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."
2) Construction Industry Pledges to Hire 100,000 Veterans from The Washington Post
“Veterans are invaluable to the construction industry,” said Larry L. Melton, an executive with Bechtel Corporation, one of the firms involved in the pledge. ”Men and women who serve in the military often have the traits that are so critical to our success: agility, discipline, integrity, and the drive to get the job done right.”
3) Veterans Find a New Way to Serve from Profiles in Diversity Journal
"Since “You Served For America, Now Teach For America” was launched in 2012, the initiative has been successful in recruiting, training, and sending veterans into some of the nation’s highest need schools. And all indications are that students are benefiting from their exposure to this group’s experience, leadership, and desire to continue to serve...In 2013, more than 100 teachers with military experience served as Teach For America corps members. By 2015, the program expects that up to five percent of its incoming corps members will be veterans."
4) One Organization Strives to Find Veterans a Job from Be a Hero, Hire a Hero
"Be A Hero-Hire A Hero operates under 3 Core Principles – Educate, Recruit and Retain. We assist veterans and employers with integrating these principles into their hiring strategy to make the veterans’ transition from the military to the corporate environment seamless."