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HR professionals and employers need to take the time to understand military culture and the military perspective in order to effectively recruit and hire veterans, according to dozens of thought leaders brought together by the SHRM Foundation.
The SHRM Foundation, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), partnered with the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations to hold a summit earlier this year on Integrating and Engaging Veterans in the Workforce. The gathering in Alexandria, Va., of 50 thought leaders and stakeholders representing a diverse set of public and private perspectives on veteran employment was part of an initiative in support of employers hiring, engaging and retaining military veterans.
The full report from the event will be released today at the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition.
The summit participants concluded that the most pressing need is to educate both employers and service members in the areas of cultural competency, acumen, and the process of transitioning out of the military and into the civilian workforce.
Just as organizations should try to better understand the military, transitioning service members should develop cultural competencies for the business world and consider the employer perspective, so the two sides can effectively communicate, translate job skills and assimilate culturally.
[SHRM members-only toolkit: Becoming a Military-Ready Employer]
Participants agreed that the challenges in veteran employment are broad. "They span the entire life cycle from talent identification, recruitment and hiring, onboarding and integrating, all the way through engagement and retention. Transition is a complex process, not a single event, which means that a comprehensive solution set is required," the report said.
Additional high-level takeaways from the report include:
The SHRM Foundation is partnering with veteran-serving organizations to create a suite of free resources and tools that will be issued throughout 2017 and 2018 and which are meant to assist employers in finding, hiring, engaging and retaining veterans in their organizations, including:
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