The Evansville-Area Human Resource Association (EHRA) partnered with the Indiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to provide the "Seamless Transition" program to assist military personnel with a seamless transition into the civilian workforce. In 2009, EHRA provided career counseling services, offering assistance to 500 immobilized military personnel with identifying transferable skills, developing résumés and interview preparation. EHRA's career counseling initiatives have proven invaluable to military personnel, many of whom have never prepared a résumé or interviewed for civilian employment. EHRA connected these highly skilled and dedicated prospective employees to local employers through the Army's Employer Partnership Initiative and Indiana Guard's job posting websites. Through these partnerships EHRA member employers have been asked to identify the certifications employers demand, resulting in the military offering certification opportunities to military personnel to facilitate their future transition to civilian employment. The ESGR believes so strongly in the benefits of the "Seamless Transition" program that all immobilized military personnel are required to participate. The ESGR and Army's Employer Partnership Initiative describe their partnership with EHRA as the "model to be adopted in other states" because they could not provide a full range of employment services without support from local HR professionals.
The Evansville-Area Human Resource Association won a 2009 Pinnacle Award for this initiative.
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Read more about this initiative in SHRM Online.