“Made in America” by Toby Keith is one of the newest anthems for our armed forces. In this song he talks about how his father would pay extra for things made in the USA by people in the USA like our veterans. In this post we are going to discuss the research and some sourcing techniques for finding veterans.
First military/Veteran search terms such as:
1). Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, etc..
2). Organizations such as Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV) etc. The link below will take you to a list of veteran and military organizations.
3). Other words or Acronyms: Veteran, Military, USMC, USArmy, USAF, USCG, USN, Vet, Former, Retired, prior etc. See link below for a list of Military Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations.
4). Clearances are a huge and there are many types: Secret, Top secret, and more. Most veterans will have or had a clearance. For a list of clearances see link below.
5). Obviously knowing the MOC and actual title used in the military that you are search for helps. So the link below takes you to the best of the MOC finders.
6). Researching government agencies can also help as many veterans may have worked for government agencies. The link below will help identify most agencies.
7). Also there are a lot of companies that support government agencies (meaning companies providing talent and services to federal agencies), below is a link to a list of most of them.
Now with all the research done you are ready to put together a search string. Below is a simple string that will find veterans who have Java, are ex Army and have a Top Secret clearance.
Inurl:resume (Java OR J2EE) AND (Army OR USARMY) AND (“Top Secret” OR TS)
Keep in mind you can substitute subject and title for url and substitute bio, CV, or “curriculum vitae” for resume. Also you can use the pipe “|” instead of OR in Google, and you do not need to use “AND” in Google. In addition you can use terms like –job –jobs –apply -example to remove possible job ads. You can also use the Tilda (~) instead of inurl: in google to save time.
***** Remember to do your research first*****
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“God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood has long been the anthem for are armed forces and for Veterans. Over the years many other songs have come out reminding us to give thanks to those who risk their lives so we can live free. Over the next several blog posting I will go over why you should hire Military/Veterans, Understanding Military/Veterans, Research/Sourcing Military/Veterans and Lastly Sites for finding Military/Veterans.
First why you should hire Military/Veterans:
1). You can get between 2400-4800 in Tax Credits for hiring a Military/Veteran.
The link will take you to the US Dept of Labor, specifically were the WOTC (Work Opportunity Tax Credit) page is and explains further about the credit for hiring a veteran as well as other guidelines. http://www.doleta.gov/business/incentives/opptax/eligible.cfm
2). Over 200,000 service members leave the military every year.
30. Over 80% of military jobs have a civilian counterpart, meaning of the 200,000 getting out, over 160,000 will come out with skills and experience directly relevant to civilian jobs all you have to do is find and hire them.
3). Military/Veterans live by a code of Ethics, they are proven learners, they are proven to be able to work in teams, they are loyal, committed and some much more.
4). Special guideline for Military/Veterans in the USSERA - Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
The link goes to the US Dept of Labor page referencing USERRA and explains about USERRA, employer and Vet Rights on USERRA and much more. There is a USERRA Advisor which is a program designed to help employers and employees understand their right under USERRA. http://www.dol.gov/elaws/userra.htm
5). Government sponsored education benefits, allowing a military/veteran to get additional education/training. The link provided take you to the GI Bill page. This page explains the education benefits available to Veterans. These benefits can also be used to make a veteran employable, meaning if a company needs an employee who is a veteran to get training this program can help pay for it. In the case were the GI bill is not an option Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and employment program can provide the same education benefits. http://gibill.va.gov/ And http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/
In order to recruit/hire a Military/Veteran you need to understand Military/Veteran. What I mean by understand them is understand the terminology, and understand the jobs they had.
First in thinking about the military you need to remember, the military is not just the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy. The military also includes the Reserves, National Guard and Coast Guard. http://www.todaysmilitary.com/service-branches
Within the military there are 3 levels of military personnel:
Every person in the military has an MOC (Military Occupational Classification), basically their job. AS I stated earlier 80% of those have a civilian counterpart. The link here will allow you to take a military persons MOC and see what it means, and what the civilian counterpart is. http://www.careerinfonet.org/moc/default.aspx?audience=WP
When talking with military personnel you will hear about a DD214, this form describes a veterans type of discharge, some of their awards as well as some of the training they have taken and more. Every veteran leaving service gets one.
Another document you will hear about is PQR (PERSONNEL QUALIFICATION RECORD), this is a listing of all their training, awards, places they have serves, ranks and much more.
Lastly you will hear about an ACE transcript, this is a document done by the American Council on Education, and will list all the training a military person has gotten, both civilian and military while on active duty and show what that training would be worth towards a degree.
I know that’s a lot and trust me there is a lot more, but this gives you good foundation about why you should hire a veteran and how to understand them.
Military Staffing Series on Why hire Military/Veterans and How to understand them!!
“American Soldier” by Toby Keith is a song about the life of a soldier in the military, why we do it, and why it must be done. I have long been an advocate for hiring Veterans.
For those of you who follow me you may have seen my past posts on the subject or my labs at Sourcecons on Vet hiring, and you may have seen or been at my webinar on Recruiting blogs on Vet hiring. Were thankful this great cause has gotten even more attention as one of the greatest sourcers, and recruiters ever, Glen Cathey “the Boolean Black Belt” has recently put out a blog about “How to Find Military Veterans for sourcing & Recruiting”.
Having someone the stature of Glen Cathey means the message is getting out, and hopefully soon everyone will understand how and why we should be looking to hire our Military Vets.
This post is the preamble to a 3 part series I am doing. Which will take all the information I put in the webinar, and at the sourcecon labs and put it and more out there for all to use. Most of what I do is to provide the research you need to find Vets. As you all know research comes first in sourcing and I will be providing a top of it.
You will get words to use, boards, programs, and a true understanding of the Military Vets, ranks, MOCs and much more.
Helping people connect with their Destiny”