EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

8.3%

The national unemployment rate as of July 2012. (1)

12.1%

The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001 was 12.1% in 2011. (1)


The number of Latina women enlisting in the military has increased. They make up one of five new enlistees. This is more than Hispanic men. (2)


70%

of employers stated that veterans had leadership skills, purpose, direction and motivation that made them attractive job-seekers. About 50% of the executives said they were impressed with veterans' character trustworthiness, dependability, integrity and maturity. (3)

However, company executives stated they have a hard time translating what they see in someone's military résumé into skills a company can use. (3)


The study recommends that the Pentagon and Labor Department encourage new veterans to better explain the skills they acquired in the military. Those include abilities to plan and execute tasks under stress and respond to unforeseen problems, and being safety-minded. (3)

(1) SOURCE:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
(2) SOURCE:
Pew Hispanic Center
(3) SOURCE:
Center for a New American Security

At ALPFA, we recognize the leadership skills Veterans offer and also the need to help them transition to corporate America. ALPFA offers a national network of professionals and students, access to business leaders and professional development, and specialized events.

ALPFA’s mission: ALPFA creates opportunities, adds value, builds relationships for its members, the community and its business partners while expanding Latino leadership in the global workforce.

Through the ALPFA Veterans Initiative, we create corporate leadership oppor- tunities for those who have served by providing the following:

  • A powerful national network of 22,000+ members across 41 professional chapters, 120+ collegiate chapters, and 100+ corporate partners representing students and professionals of all levels

  • 350+ student, professional, Women of ALPFA, ALPFA Cares and Global Leadership focused leadership development programs hosted by our local chapters across the country year round. To find your local chapter and learn more, visit www.alpfa.org and click on the Professionals tab.

  • Regional Student Symposiums held in 5 cities annually open to undergraduate and first year graduate students

  • Experiential service learning & the opportunity to give back through our local chapter Board of Directors and volunteer committees across our 41 chapters

    Veterans can receive a FREE ALPFA Professional or Student membership by visiting alpfa.org and using the code veterans under join. Veterans can also get 50% off the Professional registration to attend the Annual Convention by using VET14 at registration. Student Veterans can attend for only $250. Visit convention.alpfa.org for more information.

    Please share with any veterans who can benefit from ALPFA as they transition as well as those interested in giving back. On behalf of ALPFA National, we welcome you to our organization.

    For any questions about our initiative, please contact Cindy Saad at cindy.saad@national.alpfa.org

“As a transitioning Engineer Officer from the Army, I can attest to how develop- mental the Los Angeles chapter of ALPFA has been. In just two short months, I have met a wonderful community of professionals - many of whom I now consider good friends. I recommend this organization to any Veteran that finds themselves transitioning and looking to surround themselves with successful, intelligent, and caring business professionals."

Steven Henao- Escobar, VP of Corporate Development, ALPFA Los Angeles