2015 is shaping up to be a great year for employment opportunities, career changes and job seekers in general. Companies are hiring more than ever and this year you will see a big change in the way hiring managers approach job recruitment.
Each holiday season, thousands of employers ramp up their employee count for seasonal hiring.
The holidays bring lots of cheer but also a lot more work and for employers and potential employees, it’s good to know how to approach seasonal hiring.
Employers: post, network, and post some more. You can’t hire seasonal help, if people don’t know you’re hiring. Spread the word, post to job boards, and post to social media sites.
There’s plenty of reasons, Hiring a Veteran is a good idea, but Simply Hired recently did a post on 4 reasons to consider hiring veteran candidates, and we wanted to share those and some other valuable insight on why companies to consider hiring veterans.
The skills that veterans gain throughout the military experience are valuable assets to any company, and while more companies are still figuring this out, there’s still plenty of reasons to help companies understand the true value of veteran employees.
What are you doing to help our returning heroes transition to civilian jobs is a question that I often ask companies who say they want to be “veteran friendly”. There are many companies that are truly veteran friendly and reaching out to our veterans. How can a company help our veterans?
As a nation, we owe these returning heroes our gratitude, and one of the best ways we can show our appreciation for their sacrifices is by helping them finding meaningful and rewarding post-military employment. These are incredibly talented and resourceful young men and women, comfortable with hard work and assuming leadership roles.
Employers understand the skill sets and experience that veterans bring to their firm. The issue for them is to adapt those skills into a civilian company asset and an ongoing value added benefit to the firm. They must understand that veterans need help adjusting to the civilian environment and company culture. They bring skills and mental strength developed over years of dedication, training and service.
The veteran, on the other hand must learn how to adapt their skills, experience and military mindset to a civilian position. Their role in the new company comes with a company culture that is different than the military. They must understand that they need to apply their skills to programs that will identify their strengths in various skill sets and focus on them as well as developing their networking and communication skills to identify the best position for their skill sets.
Veterans Day, established June 4, 1926, is an official United States holiday, which honors people who have served in armed service, also known as veterans. A federal holiday observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other parts of the world and marked the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.)
A World War II veteran, Raymond Weeks, felt that the holiday should be expanded to include all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. Through his tireless efforts and the support of then General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the first National Veterans Day celebration took place in 1947, and officially became National Veterans Day in 1954, signed into law by President Dwight D, Eisenhower.
This is a day we remember all who have and do serve to support and defend our freedoms to allow us to live the lives we do. “All gave some and some gave all”, is more than a slogan for our veterans as it identifies a group who deserve our respect, admiration, prayers and thanks.
For over two centuries, America’s military has preserved the liberty fought for by our forefathers and their willingness to fight and die for it. From the battlefields of the Revolutionary War, Gettysburg, Concord, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and countless other named and unnamed battles, the American veteran has stood firm against those who deny basic freedom and human dignity to others
Remember too, the spouse, dependents and families who supported, suffered and oftentimes lost loved ones, spouses, fathers, children and friends in countless conflicts. They too, are veterans and deserve our highest gratitude and respect.
William Shakespeare in the play Henry V tells of King Henry rallying his troops before the battle of Agincourt with the words “Crispin Crispian shall ne’er we go by from this day till the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered. We few we happy, we band of brothers, for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother”.
All who have served and stood on the wall of freedom anywhere, are brothers and sisters and shall forever be my brother and sister.
Thank you veterans past and present for your service and sacrifice.
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A Security Clearance is a status for individuals that allows them access to classified information or restricted areas. The individuals must go through a very thorough background check before the Security Clearance can be granted. Individuals should not be granted Security Clearances merely because of their rank or station. They must be vetted through the background check process to insure that their access is required and secure. The Facility Security Officer will insure this process. He will also be the one to inform you that you are facing a Security Clearance suspension or revocation and what steps you can take to maintain it.
Your Security Clearance can be suspended or revoked at anytime. It is important that you understand the value of a current Security Clearance to a potential employer and how to maintain your Security Clearance status.
There are many reasons why a Security Clearance can be revoked. A criminal offense, for example, can trigger an incident report. You must report your offense to your Facility Security Officer who will notify the agency that granted the Security Clearance.
You may have the opportunity to respond to a suspension or revocation of your Security Clearance and should certainly do so in a timely and forthright manner.
Security Clearances are granted to individuals whose character and honesty are of the highest standards and you should make every effort to maintain those standards.
Adecco just published findings from their first ever global study on social recruiting, and things are changing.
Job seekers now have a whole new way to search for jobs. Social media has brought more opportunities and advanced career options to the playing filed, and it has become a valuable tool for not only job seekers, but recruiters as well.
Hiring a veteran makes so much sense. These professionals have all the qualified skills, training, education, and leadership but there is a disconnect with hiring managers.
According to armytimes.com, post 9/11 vet unemployment jumped to 9.2 percent, matching the highest monthly record this year. As a whole, there are over 600,000 veterans who are unemployed.The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the unemployment rate for the country was at 6.2 percent as the nation added over 200,000 jobs in July. What does that say about out vets? There’s a disconnect with HR managers and these professionals, and it goes both ways. HR managers don’t know how to recruit veterans while veterans transition into civilian life without being prepared for those companies.
This month we celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, a time when families throughout the country attend picnics, races, parades, political rallies and fireworks displays. Congress established Independence Day as a holiday in 1870. In 1938 Congress reaffirmed it as a holiday. I would encourage everyone to learn and understand the history of the Fourth of July and recognize that it is NOT just a holiday to kick off the summer. Knowledge of our history is what will keep the Fourth of July and the Constitution near and dear to the hearts of all Americans. If you have not done so recently, this weekend would be a good time to read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Then look at your politicians and see if they are adhering to our founding documents! Continue reading
Here’s quick snapshot of news around the industry!
Around the Staffing Industry:
- New sick leave laws in NY and NJ that require more tracking will likely result in a bigger headache for staffing firms. [Mondaq]
- With brand loyalty out the door, staffing firms will need to partner with marketing to make sure they continue to look good to future candidates and clients. [Staffing Industry]
- Despite a solid year in 2013, many staffing firms are being extra cautious this year due to uncertain signs for growth in 2014. [Benefits Pro]
- 2013 study shows that 40% of the U.S. workforce will be employed in temporary contract positions by 2020. [Florida Times Union]
Around the IT Industry:
- IT and Engineering industries are predicted to have strong growth in 2014. [PR Newswire] Continue reading