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Halliburton hiring for engineering jobs in San Antonio

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Oil field giant Halliburton said this week it is recruiting for many engineering jobs in San Antonio, among other positions.

Halliburton said it it will hire 1500 people for a variety of positions, including administrators, managers, technicians, engineers, chemists, geologists and truck driver jobs.

The jobs will pay an average of $70,000 per year. (more…)

Initiative to help veterans find management jobs in San Antonio

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

A new initiative signed by President Obama will connect veterans with management jobs in San Antonio, among other jobs.

Obama announced executive orders Nov. 7 to give tax credits to employers who hire post-9/11 veterans and wounded warriors, as well as enhanced career counseling and related services for veterans.

The president, flanked by veterans association representatives in the White House Rose Garden, expressed concern that unemployment continues to increase among post-9/11 veterans, despite the skills and attributes they have to offer.

The initiative is also expected to help connect veterans with Tampa jobs.
Today’s 9/11 generation has performed heroically in some of the world’s most dangerous places, he said, and “done everything that we’ve asked of them.”

“We ask our men and women in uniform to leave their families and their jobs, and risk their lives to fight for our country,” he said. “And the last thing they should have to do is fight for a job when they come home.

“And that’s why we’re here today,” Obama continued, “to do everything in our power to see to it that America’s veterans have the opportunities that they deserve and that they have earned.”

To incentivize employers to hire them, the president announced a new Returning Heroes Tax Credit that will provide companies up to $5,600 in credits for each unemployed veteran they hire. Similarly, a new Wounded Warriors Tax Credit offers employers up to $9,600 for each veteran with service-connected disabilities they hire.

Obama also announced new initiatives designed to make it easier for veterans to find jobs.

Effective Nov. 7, post-9/11 veterans can download a Veteran Gold Card that entitles them to six months of personalized case management, assessments and counseling services at roughly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers nationwide. This service, which makes good on a pledge Obama made during a speech at the Washington Navy Yard in August, could benefit more than 200,000 post-9/11 veterans, White House officials said.

In addition, the Labor Department launched an online tool Nov. 7, My Next Move for Veterans, where veterans can enter information about their military experience and skills to identify civilian careers that put that experience to use, the president explained. The site also offers information about salaries, apprenticeships, and other related education and training programs, officials said.

Meanwhile, a new job bank that also took effect Nov. 7 will help connect unemployed veterans to job openings at companies seeking to hire veterans, Obama said.