While the nightly news continues to report on the employment challenges faced by veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve, several new and helpful resources have been created for employers. These resources address the main issues identified by HR professionals as obstacles to hiring individuals who are transitioning out of the military.
Resources addressing concerns about post-traumatic stress and other injuries
Using SHRM survey data, the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command created an employer toolkit and ten minute video and supporting materials to knock down hurdles that SHRM research identified as possible impediments to success including:
- Misperceptions about PTSD and what it means in the workplace;
- Misperceptions about the cost of accommodations for wounded veterans; and
- Difficulty translating military skills into civilian jobs.
The U.S. Army’s goal is to encourage discussion about veteran injuries and answer any questions that HR executives may have so they, in turn, can better educate managers and others that may have concerns. The resources are available online:
Resources addressing where to find qualified job candidates
HR professionals often cite difficulty finding job-seekers with the right skill set as an obstacle to hiring employees with a military background. To streamline employer access to 60,000 unemployed National Guard members, the National Guard asked Center for America to create the nonprofit American Jobs for America’s Heroes (AJAH) campaign.
This free service enables employers to post jobs at no cost for direct access by hundreds of state National Guard employment counselors who actively match job candidates with the employer’s job requirements. Employers receive tailored help in screening candidates and understanding how military training and experience relates to the job requirements. Read more about this free direct placement service and how to participate at www.CenterForAmerica.org/pledge/ng/ajah_mm.html.
This service complements Heroes 2 Hired, a job board and information center created by the Department of Defense and Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, available at www.H2H.jobs.
U.S. Veteran’s Affairs Veterans Employment Toolkit
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also recently revamped its information for employers and HR professionals. The newly-organized resource is available at http://www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/ and features an employer toolkit, resource directory, and helpful information about military culture and experience.
These new tools provide key information for HR seeking to build a diverse talent pool that includes the talents of veterans, Guard and Reservists.