilities. For more information: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/74163/share-your-health-roll-up-your-sleeve-at-your-va-today/
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