ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - February 23, 2015) - National Guard and veteran unemployment and under-employment continues to be above national unemployment levels, yet according to the U.S. Labor Department, available unfilled jobs -- particularly in the industrial and manufacturing sectors -- reached a 14-year high in January.
So, what's the missing connection? Small and mid-size employers often hit snags when seeking to hire trained and experienced veterans and National Guard members. Challenges include efficiently connecting with qualified military job candidates, understanding how military experience meets or exceeds civilian job requirements, and conducting productive interviews with veterans who don't go through interviews in the military.
To help employers and HR recruiters overcome these problems, the Center for America, the non-profit coordinating the American Jobs for America's Heroes military hiring campaign, and the Maryland State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) have produced a free on-demand webinar, "How to Achieve Greater Success in Hiring National Guard and Other Veterans."
This program gives employers practical advice on hurdles they may encounter in the military hiring effort and specific action steps that will help employers find qualified job applicants. Here is the link: http://www.CenterForAmerica.org/webinar2.html
The 45-minute program features three experts who work in the military hiring arena: Brig. Gen. (ret.) Marianne Watson, the former Director of Manpower and Personnel (J1) for the National Guard Bureau; Stacy Bayton, a retired U.S. Marine and Chief Operating Officer for Corporate America Supports You (CASY) and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN), a 2014 Call of Duty Endowment award-winner for excellence in military hiring; and Erin Voirol, the CASY-MSCCN Executive Director and military spouse. In 2014, CASY and MSCCN placed more than 5,000 Guard members and vets in jobs with employers.
The webinar details specific action steps and best practices that help employers and HR professionals streamline the recruiting and hiring process with the objective to retain veterans once hired. Tips include how to update job postings using language that will attract candidates and fit the top skills they have attained in the military and how to identify veteran organizations that work inside the military that can best provide access to candidates.
In one anecdote, Bayton describes preparing a 20-year old Marine Reservist for a job interview. During the initial phase, the young Marine responded with clipped answers that yielded little insight into his valuable experiences.
By utilizing performance-based questions, Bayton discovered the Marine ran multiple operations in Afghanistan and had been in charge of $20 million equipment and a team of Marines. He knew supply-chain management in detail, and offered high-level insights into leadership and teamwork. None of these experiences were revealed in his resume, underscoring the need to connect with job candidates using questions that seek to understand the specific nature of their "mission-first" experience and training in the military.
Employers can register with the American Jobs for America's Heroes campaign to post jobs and get free help on job descriptions and connect with CASY's experienced employment counselors -- free of charge -- by visiting www.CenterforAmerica.org. AJAH provides a host of information and resources to help employers navigate the military hiring effort, including guides written by industry experts for AJAH on taking advantage of available tax credits for hiring veterans and understanding new OFCCP guidelines for federal contractors requiring veteran hiring. More than 1,500 employers nationwide have registered and are participating in this vital campaign.
To schedule an interview, please contact one of the following:
Todd Young (Center for America)
Jenny Kefauver (Center for America)
To download AJAH campaign graphics and photos for association, employer and media use:
CFA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose programs bring people face to face with issues that affect the future quality of life, economic prosperity and freedom in America. CFA offers a wide range of learning programs and knowledge resources about ways people can get involved to help solve America's problems. For more information, please contact, Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer at 770-317-2423 or admin@CenterForAmerica.org. Center for America, 250 Willow Springs Drive, Roswell, GA 30075 © 2014 Center for America. All rights reserved.