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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.
The fourth paper in this series explores key factors that contribute to military family financial readiness—prior to transition—so that service members may exercise control over their finances and optimize their choices at transition to optimize their financial opportunities and minimize the risk of financial hardship. The goal for any service member is to maximize their range of options in transition by capitalizing on their unique assets (education benefits, intangible leadership skills, etc.) and limiting potential liabilities (limited professional network, advanced education or training) through sound financial preparation.
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- Veterans and spouses have their own social network, and civilian employers are welcomed.
- Find qualified veteran candidates through LinkedIn.
- Connect in a more personal way with Facebook and Twitter.
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- Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Capital One’s mission to hire 500,000 heroes.
- Fill out a short pledge form, receive your Web sticker and display your support.
- It’s not just the right thing to do—it’s the smart thing.
The third paper in this series addresses the complex and interrelated relationship between veteran job preferences, skills-matching, performance, and positive career outcomes such as retention and earnings. The research provides a deeper analysis of veterans’ employment experiences post-separation, specifically the long term benefits of aligning military-conferred skills with career goals and expectations.
We’ve created a checklist for you based on the articles in the Empower category. Follow this plan to take action and start preparing for veterans and military spouses.
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- Create a sense of belonging—let veterans know you’re “in the trenches” with them.
- Building relationships is the first step to building a supportive corporate culture.
- Reach out to community organizations to further support your veteran employees.