Every year on Veterans Day, we pause and think about the sacrifice our military service men and women, and their families make for our country. For me, Veterans Day gets me thinking about my grandfather who was at Iwo Jima during WWII and my brother who is currently serving.
As many veterans will tell you, they don’t just want to be thanked, they want to be supported. Here at exaqueo, as we reflect on Veterans Day, we want you to consider how to help employ and support the career transitions of vets.
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In honor of Veteran's Day in the US, we're focusing this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Update on veterans and jobs. Here are some recent articles about the two topics as they relate to each other. And don't miss Susan's post on our own blog this week about veterans. Happy weekend!
1) Obama’s Veterans Day message focuses on jobs from Washington Post
"President Obama focused his Veterans Day remarks on the growing ranks of former troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are now searching for new ways to serve their country at home. “We’re in the midst of a new wave of American veterans,” said Obama, referring to a generation of men and women who have weathered the longest stretch of war in U.S. history. Those veterans have struggled in recent years to get care from an overwhelmed Department of Veterans Affairs. They’ve faced a higher unemployment rate than their civilian peers and an increase in suicides."
Serving in the military is incredibly honorable. Service members learn so many useful skills and have the ability to perform well under intense pressure. Transitioning to civilian life can be an adjustment though. Veterans may have picked up desirable skills along the way, but it's not always easy to understand how to transfer them to a "normal" job. This week's talent and HR news weekly roundup features best practices in veteran recruiting - organizations and industries who are focused on recruiting veterans and ensuring their success in the civilian world.
1) 25 Most Influential Companies for Veteran Hiring from Profiles in Diversity Journal
"Some of the most influential corporations in America today have helped to create transformational programs in the business community that are impacting lives and bringing together communities in support of our service members and their families. These organizations have a deeply rooted commitment to supporting like-minded organizations in their efforts to help veterans make the transition to a civilian workforce. Their efforts have helped to promote promising new approaches, create innovative tools and garner support for best practices more quickly, so that the entire business community can benefit."