We spend a lot of time talking about connecting and explaining military experience and credentials in ways the civilian world understands. It’s our passion and vision at Purepost. It’s who we are and what we do best. But, it’s important not to miss the amazing rise of veteran awareness, outreach, and connectivity outside of the military community. People are listening. Companies are creating initiatives to hire and place qualified veterans. Communities are rallying together to support the veteran population across the board.
If you are uncertain as to where and how your service and skills are being valued and doubt the workforce is aware of your transition as a veteran into the civilian community, here are 3 ways we see it happening as we work with corporate America in placing veterans into civilian positions. Continue reading
We’ve Walked in Your Boots
Have you ever been to a Military resume builder or translation website and the system tells you that your Military position doesn’t transfer? We’ve seen it and we’ve experienced it. That feeling you had of “what do you mean?”, is understood and felt here at Purepost.
My father Tony Garcia, Sr. and I are Veterans. Tony experienced the Military transition challenge in 1993, when he retired as a LTC. I did later in 2007.
We got fed up with the current “bad solutions” and decided to make something that works for all Veterans and Service Members. Continue reading
When we first sat down with TransUnion, they explained three things upfront:
- They want to hire Veterans because they contribute to the bottom line; In other words, they value our talent
- They require experienced talent; Something we all have – Officers, NCOs, Junior Officers, and Junior Enlisted
- They also know what they’re looking for
Let’s look at point 3 – Here is what TransUnion is currently searching for in MOS/AOC speak: Continue reading
Your organization is seeking candidates that will positively impact operations, culture, and bottom line. The problem is, pressing demand for skilled talent has made hiring more difficult than ever. As the overall talent pool shrinks, especially for highly specialized skill sets, recruiters have to adapt to these challenges by sourcing outside the box.
When it comes to sourcing the best of the best, business leaders are increasingly understanding the value of hiring veterans. After all, many of the qualities hiring managers look for when sourcing talent — such as leadership, drive, problem-solving skills, and integrity — are evident in veteran candidates.
Here, we’ll offer tips on how recruiters can source top talent (which includes veteran talent!) more innovatively and effectively. Continue reading
As companies continually seek talent that contributes loyalty, passion, resilience, and commitment to the workforce, they look to veterans.
The values of the military align with many corporate goals, such as being customer-centric, providing a consultative approach, and focusing on collaboration and teamwork. It’s no wonder the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that by the year 2023, there will be more than 3.5 million veterans in the civilian job market.
As companies like yours implement veteran hiring initiatives, it’s crucial that you understand how to optimize your efforts in order to ensure success. This means keeping the cost to hire as low as possible, recruiting top talent, improving retention, and increasing your ROI.
In order to quickly and cost-efficiently fill your veteran initiative with the most qualified candidates that will increase ROI, where do you start? The following tips will help you implement a successful veteran hiring initiative that attracts top talent. Continue reading
Whether you are crossing off the days on the calendar or wringing your hands in anticipation of the new adventures ahead, the active duty to civilian career transition process can be long and stressful.
As most spouses know, there is really very little official work that can be done on behalf of the soldier in helping them navigate, prepare, finalize the paperwork, attend workshops, and take phone calls on the Army side of the house.
So, what can Military Spouses do?
You’ve been by your soldier’s side through it all. You’ve endured and outlasted the many odds against you and you are ready to be just as involved in this military transition process as everything else. But how?
Here are a few ideas to get you started: Continue reading
As a member of the U.S. Military, there is a PCS pattern that occurs around the May to August timeframe. In some cases, you could be transitioning out of the Army during these peak times.
Starting your career exploration before your last day in the Army is vital to landing a job at the right time. Depending on the industry you choose to enter, certain times of year might not be the best hiring season for a company. As you review these dates, start planning ahead – it’s never too early to apply for a job. Continue reading
How do Veterans fit into a Civilian Recruiting Funnel?
Veterans are no strangers to strategy, models, organizational structures, and formal processes focused on goals or outcomes. Whether this brings any comfort or not, the civilian world does function very similarly in that capacity, especially in the job selection and recruiting arenas.
(The Army actually utilizes a version of a recruiting funnel for its own recruiting and selection process too.)
So what is a recruiting funnel? Continue reading
Do you know where you fit in, in the labor force?
The labor force is no longer divided into the white-collar and blue-collar workers. It’s actually broken up into three categories:
High-Skilled: a college degree or higher
Middle-Skilled: associates degree or some college courses
Low-Line: high school diploma or GED
When you look closely at U.S. jobs and workers, we’re actually over capacity with high-skilled and low-skilled workers. In other words, there are not enough jobs to fill the demand for workers in the two categories. However, the opposite holds true for middle-skilled workers. As a nation, we don’t have enough workers to fill the demand for middle-skilled jobs. Continue reading
There is an art in being able to explain yourself. Telling your story in a way that makes it compelling to an employer or interviewer is a skill to be mastered. Explaining your personal contribution and relevance to others doesn’t necessarily involve comprising your background and content but it does involve some self-awareness and delivery.
How can you effectively talk and communicate your way through an interview process? Melissa Marshall has some great tips… gone are the days of death by PowerPoint. Continue reading