SHRM Launches Free Military-Veteran Hiring Toolkit for Employers

Apr 30, 2012
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SHRM Launches Free Military-Veteran Hiring Toolkit for Employers

Alexandria, Va. – A free military-veteran hiring toolkit designed to guide civilian employers in recruiting veterans launched today during the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) talent management conference being held just outside of Washington, D.C. at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

The 32-page toolkit details 10-steps to follow to effectively source, recruit, and retain military veterans, in the civilian workplace.

The toolkit describes and defines the military-connected talent—veterans, guard, reservists, spouses, and other supporting family members—that employers should consider when creating recruitment outreach plans.

Highlights include:

  • resources to find military veterans seeking private-sector employment;
  • resources for translating military skills into skills civilian employers can understand;
  • tips for creating a military-ready, or veteran-hiring organizational culture;
  • what employers need to know about military talent and military families; and
  • what employers need to know about related employment laws and compliance.

The information guide also includes examples of award-winning, military-hiring initiatives and created by SHRM chapters and state councils (SHRM Pinnacle Award winners) across the U.S.

Additionally, the guide includes descriptions of successful initiatives highlighted in the Employer Support for the Military Community study by the Families and Work Institute.

The “Support from Behind the Lines: 10 Steps to Becoming a Military-Ready Employer,” toolkit was prepared for SHRM by Sherrill A. Curtis, SPHR, principal and creative director for Curtis Consulting Group LLC, a human resource consultancy based in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The toolkit was created to address the information needs HR professionals reported in a recent SHRM poll on hiring military veterans. Only 13 percent of those polled said their organization is “very aware” of effective resources for finding military veteran job candidates. Most, 52 percent, report their organization is “somewhat aware” of such resources while 35 percent said their organization is “not at all aware.”

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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at

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