Attract. Hire. Retain.
Attract. Hire. Retain.
Understanding the business case for--and the business of--hiring veterans
Over the years I’ve often been asked: “What’s the correct way to celebrate Memorial Day, and, is the word celebrate even the right word? Should we be somber and reflective, or happy and celebratory because of all we have to be thankful for?” To this I’d emphatically respond with: “Yes”- you should be both, wholeheartedly.
I typically write articles here specific to veterans who are transitioning into the civilian sector. However, this one not only is very applicable to the veteran community, but can help anyone who is looking for their next job!
On January 23, @shrmnextchat held a special Tuesday edition of #Nextchat: SHRM Live 2018 -- Leveraging Untapped Talent Pools to Help Your Business Thrive, where we carried the SHRM LIVE 18 virtual event conversation to Twitter to hear from HR and recruiting professionals from around the world about how they’re leveraging untapped talent pools in their talent acquisition strategies.
Each year Veterans’ Day affords Americans the opportunity to pay our respects to all who have served our country honorably during war and peacetime. What better way to honor veterans and their families than by helping them transition into the 21st Century civilian workforce and find jobs that are meaningful, provide security, and allow them to contribute their unique skills and experiences.
Today, as we recognize and thank the military servicemen and servicewomen who have given so much to our country, let’s not forget the other important ways veterans serve our nation—by providing needed skills and expertise in our workplaces.
Let’s take a trip down elementary geography lane for a second. The triangle is considered the most stable shape which is why it’s so commonly used around us – from bridges, camera tri-pods and bicycles – triangles provide the stability and support in many things around us.
Two of the most important skills the military gave me!
If there is one ingredient in the recipe for a successful transition to civilian life that I could recommend, it would be to find and work with a mentor.
The simple definition of a mentor is “an experienced, trusted advisor”. Such a small definition, to what amounts to be a life changing and important tool in succeeding in your transition into the civilian world and the next chapter of your career.
How do you get 20 years of military experience down to two pages?
If there is one question that comes up more than any other from my military friends and networks, it is “How exactly do you condense 20 years of military experience into a resume that doesn’t resemble an encyclopedia?”
Veterans have a lot of training, experience & qualifications that need to be condensed into a short two-page resume that is typical of today’s standards.
If there’s one thing I learned in my time in the Navy and during my last 10 plus years in the Human Resources field, is that the one ingredient you can never go wrong with in a recipe for success is: Grit.