Discover simple ways to make your job descriptions veteran friendly.
Job descriptions can be a barrier for service members to apply for jobs they are actually well qualified for. Help break down this barrier by writing a job description that speaks in their communication style and reflects their values and priorities.
The job summary is the first impression a veteran will get of your company and the open position. A great job summary will help a veteran feel like his service and experience is relevant and that he or she is qualified for and capable of performing the job.
Key phrases and words can make all the difference in sparking an interest in a veteran, transitioning service member, member of the guard or reserve or military spouses and to get them to apply for the position. Read this blog to find some great examples you can use.
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Veterans come out of the military with top-notch training, experience and job skills that they can bring to your company. Learn how your business can directly benefit from programs that further hone these skills, and how it can onboard qualified veterans by helping them gain civilian certifications. This takes a dedicated effort, but the dividends can be huge.
There are steps your business can take to help veterans and transitioning service members attain their needed credentials. These steps also serve as effective ways to help onboard the skilled workers your company is searching for.
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We’ve created a checklist for you based on the articles in the Prepare category. Follow this plan to take action and start preparing for veterans and military spouses.
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See how other companies have paved the way for your business to start recruiting and hiring veterans.
Irving, TX-based La Quinta Inns & Suites says: Be ready to hire! If possible, conduct interviews at the hiring fairs. Contact the organizer of the event ahead of time to see if there will be an area you can use for interviews. This will allow you to have a personal conversation about the candidate’s experience and interests. Then you can tell them about your organization and why you value service members and their families. Ideally, have veteran and/or military spouse employees attend the fair to participate in the recruiting efforts.
Pam Webster, assistant vice president of talent acquisition at Enterprise Holdings, headquartered in St. Louis, MO, recommends that when you get a resume or application with military experience that you don’t understand, call the candidate to better figure out what their role was and what their accomplishments were. You may have to spend more time to assess whether the experience is a fit for what you’re hiring for, but it will be worth the investment for both you and the candidate.
Derek Blake of Irving, TX-based La Quinta Inns and Suites says the company recognizes its veteran, Guard, Reserve and military spouse employees with a special “thank you for your service” pin they wear on their uniforms. Each pin is unique to their military status. Recognition is important, and these employees truly appreciate the acknowledgment of their service. The hotel chain also provides “Gold” loyalty program status to veterans through its Military Rewards program. Jason Naper, a La Quinta general manager and Navy veteran, says, “The way La Quinta takes care of our veterans and active duty military is overwhelming—this drives my passion into high gear and makes me extremely energized to wake up and go to work every morning.”
Veterans and transitioning service members have more resources available to them in their job search than ever before. Human resources departments and recruiters play a critical role when companies make veteran hiring a priority. An inspired and educated HR and recruitment team can make all the difference in the hiring process for both veterans and employers.