The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a new online Veterans Employment Toolkit, in conjunction with the VA’s Office of Mental Health Services, aimed at helping employers, managers and supervisors, human resource professionals, and EAP providers support employees who are Veterans or members of the Reserve or National Guard.
Given the many efforts in this country to increase the hiring of Veterans, the Veterans Employment Toolkit was designed to help employers, managers and supervisors, and human resource professionals support Veterans in the workplace to increase Veterans’ retention of employment and facilitate their success in the workplace.
The online toolkit provides information about the value Veterans bring to the workplace, material describing the military experience and culture, common challenges Veterans may experience in readjusting to civilian life and how to support individuals in that transition, general communication tips for managers and supervisors, and how to support members in the Reserve and National Guard. The Veterans Employment Toolkit also includes resources for Veterans looking to obtain employment and how they can make important career decisions and excel in the workplace.
The 10th annual list of Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® was released on www.militaryfriendly.com, a new digital site highlighting companies with leading employment solutions for military. The list of 100 companies represents the top 2 percent of more than 5,000 eligible companies whose annual revenues exceeded $500 million.
The Military Friendly Employers® list, which is verified by Ernst & Young LLP, serves as the primary benchmark of corporate recruiting programs aimed at veterans. Companies vehemently compete to make the list, which gives them an advantage in recruiting highly coveted military-trained talent. This year’s #1 Military Friendly Employer, USAA, has been a perennial top performer, making the Top 100 list every year since 2003, but enjoying its first time at the top.
In its 10 years, the Military Friendly Employers® list has significantly increased the quality of corporate programs aimed at recruiting veterans. Since 2003, the average percentage of veterans hired by companies on the list has grown 138%, the average number of full-time military recruiters has grown 68% and military recruiting budgets have grown 268%.
An Advisory Board consisting of leaders in the military recruitment community helps determine methodology, criteria and weightings for the list. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/board.
“There’s nothing more heartbreaking than to see a veteran without a home.” Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder is with the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, and she clearly lays out the case for why it’s so important to help servicemembers find jobs when they return home from war.
The Paychecks to Patriots initiative in Tennessee brought together the public and private sectors to stage 13 simultaneous hiring fairs across the state, with over 2,500 veterans and spouses in attendance.
Look for the expansion of this program, and others like it, in an area near you!
As an extension of the team’s military outreach throughout the baseball season, the Washington Nationals will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation in hosting a Hiring Our Heroes job fair at Nationals Park on Wednesday, December 5, 10 am to 1 pm.
More than 75 employers are expected to participate in this FREE event, with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. Companies range from America’s biggest employers to small companies from across the region. There will also be a series of career-building presentations for attending military spouses through the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Business Alliance.
The job fair is sponsored by Capital One and co-sponsored locally by the Military Bowl, Military Spouse Employment Partnership, the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment & Training Service (DOL VETS), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and The American Legion.
The event will supplement the Nationals’ various military initiatives, which in 2012 included visits to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and gameday patriotic programs such as the In-Game Military Salute and the “Me and a Friend” initiative.
Nationals Park – Stars & Stripes Club
1500 South Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
RSVP: Interested job seekers should register for free at hoh.greatjob.net. Walk-in job seekers are allowed, however they must provide military ID. For help with registration, email firstname.lastname@example.org call 202.463.5807.
Check out USAA’s post to see the top 5 metro areas for veterans, and then let us know if you agree with their criteria for ranking. We don’t want to give away the top rated city, but we’ll share their photo below. Can you guess where this is?