VETERANS

  • SOME IDEAS FOR FINDING VETERANS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: veterans

    Companies continue to express interest in hiring veterans, but in many cases aren’t sure how to find them, or what to make of their skills.

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  • BREAK THE LANGUAGE BARRIER BETWEEN RECRUITERS AND VETERANS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: veterans

    Just a few years ago, only 20 percent of companies surveyed had developed a formal program for recruiting veterans. And in spite of an ever-tightening labor market, unemployment rates for veterans continue to trend higher than civilian and overall unemployment rates. This could be because of a “language barrier” that exists between veterans and recruiters. 

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  • THE ‘TECH COMPANY’ YOU MAY NOT BE HIRING FROM BUT SHOULD

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: veterans

    With technology often the equal of the private sector, the military can be an overlooked source of employees.

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  • THIS HUGE ORGANIZATION IS USING AN INTRIGUING NEW TOOL TO FORECAST ITS DIFFICULTY IN RECRUITING

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Featured, veterans, Workforce Planning

    An organization that brings on more than 70,000 hires annually has contracted with a small group of number-crunchers to build it a fascinating recruiting-difficulty tool.

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  • THIS ORGANIZATION’S RECRUITING PRACTICES ARE WORTH A LOOK

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Featured, Social Media Management, technology, veterans

    We are so entangled in our Boolean strings, LinkedIn posts, tweets, and scrapping tools that we have unintentionally failed to notice a special breed of recruiters that exists in the same ecosystem as ours and continues to achieve its goals in a far more efficient ways than we can imagine.

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  • A NEW, 30-SECOND U.S. MARINES RECRUITING VIDEO COMES WITH A TWIST

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Advertising & Marketing, diversity, Featured, veterans

    The U.S. Marines have unveiled a recruiting video showing footage of a Marine as a kid walking down the school hall; later playing rugby; and then in intense battle in the military.

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  • LOYALTY, DUTY, RESPECT, HONOR, INTEGRITY, PERSONAL COURAGE

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: diversity, Featured, Niche Searches, talent acquisition, veterans, Veterans in the Workplace

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    The 1st Infantry Division of the US Army has a saying: “No mission too difficult. No sacrifice too great. Duty First!”

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  • THIS IS WHAT MILITARY VETERANS ARE THINKING WHEN THEY VISIT YOUR COMPANY FOR THE FIRST TIME

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Featured, veterans, Veterans in the Workplace

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    I used to manage a 30-person office for a national military recruiting firm. We placed transitioning military service members into Fortune 500 companies all over the United States. One of the worst hires I ever made was more than 10 years ago.

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  • 100,000 JOBS MISSION HIRES 200K VETS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: military, News and Features, veterans

    veterans day 2014As America honors its military veterans today, there is encouraging news on the jobs front: The unemployment rate for the nation’s veterans has declined sharply in the year since the last Veterans Day.

    Thanks to a nationwide focus on hiring veterans, and especially younger veterans who served in the post 9/11 military, unemployment for all veterans went from 6.9 percent in October 2013 to 4.5 percent last month. The national unemployment rate dropped 1.4 percentage points to 5.4 percent. (All percentages are non-seasonally adjusted.)

    Contributing to the sharp decline was a project launched three years ago by JPMorgan Chase and 10 other large employers. As its name implies, the 100,000 Jobs Mission committed to hiring 100,000 veterans by the end of 2020. Now, with more than 170 companies participating, the project has employed more than 190,000 former military. (more…)

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  • HEALTH REFORM TWEAK CONGRESS HOPES WILL GET YOU TO HIRE MORE VETS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: ACA, Affordable Care Act, Healthcare Reform, In this week's e-newsletter, Obamacare, reform, veterans

    New legislation appears poised to make it through Congress that would incentivize businesses to hire military veterans by altering one of the more controversial rules for employers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

    As you know, the ACA requires that employers with more than 50 full-time-equivalent employees provide health insurance to those employees or pay a penalty.

    Many opponents of the law believe this mandate could prevent small employers from hiring if they are close to going over that 50-employee threshold.

    That could prove to be a problem to military veterans who are having trouble finding work (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate of veterans who’ve served since 9/11 is 9.2%).

    So along comes the Hire More Heroes Act of 2014, which aims to remove any worries of going over that threshold when it comes to deciding whether or not to hire vets.

    veteran, health reformThe legislation would allow employers to leave veterans out of the 50-employee calculation, even if hired full-time, as long as the vets already have health coverage. Their insurance must be provided either via TRICARE, the federal veterans’ health program, or through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Chances of passage?

    The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) easily passed the House by a vote of 406-1 in March.

    So on to the Senate is goes.

    Now you might be thinking: This is just another in a long line of revisions to the ACA the Republican-controlled House has sent to the Democrat-controlled Senate only to be shot down.

    That may not necessarily be the case here. Clearly, with only one dissenting vote in the House, the bill has thus far received overwhelming bipartisan support. It’s not a stretch to think the same could happen in the Senate, although of the 38 co-sponsors for the Senate version only two are Democrats.

    The legislation is also supported by the Enlisted Association of National Guard of the United States (EANGUS), which represents the interests of enlisted soldiers and airmen in the Army and Air National Guard, and The Retired Enlisted Association, a veterans’ service organization, according to Davis’ website.

    A release on the site quotes Davis:

    “We know offering health care is costly for small businesses and the employer mandate in Obamacare has forced many to delay hiring, cut hours and in some cases reduce their payroll at a time when our economy is struggling to recover. So, it only makes sense to exempt veterans receiving health care through the VA from Obamacare’s employer mandate since they are clearly covered elsewhere and do not need employer-provided insurance.”

    We’ll keep you posted on the bill’s progress.