In 2014, the RAND Corporation conducted a survey of 100,000 Veterans hired through the efforts of the Veteran Jobs Mission, representing diverse industries, geographic locations, company sizes, and coalition tenures. Results revealed insights on the successes and challenges of Veteran hiring initiatives, and prompted recommendations on career development, mentoring and retention programs that are useful for Veterans and employers alike.
One of the benefits of joining the Veteran Jobs Mission is access to its Veteran Talent Exchange (VTX), an employer-led web tool that facilitates the sharing and referral of Veteran career profiles among Veteran Jobs Mission members. AT&T, a founding member of the Veteran Jobs Mission, is leading the Veteran Talent Exchange effort. Military and Veteran job seekers and their spouses can join the Veteran Talent Exchange by going to www.VTX.jobs or by accessing it through JobsMission.com.
Employers can recruit from the Veteran Career Transition Program at Syracuse University. Veterans have the option to take four professional tracks, which help them develop civilian job ready skills, including: technology, human resources, professional studies and independent study.
Employers interested in recruiting Veterans who are continuing their education as they transition from military service can consider local SVA chapters as a resource.
This best practice directed by SAP is an example of how an employer could use their needs for skilled employees to develop training programs for Veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce.
The Warriors to Work team created a series of downloadable fact sheets for employers who are hiring and providing employment opportunities to injured service members. These have been developed to assist human resource professionals, hiring managers, and recruiters to recruit, retain, and support Veteran employees.
The Transition Training Academy™ (TTA), is a best practice hands-on program conducted in collaboration with Cisco, Raytheon, and the U.S. Department of labor that helps transitioning service members explore the information-technology (IT) field as a possible career choice.
This Wounded Warrior Project webpage provides a link to employer downloadable resources including a description of the programs and services that Wounded Warriors and their families need, why hiring a Wounded Warrior makes business sense, how to interview a Wounded Warrior for a civilian occupation, how to translate military experience to the civilian workforce and understanding the important accommodations to help assure the Veteran’s and the company’s success.