Getting 1,000,000 Veterans Back To Work
According to White House estimates, over 1 Million US Veterans will be entering the workforce in the next five years. These brave men and women committed themselves to serving our country; the best way we can support them is by offering opportunities when they return.
Companies like GE, Amazon and Google already have military-focused hiring programs in place to specifically support US Veterans but we need more companies to take notice.
Think your workplace could benefit from an influx of self-starters, team players, and individuals who get the job done? We’ve laid out the benefits to hiring military veterans and provide steps to take action.
Build leadership into your culture
GE currently employs over 10,000 military veterans and Amazon has a dedicated military talent program. Fortune 100 companies are already tapping into the talent of military officers to build out their leadership teams but it’s not just limited to the big players. Medium companies like Digital Lumens and over 200 Joining Forces companies have made it a priority to tap into highly skilled US veteran population.
Create a pipeline for new talent
Top talent is a key driver to the profitability and growth of any company. The best way to stay competitive is to create a plan to consistently attract high performers. If you find the type of military specialties that best match the jobs at your company, you can target candidates who come out with those qualifications. You can tap military networks or organizations to focus hiring on that specific subset for years to come.
Double benefits to your bottom line
When you hire a US veteran, not only will you benefit from their leadership, your organization may also qualify for government tax credits. Through the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and the WOTC, companies can claim up to $9,600 in federal tax credits for hiring US veterans, depending on their status. Learn more online or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what you need to qualify.
Reach more qualified candidates
Posting your new job opening on the web? Consider sharing it with military-specific organizations like IAVA and the Wounded Warriors Project. They share your opportunities with their communities if they think it would be a good fit. If you’re looking for sales or management positions, Orion International will work with you to find the best military candidates. If you are a New York company looking to fill positions in web development, join the Incline hiring partner program.
Employers: Stand Up
General Electric understands the benefits of hiring military veterans and has a rotational leadership program in place to support them. Could your workplace benefit from leaders and self-starters? Have you considered posting your positions on a military job board? Does your workplace setup military candidates for success? We can help. Email us at email@example.com to learn more.
Veterans and Civilians: Speak Up
Join us in thanking US Veterans for their service by sharing opportunities to help them get back to work. Encourage veterans and supporters to sign up for our monthly newsletter as a resource to learn about new opportunities. Reblog this, tweet or share it on Facebook.
NYC: Show Up
To help welcome new and existing military veterans into the NYC community, we’ve created the Military Veterans in Tech Meetup. Join us if you work in technology, are a military veteran, or are interested in helping out. This is where we’ll be posting updates about our upcoming demo night in partnership with NYTM and upcoming hackathons.
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