If you’re in the market for new employees, there are a lot of good reasons to think about hiring veterans. HireVetsFirst is a web resource sponsored by the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service which offers resources both to the employer and to the returning vet. For human resource managers and employers, the site offers resources for matching employment opportunities with veterans. Among the resources are One Stop Career Centers that provide recruitment, screening, and training services:
- Recruits, screens, and refers veterans ranging from entry-level workers to highly skilled professionals
- Recruits full-time, part-time, and seasonal workers
- Posts job openings
- Hosts job fairs
- Partners with businesses to clarify job descriptions and eligibility criteria
- Screens veterans to ensure that the right workers with the right skills are selected for interviews
The site also offers a list of upcoming military career fairs.
Another good resource is America’s Heroes at Work, which offers resources for transitioning service members an their families and specific resources for hiring wounded and injured veterans.
The veteran’s adjustment
“The Army of Dude” is a personal blog by a veteran of Iraq. In one post, he describes some of the challenges facing a soldier when re-acclimating to civilian life. (note: rough language alert) It is a compelling personal account that may be useful for employers or family members to read to understand some of the issues that a returning vet might be experiencing.
For another perspective, there is the story of how John Flor’s employer helped the with his adjustment on returning to the job after a two year deployment.
Getting veterans back to work offers some practical employer tips for integrating veterans back into the workforce. Monster.com also offers some tips for employers.
Employers’ best practice guide for helping veterans re-acclimate to the workplace
Helping the military return to work