Veterans

What Veterans Want

Picture this: you’re a military veteran who has returned home from active duty and attempting to assimilate back into civilian culture. You’ve got the support of great family and friends, the respect of your peers, and the opportunity to immerse yourself in a fulfilling career, at least you think you do. You hit…

Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage

The 1st Infantry Division of the US Army has a saying: “No mission too difficult. No sacrifice too great. Duty First!” Over 30,000+ veterans are placed in corporate America each year and there are over 7,500 companies that do the hiring per year of those military individuals. What is even more impressive is that…

This Is What Military Veterans Are Thinking When They Visit Your Company for the First Time

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. “Margaret” was an employee lead given to me by my corporate office in…

Your Employer Brand Happens With or Without You

The ease of access to a vast amount of information is dramatically changing the talent market — it’s a “talent-sumer” world. Today’s candidates do more research, review, and consume more information and are ultimately better prepared in today’s market. Using your brand is one way to respond and differentiate your company in the market…

On Veteran’s Day, Maybe We Can Help Vets by Taking Them Off the Pedestal

Ever since World War II’s Greatest Generation ushered in an age of peace on prosperity never before seen in America, the image of veterans has been steeply mythologized in our culture, and it’s setting unrealistic expectations for the veterans of today who are trying to successfully transition back to civilian life after the…

10 Success Factors for Military Recruitment

Despite best intentions, many organizations are failing to recruit and retain the nearly three million military personnel who have made the transition from military to civilian life and employment since 2001. Traditional resume and job matching strategies simply don’t work for veteran recruitment. Employers — particularly federal contractors who now must meet an…

The National Security Agency Wants to Increase Its Use of Data … in Hiring

In the U.S. the National Security Agency is trying to improve its hiring and retention as the workforce ages, recruiting becomes more complex, and senior leaders want to look instantaneously at dashboards showing what’s up with their workforce. That’s what Kathy Hutson, director of human resources, and Nick Vasilopoulos, chief of personnel assessment…

Boost Your Military Recruiting Efforts With 2 Simple Ingredients: Passion and Momentum

The single-most impactful thing you can do to boost your military hiring efforts in 2015 is not a new technology or tool, not a pay-per-click service, or specialized candidate database. This strategy is budget friendly and team-focused. The answer: search for and identify one person in your organization that is off-the-charts passionate about…

100,000 Jobs Mission Hires 200K Vets

As 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…