Hello everyone, I am Todd Blaskowitz and new to LSV.
I am very interested in moving to Houston when I finish my MBA next April (2013). I was wondering if anyone here could provide me with some information:
What are some of the top veteran friendly employers that you have seen hiring?
What are the top career search resources available to vets in TX?
What industries are growing fastest in the Houston area?
If you know anything about these topics or are a recruiter/representative of a organization that is vet friendly please let me know!
My name is Bryan and I run the Warrior for Life program for LSVA. I can tell you that Houston is hiring veterans. If you want to find vet friendly employers, look no further. Visit our job bank at Vetslist.us to view employers that have partnered with LSVA to employ veterans here in Texas. It is very simple go to www.vetslist.us, create a veterans profile, upload your resume, complete the registration process (or your profile cannot be viewed by others), and browse the companies. There is a great deal of companies that want to hire veteran for a variety of position, from blue collar to white collar.
As far as which companies are growing fast right now, Oil & Gas, IT, Medical and Construction are all picking back up. Houston has a large variety of job industries. What is your MBA in?
I really appreciate your response, thank you for the great info! I have filled out a profile on vetslist.us and I think it is a very comprehensive resource. I think the state of TX has some amazing veteran programs and I feel many people in the state share similar values that I do. I am very excited about the prospects of heading down to Houston.
I am working on two degrees right now at the University of Pittsburgh, MBA (Finance) and MS (Management Information Systems). I really think I would like to work in the Oil and Gas industry. Once again, thanks for your response.
Another place you might want to look at is the healthcare industry. The Texas Medical Center is one of the largest groups of hospitals in America. They are working on a formal veteran hiring program. We will keep you informed of when it is starting.
I would appreciate info on that program when it is up and running. Thanks!
There are plenty of resources here. The Texas Worksource Commission has plenty of online posting for jobs all around the Houston area and they give preference to Veterans for Job fairs and skip you to the head of the lines for the interviews. Their website is www.workintexas.com . Depending on the geographic area you are moving to, the fields in information technology and engineering are hot as well as all oil and natural gas industry work for that field. I also encourage to apply for positions in the county where you plan to live. You have lesser pay but the employee benefits from the state health insurance plans outweigh the decrease in pay. I was getting eye, health, and dental for 38 dollars at UTMB-Galveston. UTMB has a new program for Nursing. They will pay your classes/coursework at the university if you are studying in the fields they need people in. They only take the first sixty. New program they started last month. Don't recall the name but in case you or anyone needs a change in career you would get to study for free at one of the top medical schools in the country!
There is plenty of work in Texas. For example, Harris county emcompasses most of Houston, Tx and its surrounding areas. I know for a fact they are looking for IT personnel in Desktop support, network storage management, IT director just to name a few. These postings can be viewed on the Harris County website (http://www.hctx.net/hrrm/employment.aspx ).If you are moving to military towns there are plenty of DOD contractors in Houston, Corpus Christie, and San Antonio. SAIC, Raytheon, and Boeing have offices in Houston. The Houston VA is also hiring. Galveston County and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston combined have at least 12 positions ranging from desktop support, applications support to senior team lead in information technology/CIS. ( http://jobs.utmbhealth.com/go/Systems-Analyst-Jobs/254243/ ) You can upload your resume to their website and you can get emails when jobs become available. Most of the jobs can get you working immediately if you have certifications in Cisco or Microsoft or just willing to learn software like peoplesoft tools. Good luck.
Thanks for all the great information! I have registered for workintexas.com, and plan on attending a few job fairs. I will look into some of the ideas you gave me, thanks again!
no problem buddy. KBR and Halliburton are also looking for IT folks and it's local, although they do have overseas IT positions in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan too.
I am actually looking at the "Application Systems Analyst" position at UTMB-HPRD. We actually have a very similar health system in Pittsburgh (where I attend school) called UPMC, and have always had an interest in a systems analyst position in health care. I am going to apply for this position and let them know I am interested post-graduation. I see they use PeopleSoft, and I have a lot of PeopleSoft experience and SQL and Oracle experience. I appreciate this lead!
I have done my good deed for the day. lol
No problem! Hope the info I posted helps as many folks as possible. They also use EPIC and LIS (laboratory information stream?) for the lab work there. And if they should move your office into the datacenter like they did mine make sure you get and wear hearing protection (ear plugs) otherwise the noise will surely leave a ringing in your ears after about a month.
Another route you may go is to look into http://www.militaryjusticeleague.com, they have a ton of jobs nationwide and they help with resume writing and interview skills. I am the VP of the military mentors program at BBBS Lone Star http://www.militarybigs.com and they helped me rewrite my resume for the profit sector in case I wanted a career change and I was truly amazed with the finished product. Check them out. I am a member and I save money monthly just by being in the network. I hope this helps.
the industries that are growng fast is the industrial side. mechanics. engineers. electrician and so forth. you can try indeed houston. in houston military frinedly would beeeeeeee dyncorp, aerotek, and kbr