7 Job Search Tips for Veterans Entering the Civilian Workforce

Making the transition from military service to civilian life can be exciting, but also challenging for many veterans. Often, one of the biggest hurdles is the job search process and knowing how to effectively market their skills, experience and passion to employers.

This challenge can be particularly acute for veterans coming off long stints of military service. New technology, social media and other trends have led to some major changes in the hiring process in recent years.

Fortunately, a wide range of resources and information is available to help veterans and military spouses significantly improve their chances of landing a job. To get started, here are a few key suggestions for a post-service job search:

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The Mind-Blowing Scale of Holiday Hiring

holiday_ig_thumbIf you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably well-aware that the next couple of months are going to get busy — very busy. As the end of the year fast-approaches, the world’s biggest consumer brands need to find a way to stay afloat and stay ahead of the inevitable shopping rush.

Companies need temporary talent as quickly as possible and need to have a holiday hiring plan.

Every year, the holidays generate demand for extra ‘hands on deck.’ That’s why retailers and delivery companies begin their staffing efforts in July or August. Last year, there were more than 1.7M private sector jobs added to the economy in 2013. This year, forecasts are much more aggressive — as one report points out, seasonal hiring will potentially outpace dot-com boom levels. The last time that this surging demand for temporary talent happened was in 1999.

Learn more about the mind-blowing impact of the holiday season with our infographic below:
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Maximize Corporate Giving and Employee Engagement During the Holidays

Volunteering gives you the extra edge you need to step out into the workforce and become a key playerIt would be impossible to count the number of people who have benefitted from charitable giving at the corporate level in some way. Not only is charitable giving beneficial for people and communities, it has a surprisingly positive impact on a business’ bottom line as well.

Companies can use their corporate giving programs to engage their employees, increase retention, attract new hires, engage with customers and create new business opportunities. 61 percent of all candidates take a company’s charity initiatives into consideration when evaluating a company and 83 percent of all employees prefer companies that focus on corporate giving.

If your company is looking for the right charity partner for the 2014 holiday season – or beyond – here are some things to consider:
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Enhance Your Company Culture With Corporate Social Responsibility

Group-of-volunteersIn today’s working world, people tend to throw around the term “corporate social responsibility” with no abandon. It makes you wonder if the words have lost their meaning. Or maybe they’ve just evolved?

What does “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) mean to you – and to your company? Register for our webinar on November 5 to learn more and earn an HRCI credit.

Does it come in the form of holiday charity drives or a walk for a cure? Or is it more about go-green initiatives and environmental sustainability (smaller carbon footprint!)? Or maybe it means donating large chunks of money or time to worthy causes in faraway places?

Or maybe you’re still trying to define CSR for your company?
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4 Ways Staffing Companies Help With Seasonal Hiring Needs

This is part one of our “Seasonal Hiring” blog series. Part two discusses the importance of recruiting during the fourth quarter to outperform your competition in the year ahead.

Accounting firms often need extra help during tax season. Most retailers need more staff during the holidays, as do packing and shipping services. Tourism-related businesses are another classic example of companies that need extra help as their seasonal business changes. And there are myriad other businesses whose staffing needs fluctuate throughout the year.

If your industry is one where seasonal ebb and flow in business creates a need for varying staff levels throughout the year, then turning to a staffing company can be the perfect solution. There are numerous benefits to using a staffing company rather than hiring employees only to have to lay them off when business slows. Continue reading to learn about the associated benefits.

1. Eliminate liability

You can reduce any unemployment liability, because staff is generally employed by the staffing company, rather than your company directly. In other words, the staffing company pays for unemployment insurance (though of course those costs are going to be passed on to their clients in the form of higher contract costs).
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Adecco Publishes Global Study on the Use of Social Media in Recruitment and Job Searching

SocialRecruitingSocial media has become the universal domain for both recruiters and job seekers alike.  Social media websites are essentially storefronts in the new marketplace for jobs.

As the global leader in HR solutions, Adecco wants to better understand how people interact in this new marketplace: how they search for jobs, which platforms they use and how they present themselves online. This is why we’ve completed our first global study on the use of social media in recruiting and job search.

About the study

Developed by Adecco Group in partnership with the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, the study is the most comprehensive research of its kind to date. Responses from 17,272 job seekers and 1,501 recruiters from 24 countries were collected. The topics of research include:

  • The use of social media for professional purposes
  • The effectiveness of social media in the matching of job seekers with open positions in the job market
  • The relevance of web reputation and its impact on recruiting
  • The social capital of individual candidates
  • How recruiters explore the web when looking for a candidate

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