Employers, hiring managers and recruiters, take note: U.S. military veterans are among the most talented, capable workforce pool. Experts and business leaders discuss how to recruit, train and engage veterans—and why doing so is not just about doing what’s right, it’s about having the best of the best as part of your workforce.
PART 1 – Research Dr. Ken Matos, Senior Director of Research at Families and Work Institute, provides an overview of the transition from military to civilian life.
PART 2 – Company Perspective Maureen Casey oversees JPMorgan Chase’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, which drives, among other initiatives, the 100,000 Jobs Mission. She shares how they recruit, train and advance veterans, and why it is imperative to their business.
PART 3 – Veteran Re-integration Kimberly Mitchell served in the U.S. Navy for 17 years. Now as President and Co-Founder of Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services she helps transitioning veterans and their families. She discusses how employers and veterans can create smooth transitions.
» Videos Get Inspired
What Military Members and Families Bring to the Workforce (video)
A powerful talk by Admiral Michael Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife Deborah Mullen on the challenges and opportunities faced by transitioning veterans and their families.
Rethink Vet Relationships at Work (video)
Todd Nelson, a wounded veteran who fought in Afghanistan and is now talent advisor for USAA, calls for employees and employers to create deep relationships with vets at work.
Veterans Bring Vital Skills for Success in the Workplace (video)
The skills veterans learn while serving in the military can be a vital asset to the civilian workforce. Senior business leaders from JPMorgan Chase discus the value of vets in the workplace.
» Promising Practices Recruiting & Onboarding | Inclusion & Retention | Work-Life Assistance | Accountability
Bon Secours Virginia Health System (pdf) … The “Workplace Warriors” program provides resources for managers, and coaching and counseling resources for the new military employee and the employee’s family…
JPMorgan Chase (pdf) … “Body Armor to Business Suits” training helps veterans learn about corporate culture. In 2013, the firm launched “Pathfinder,” a program that pairs new employee veterans with seasoned mentors who can help guide them in their new careers…
USAA (pdf) …A robust internal network for veterans and military spouses called VetNET™ lets members connect and share ideas, issues and advice; the network is also tapped by the business as a way to increase the visibility of USAA externally…
» Families and Work Institute Resources Recognition | Reports | Tools
Employer Support for the Military Community (pdf) Updated May, 2013
A review of a variety of ways that employers can and do support veterans and military families.
Veteran Employee Network: Resource Kit – Tools and resources for Veteran Employee Networks to help your company recruit, train and engage U.S. military veterans.
VET Spotlight – This special award from FWI recognizes employers for the ways they support veterans and their families making the transition to the civilian workforce. Save the date: Applications for the VET Spotlight (formerly the VET Award) open August 17, 2015 at www.whenworkworks.org.
Military Lactation Toolkit Breastfeeding assistance for active-duty servicewomen
» From the FWI Blog
Let’s All #RethinkVets October 3, 2014
Don’t Pity Veterans. Hire them! June 10, 2014
Apprenticeships smooth veteran work transition May 8, 2013
Vets should be proud of military service January 16, 2013
Veteran disabilities don’t have to be workplace problem October 23, 2012
Want to Hire Vets? Walk in their shoes. September 18, 2012
100,000 Jobs Mission
The 100,000 Jobs Mission is dedicated to helping 100,000 transitioning service members find work with leading U.S. companies by 2020. Join the 100,000 Jobs Mission to gain access to military-trained jobseekers.
Resources to help employers hire and retain employees with disabilities, including this page on veterans with disabilities. The Employer Reference Desk offers a FAQ about hiring and accommodating veterans with service-related disabilities.