Many employers want to hire veterans and some, mainly federal contractors, are required to meet an annual OFCCP benchmark of 7 percent for protected veterans.
While their intentions are good, many don't know how to go about hiring veterans.
To address this, STAR Chicago, (The Society of Talent Acquisition and Recruitment), recently hosted a panel discussion moderated by Carl Kutsmode of TalentRISE.
Panelists were Erica Jeffries, director of the Iillinois Department of Veteran Affairs; Gordon Paisley, talent committee chair, United Airlines; Christine Hendrickson, senior counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; and Len Harris, director of veterans programs at National Able Network.
More than 50 people attended.
The main suggestions for hiring veterans included hiring for the right reasons, not quotas or public relations; having senior level leadership buy-in; establishing educational programs and the active involvement of hiring managers; making hiring managers accountable; communicating rationale for any veteran hiring programs; dedicating resources; rewriting "must have" job requirements that might discourage veterans from applying; aligning job openings with veterans' interests; and approaching veteran hiring initiatives as a priority.
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