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SHRM, Easter Seals Partner to Boost Veteran Employment
A free, all day Workforce Strategies Conference on Sept. 17 in San Diego is an example of the type of initiative that the partnership will encompass.

By SHRM Online staff  8/25/2014
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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services are partnering to provide hiring managers and HR professionals nationwide with resources to recruit and hire U.S. veterans.

Through the partnership’s initiatives, HR managers and hiring supervisors will:

*Receive training to better understand military resumes and to recognize when the skills and education gained during military service meet civilian job requirements.
*Learn how to set up mentoring programs and flexible scheduling for veterans.
*Be introduced to networking and referral organizations with a strong reach in the veteran community.

The partnership “has the potential to dramatically change the employment picture for veterans,” said J. Robert “Bob” Carr, SHRM’s senior vice president of membership, marketing and external affairs.

“We serve hundreds of thousands of HR professionals who are eager to fill their skill needs from the veteran talent pool. By linking HR professionals with veterans and veteran-serving organizations at the community level, we can more successfully connect veterans with jobs,” he said in a news release.

“The partnership will focus its efforts at the community level, working with SHRM state councils and chapters and the local Easter Seals network to accomplish the goal of employers hiring more veterans,” said Mike Aitken, SHRM’s vice president of government affairs.

“We need to do our part,” said retired Col. David Sutherland, U.S. Army, in a news release announcing the partnership, “to explain to HR leaders that veterans possess the skills to help organizations thrive.” Sutherland is co-founder and chair of the Center for Military and Veterans Community Services at the Easter Seals Dixon Center.

In launching the effort, SHRM and the Easter Seals Dixon Center are focusing on Southern California—the geographic area with the highest concentration of unemployed veterans in the United States—and working with the California State Council of SHRM (CalSHRM) and the San Diego SHRM Chapter (SD SHRM), Aitken explained.

SD SHRM will offer a free, all-day Workforce Strategies Conference on Sept. 17, 2014, at the San Diego Hilton in Mission Valley to link employers and job-seeking veterans in that area, and to provide coaching in resume and interview skills, Aitken said.

The conference is an example of the types of initiatives that the SHRM/Easter Seals Dixon Center partnership will encompass, Aitken noted. Also contributing to the conference are the Veterans Association of North County and Father Joe’s Villages, Southern California’s largest residential homeless services provider.

SHRM’s past efforts at increasing veteran employment have included:

*Partnering with the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
*Collaborating with the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service to educate employers about resources that can connect them with veterans.
*Participating in the White House’s Joining Forces initiative to support military families and educate employers on effective recruitment and retention of military spouses.
*Holding a daylong veterans’ employment event at the 2011 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.


Related Articles:

SHRM Toolkit: Make Hiring Practices ‘Military Ready,’ SHRM Disciplines, Staffing Management, April 2012

SHRM CEO Advocates for Veteran Hiring on Capitol Hill, HR News, June 2011


Related Resources:

Military Employment Resource Page, SHRM
Support from Behind the Lines: 10 Steps to Becoming a Military-Ready Employer, SHRM Toolkit
SHRM Support of Veterans, Guard, Reservists and Military Families, SHRM Volunteer Resources



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