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Almost four million veterans  live with a service-connected disability, which can make it a challenge to perform their best day to day in the workplace. Employers can help out the service men and women working in their offices by taking steps to make the space more accessible to workers with disabilities, including motor, visual, and auditory impairments. Here are some of the best ways that businesses can ensure that their facilities...
We are living in a visual world. In our last blog post we talked about headshots on a resume , but video resumes are becoming more widely accepted. Ashley White, who is Human Resources Director for APQC says this .... I would suggest that a candidate never put a headshot in their resume UNLESS part of the role requires that they do so, i.e. a model or television personality.  Normal human instinct is to form an opinion...
Veteran unemployment in America is  at a historical low, reaching only 2.7%  against an average of 4% for the general population. This optimistic outlook is encouraging more and more vets to find a job in the civilian sphere. However, for some, labor reintegration is challenging. While serving in the Armed Forces,  you develop extremely valuable skills , but at the same time many bring home the scars of war - both emotional...
Creating a welcoming environment is a good start, but hiring—and retaining—skilled, quality veteran workers are going to take more than that. You’ll need to implement a strategy to develop good career opportunities for veterans that will attract them to your company, if you want to position the organization as a veteran-friendly employer. Here’s how to get started doing this. Consider Expanding Current Positions...
As we head into 2019, the current unemployment rate is lower than it has been in 49 years. The competition is tough among employers for loyal, highly skilled workers, and companies are increasingly looking for new avenues to find the staff they need. Hiring veterans is one way to expand the talent pool, and these strategies will help to not only recruit but to retain qualified people. Identify the Right Values Hiring veterans needs...
Does LinkedIn seem confusing or overwhelming? I get it. You definitely didn’t need a LinkedIn profile when you decided to serve, but it’s an important tool for you in the civilian world. It’s also an excellent resource for networking and job searching. Recruiters and hiring managers use this as one of their main resources to pre-screen job applicants so it’s time to make a profile or update your current one. I have...
Whether it be Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, South Korea or even in a U.S. territory, service members spend countless days, weeks and months away from homes and their families. While we can never thank them enough for their sacrifice to protect their fellow Americans, hiring them is one way we can begin to show our gratitude. But that is not the only reason companies should recruit military personnel. There are many compelling, practical reasons...
Does hiring military veterans make business sense? Some business owners are still hesitant about hiring veterans, for many reasons. For example, veterans are often regarded as behaviorally unpredictable ticking time bombs who have nothing to offer businesses except combat stories. Well, the truth is, these are just rumors and stereotypes based on a few examples, often unsupported by any evidence. Here’s how Psychology Today...
Recruiting the right employee for the position is challenging at the best of times, whether you’re hiring a veteran or someone with no military experience whatsoever. Conversely, hiring the wrong employee is a mistake that can cost you big in time, money and staff goodwill. This makes it essential to get it right, and in companies without a formal HR process, these tips will be very helpful. Create a Detailed Job Description Before...
If your company has a goal to hire military veterans, one way to achieve this objective is to earmark certain jobs for military vets. Doing this will enable you to focus your recruitment activities on filling those positions from the ranks of available veterans, helping you to avoid compromising your principles in times when it’s difficult to find the right workers. Here are some ways to do this effectively.  Look for a...
Taking the decision to focus on recruiting veterans as employees offers multiple benefits for your company. Former military personnel have characteristics that are great assets to the private sector, such as team orientation, trustworthiness, and dedication to their work. Veterans typically also exhibit strong leadership skills and can think in the most unique and difficult circumstances . They’re self-directed and have a...
Recruiters might think interviewing for a veteran job placement is just like any other interview. In some respects, it is. There are certain questions you should always ask, to get a measure of the candidate in front of you. With veterans, however, there are some you should actively avoid. We’ve broken out the differences for you here. Questions You Should Ask Candidates Why do you believe you’re the right person for...