As employers in business, non-profits and public organizations, you have a unique call of duty to ensure veterans returning from service find employment in the civilian workforce. Many employers lack the associated methods for seeking out veterans and encouraging them to apply for employment opportunities. In 2008, CareerBuilder.com found that only 20 percent of employers planned to actively recruit veterans in the coming year.
The Call of Duty Endowment’s mission is to educate and encourage employers to actively search out and hire more veterans. If your organization hasn’t actively sought veterans, you are not alone. According to the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM), 88 Percent of HR professionals said their organizations had not made a specific attempt to hire Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
Most human resources professionals welcome assistance to identify and make outreach to qualified veterans. In the same Society for Human Resources Management 2008 survey, SHRM found 81 percent of HR professionals would welcome assistance identifying and reaching out to qualified veterans.
Many employers haven’t been exposed to veterans and their abundance of skills. Susan Pareigis of The U.S. Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment says veterans’ skills are particularly valuable in the civilian workforce:
“‘In today’s volatile economy, the combination of problem-solving skills and adaptability makes vets particularly valuable,’ says Susan Pareigis, CEO of the Florida Council of 100 and chair of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach. Their leadership skills allow them to ramp up quickly, and they are also accustomed to taking on additional responsibilities when necessary.”
The Call of Duty Endowment encourages all of America’s employers to learn more about the value that veterans can bring to your organization and use the resources provided within this site to reward them with opportunities of employment.