In addition to the Veterans Working Group materials that are available, the following is a list of external resources to assist in veteran employment efforts.
- The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) recently released a report, Onward and Upward: Understanding Veteran Retention and Performance in the Workforce. The report provides important insights into the transition of veterans into the civilian workforce, as well as their longer-term career trajectories.
- USC recently released the official findings from a study of more than 1,350 veterans living in Los Angeles County. The report includes granular details on the issues that veterans are having pertaining to race, gender, age, and socioeconomic status. The State of the American Veteran found that many service members leave the military unprepared for the transition home and have a range of needs that cannot be easily provided by a single organization.
USC also released a report, conducted in partnership with Loyola University Chicago, on nearly 1,300 Chicagoland veterans that details the needs and challenges these veterans face as they make this transition.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others have created a Veterans Hiring Guide, which provides a central location for a comprehensive list of veteran hiring resources and business incentives. The goal of the guide is to ensure that employers are aware of the various programs and services available to find, hire, train, and employ America’s most valued and skilled work-ready veterans. As the guide highlights, there are a number of programs in existence to help employers connect with top veteran talent. Federal agencies are working together every day to make it easy to leverage the various tools and incentives available.
The guide was developed with the coordination and collaboration of the following organizations: The Department of Veterans Affairs, The Department of Labor, The Department of Defense, The Department of Education, The White House (Domestic Policy Council, Office of Management and Budget - Performance Improvement Council, and Joining Forces), and the U.S Chamber of Commerce.
- America's Heroes at Work — Veterans Hiring Toolkit
Interested in developing or enhancing a Veterans hiring initiative for your company but don't know where to begin? This Toolkit can help.
It is designed to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include transitioning Service Members, Veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives.
The U.S. Department of Labor recognizes that employers can sometimes find it difficult to navigate the plethora of Veterans hiring resources available to them. So, this Toolkit was developed to simplify the process and put valuable resources at your fingertips. It serves to pinpoint helpful tools and outline some important steps to take when designing a Veterans hiring initiative that works for your particular business.
Recognizing that each employer is unique, this guide allows you to select from promising practices and other resources that employers are using to successfully welcome talented and skilled Veterans into their companies. Whether you are looking to create a plan from scratch or retool existing efforts, we encourage you to reference this guide and design an initiative that works for you.
- The Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium is a group of Illinois employers who recognize the great value veterans bring to the workplace and operationalize the term "veteran-friendly" by committing to implement best practices in veteran recruitment, training and retention: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/Pages/Illinois_Hires_Heroes.aspx
- Hiring Our Heroes is a program of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation that was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 610 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia and is engaged in a number of other veteran employment initiatives: http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes
- Hiring Our Heroes, Toyota, and Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer have created a Personal Branding Resume Engine. This next generation online tool is designed specifically for veterans and transitioning service members. Much more than a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) translator, the Resume Engine captures the totality of a veteran's military experience - including awards, deployments, and military schooling - and helps put them into civilian terms: https://resumeengine.org/
- Institute for Veterans and Military Families of Syracuse University (IVMF) provides resources and support services to veterans and their families to identify and pursue employment opportunities, leveraging skills and experiences gained in military service and new skills and knowledge gained post-service: http://vets.syr.edu/employment/
- IVMF web-based toolkit of veteran employment leading practices: http://toolkit.vets.syr.edu/
- The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is working to help employers recruit and retain current and former members of the military: http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/staffingmanagement/articles/pages/military.aspx
- IllionoisJobLink: https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov/ada/
Paid databases and other
- RecruitMilitary: http://recruitmilitary.com/
- Military.com|Monster Veteran Employment Center: http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs
- MBA Veterans: http://mbaveterans.com/
- Service Academy Career Conference: http://sacc-jobfair.com/
- ClearedConnections (for security cleared professionals): https://www.clearedconnections.com/EmployerX/
- CareerOneStop Business Center - sponsored by the US Department of Labor - provides a skills translator that identifies relevant military experience by matching civilian job opening to military careers that use similar skills: http://www.careeronestop.org/businesscenter/civilian-to-military/civilian-to-military-translator.aspx
- The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and the Bob Woodruff Foundation have created a video series on employing veterans with disabilities. The videos are designed to be useful to those engaged with employment issues who need guidance on corporate culture, available accommodation strategies and equipment, and connections to experts. http://vets.syr.edu/institute-for-veterans-and-military-families-at-syracuse-university-and-bob-woodruff-foundation-launch-high-impact-collaboration-video-series-on-employing-veterans-with-disabilities/
- Job Accommodation Network provides free one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodation and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): http://askjan.org
- Think Beyond the Label delivers information, outreach and resources to businesses, job seekers and the public workforce system to ensure greater recruiting and hiring opportunities for job candidates with disabilities: http://www.thinkbeyondthelabel.com/
- America's Heroes at Work - a US Department of Labor project - address the employment challenges of returning service members and veterans living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): http://www.americasheroesatwork.gov/
Finding Job-Seekers with Disabilities
- Illinois workNet (Illinois Department of Employment Security): https://www.illinoisworknet.com/disabilityworks/Resources/Pages/Videos.aspx
- Integrating our award-winning, evidence-based practices and strategic partnerships, the Veterans Project at Thresholds, a mental health agency, provides veterans with disabilities a wide range of services, including supported employment and education, peer-driven supports, and integrated physical and mental health services. Thresholds employment services provide pre-screened candidates that match a company's labor needs at no cost, job retention services for both employer and employee, and connection to tax credits: Contact E-Shawn.Spencer@thresholds.org, Supported Employment Program Director, for more information.