SHRM and Easter Seals Dixon Center Working Together to Increase Veteran Employment

Aug 5, 2014
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Easter Seals Dixon Center have announced a working relationship to provide hiring managers and human resource professionals with resources and training in an effort to significantly increase veteran employment in the United States.

As part of their working relationship, SHRM and the Dixon Center will launch a pilot program in Southern California to assist organizations in their efforts to recruit, train and retain veterans and military family members.

“We believe that the relationship between SHRM and Easter Seals Dixon Center has the potential to dramatically change the employment picture for veterans,” said J. Robert (Bob) Carr, senior vice president of membership, marketing and external affairs at SHRM.

“We serve hundreds of thousands of HR professionals who are eager to fill their skill needs from the veteran talent pool,” Carr continued. “By linking HR professionals with veterans and veteran-serving organizations at the community level, we can more successfully connect veterans with jobs.”

Easter Seals Southern California, the California State Council of SHRM (CalSHRM) and the San Diego SHRM chapter will work together to provide training and resources to HR and work with senior business leaders and officials to employ more veterans and military family members.

In addition, HR managers and hiring supervisors will be trained to better understand military resumes and to recognize when the skills and education gained during military service meet job requirements in civilian employment. They also will learn how to set up mentorship programs and flexible scheduling for veterans and will be introduced to networking and referral organizations with a strong reach in the veteran community.

“This collaboration is an opportunity to educate people who are critical to veteran employment,” said retired U.S. Army Col. David Sutherland, who is also co-founder and chairman of the Center for Military and Veterans Community Services at the Easter Seals Dixon Center. “We need to do our part to explain to HR leaders that veterans possess the skills to help organizations thrive.”

The SHRM-Easter Seals Dixon Center working relationship began at the CalSHRM State Legislative and HR Conference in April when Sutherland; Mike Aitken, vice president of government affairs at SHRM; and Mike Letizia, state director of CalSHRM, signed a working agreement.

Media: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Vanessa Gray of SHRM Media Relations at Vanessa.Gray@shrm.org or 703-535-6072 or Kate Kennedy at Kate.Kennedy@shrm.org or 703-535-6260.

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