Today 30 veterans and transitioning military attended a PMP Employers Panel hosted by NVTSI and our partner HIREGI.
The three companies in attendance were; Booze Allen Hamilton, County of San Diego and Lockheed Martin. Project Managers are in Demand. And in our project-driven world, more organizations are recognizing the value of having a skilled workforce to deliver successful projects and business outcomes.
Some of these same organizations also acknowledge hiring military veterans with project management expertise as an essential strategy for maintaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
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..