When most corporate recruiters and hiring managers interview a veteran, they treat the process as if the candidate were just like everyone else. On one level, this is good, because it ensures equality of opportunity and compliance with both human resources law and common sense. Companies are losing out on the high value of quality veteran talent, however, when they do not take the proper veteran-specific steps to prepare, assess and follow up with military-experienced candidates. In every important way, veteran job candidates are like any other human, but unlocking their special and extraordinary capacity to contribute to a new organization requires effort and insight. One model for successful veteran interviewing is defined by the acronym PAF: Prepare, Assess and Follow up. This article examines the first step: Prepare. Understand why you are hiring veterans. During the Prepare phase, the interviewer reviews the organization's driving purpose in hiring veterans, checks his or her bias regarding veterans and seeks to understand the true success drivers for the position. Most interviewers skip the first step, but it is critical to understand the underlying motivations for the organization's veteran hiring initiative. Is there a sincere commitment to veteran abilities and experiences, or is there more of a political climate of insincere appearances? Some organizations feature a wide range of sometimes conflicting motivations, but the skilled interviewer will seek to understand the "why" and..
(San Diego, Calif.) September 29, 2016 – National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI), popularly known as REBOOT, a San Diego-based nonprofit founded in 2010 to help veterans with their reintegration back into civilian life, will be expanding to Los Angeles this winter. “We are delighted to partner with the California Employment Training Panel, veteran training providers, and local employers to align workforce development with local employer needs, making the best use of our collective resources to serve our transitioning military personnel and veterans,” reports Maurice Wilson, NVTSI’s co-founder, President and Executive Director. OPERATION REBOOT is an employer-driven initiative to prepare and train local transitioning military personnel and veterans for gainful employment in L.A.’s priority job sectors. It’s a 2-step process that is carefully orchestrated. First, by focusing on and resolving key reintegration issues veterans face, OPERATION REBOOT prepares them for success in the civilian world. As 1,500 graduates of the REBOOT Workshop™ can attest, moving from the battlefront to the home front is a life change, on top of a job change. Second, given that only 17 percent of military occupations translate directly into civilian jobs, veterans need specific job skills training to facilitate their successful transition. By partnering with employers, OPERATION REBOOT helps to align workforce training to bolster local economic development and employer needs. “Working in close partnership with community stakeholders,” says Maurice Wilson, “our objective is to..
Making the transition from military service to a civilian career is a defining point in one’s life. For veterans interested in pursuing a career in the financial services industry, the great news is that many skills developed in the military are transferrable and very much in demand. This segment of our economy manages $63 trillion dollars annually and is a viable employment option for veterans. While it is not for everyone, for those who posses the acumen and drive, this can be a very lucrative occupation. At this event you will hear from veterans and industry experts about the ins and outs of the business so that you can make the decision to see if it is the right fit for you. A moderator will oversee (4) panel members who will have 5-7 minutes to talk about their experiences regarding the current business climate/opportunities in the financial services industry, and what they are doing regarding Veterans (internships, hires, etc). There will be a Q&A session afterwards.
Female veterans are the fastest growing segment of the veteran population. Nearly 20% of all OEF/OIF veterans in San Diego County are women. Although technically excluded from serving in direct combat roles in the military, many women who have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been attached or assigned to combat units, thus were in the line of direct enemy fire. Female veterans share many of the same reintegration issues as their male counterparts. However, they face other challenges as well: [cs_quote column_size="1/1" quote_cite="Maurice Wilson" quote_cite_url="#" quote_text_color="#0066cc" quote_align="left"]Many female veterans are suffering from military sexual trauma (MST) in addition to PTSD. The prevalence of MST among female veterans ranges from 20to48% based on both VA data and the research literature. Amajority of military women–80%–also report being sexually harassed.[/cs_quote] Most female troops don’t report sexual abuse while in the military; it’s often revealed after they have separated and in a safe environment.