Connecting US reservists and their families to jobs

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Left to right:
Lieutenant General Jeffrey W. Talley
Rachelle Chapman, Sr. Manager, Recruitment and Military Liaison for Adecco
Erin M. Thiede, Director Employer, Partnership Office
Angel Faggins, Manager Employer, Partnership Office

Finding a good job is challenging these days, and it can be especially difficult for a civilian soldier in the Army Reserves.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate for reservists and veterans is several points higher than the national average.  For junior enlisted reservists, it’s twice the national average.  So when Adecco was asked to help our nation’s reservists find jobs, we jumped at the chance.

In early 2009, we publicly committed to recruit and hire Army reservists through the Employer Partnership Office (EPO) in a ceremony at the Capitol in Denver, Colorado.  Over the past five years we have worked with our EPO partners all across the country to connect reservists and their families from all military branches with our clients.  The only state without an active EPO presence was Hawaii – until now.
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How can you improve your talent pipeline? Hire a veteran.

Interested in hiring a veteran? Click here.The Many Benefits of Hiring Veterans

Military veterans served our country, and now many of them are making the transition from active duty service-member to active job seeker. This group represents a great opportunity for employers to cast a wide net when looking for top talent in the workplace.

First and foremost, veterans are almost always a smart hire. Their military service has provided them with a range of skills, expertise and leadership capabilities that translates well into the civilian sector. A veteran’s can-do work ethic and ability to perform and execute strategies well under pressure are not only mission-essential qualities for the military; these attributes make them stand out as candidates as well. Another incentive to hiring veterans are the federal tax benefits corporate America receives to encourage the hiring of veterans.

The unemployment rate for veterans currently runs about two points higher than the national average. To help reverse this trend, several initiatives are under way to bolster placement for veterans. One program that has delivered promising results is Hiring our Heroes. Launched in March 2011, the program connects employers with veterans, primarily through more than 600 hiring fairs throughout the country.
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7 Job Search Tips for Veterans Entering the Civilian Workforce

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:

  • Setting realistic, achievable goals
  • Determining how your skills will transfer to the corporate world.
  • Being able to clearly explain those applicable skills and experience to a non-military person.
  • Networking
  • Preparing an effective interview
  • Crafting a winning resume
  • Using social media to aid in your job search

Another valuable resource is Adecco’s Career Connections for Military Spouses and Veterans. Career Connections is a partnership between Adecco and military installations around the country to recruit and hire military spouses and veterans. The program features an initiative geared specifically to military families that includes recruiting from military job fairs and job boards, as well as directly from military bases. In addition to job placement, additional career services available through the program include:
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