The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has been engaged in veteran employment for a number of years, but just now took a deep dive in a way that will truly benefit thousands of employers and hundreds of thousands of transitioning service members and veterans. Because they are such a trusted resource to their 350,000 members, and because so many of SHRM’s members have turned to them in trying to find qualified veterans, SHRM has now launched its HIREVETS page in the world’s largest HR store. SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. wrote the foreword to my recent book about veteran employment and highlighted there that, “Tapping the talent of these uniquely prepared individuals enhances every workplace culture, and HR can – and should – lead these efforts.” Here are three reasons why this is such a big deal:
- SHRM has incredible, unparalleled reach. Certainly, there are a number of coalitions that have rallied together around the common cause of veteran and military spouse employment, but these are typically made up of large corporations that realistically include only a small fraction of the employers in America. Because each of SHRM’s 350,000 members are HR professionals working across all industries and sizes of companies, their HIREVETS program will be recognized and utilized by thousands of employers.
- SHRM has partnered with JobPath, the most robust veteran employment platform in America. While many companies want to hire veterans and military spouses, the most common question is, “Where do I find them?” JobPath has almost 200,000 candidates in its database actively looking for new opportunities, and brings 24,000 veterans and spouses to its site every single month. Just like when two delicious ingredients, chocolate, and peanut butter, came together to form an incredible combination, here too will the new platform be greater than the sum of its individual parts.
- HR professionals will also have access to free educational tools to make their jobs easier. HR professionals are very busy people, and many do not have military backgrounds. Therefore, their learning curve relative to hiring veterans is a steep one, and often overwhelming. These complimentary tools educate them on the various military occupation specialties related to their open positions, and will even be customized to particular industries. HR professionals will quickly learn as they perform job searches, ultimately making more educated hiring decisions and positively affecting retention rates.
We are in an extremely tight labor market right now, and veterans are uniquely qualified to fill many of the open positions across our country and across virtually every industry. In addition, relying on hiring fairs is an outdated model that nobody really enjoys – it is an intimidating environment with very little chance that the right veteran will connect with the right company. But through the new SHRM portal, based on proven technology and a deep pool of candidates, recruiters and hiring managers will be able to make the right decisions from the comfort of their own offices.