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Northern Virginia Technology Council launches veterans employment initiative

Herndon, VA – The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) has launched a veterans employment initiative to accelerate veterans’ transitions to civilian life by providing better employment opportunities in Virginia. The initiative will connect veterans to employment opportunities with Virginia’s technology companies.

Through this program, NVTC provides the necessary tools and resources to match veterans with jobs, internships, mentorships and certifications, and also supports member companies in their efforts to hire, train and retain qualified veteran employees. At the same time, NVTC is collaborating with state and federal policymakers to expedite legislative and regulatory action that enhances companies’ ability to hire and train veterans to work on any federal contract.

NVTC and Monster.com have built an online community and resource that facilitates the development, hiring and training of military veterans throughout the technology community. The website, www.nvtc.monster.com, includes a searchable database of jobs at NVTC member companies, a military skills translator for veterans to match their skills to jobs in the civilian environment, and educational resources and tools.

As of February, post-9/11 veterans faced an unemployment rate of more than 9 percent. The employment situation is more challenging for veterans less than twenty-five years of age; for that group, the 2012 unemployment rate was 20 percent.

These veterans, and the million more who will be leaving the military in coming years, have earned the right to have an easy transition back to civilian life, say NVTC organizers. They are a significant untapped reservoir of skilled human capital for American businesses as well.

In addition to the personal and professional qualities veterans bring to the workplace, hiring veterans can make a company eligible to earn specific tax credits.

Veterans have many skills and attributes that are valuable to private sector employers, including leadership and team-building skills; experience working in a mission-focused environment; strong work ethic and demonstrated initiative; ability to work in a team to reach a larger objective; military training, including training in many high-tech fields; quick thinking and willingness to take on challenges and strong technical skills that translate to the civilian environment.


Jobs Mission doubles goal for hiring military veterans, launches new website

New York, NY – Building on its early momentum, the 100,000 Jobs Mission has a new commitment: hire 100,000 more U.S. military veterans. In total, participating companies plan to hire 200,000 by 2020.

“There is no other group that deserves our support more than our veterans,” said Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, a founding member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission. “Three years ago, eleven companies launched the 100,000 Jobs Mission to create opportunities for veterans. We’ve hired more than 92,000 vets already and we’re not stopping now. Instead, we pledge to hire 100,000 more.”

Executives from the 100,000 Jobs Mission companies have talked with secretary of defense Chuck Hagel about how the public and private sectors can collaborate to help returning service members transition to and succeed in civilian jobs.

In November, the coalition unveiled veteranjobsmission.com. The site gives veterans a single portal to connect with more than 120 Jobs Mission member companies that are committed to hiring them.

The website incorporates best practices from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). It includes a link to the recently launched Veterans Talent Exchange (VTX) website, sponsored by AT&T, an employer-led web tool that facilitates the sharing and referral of veteran career profiles. Military and veteran job seekers and their spouses can join the VTX at vtx.jobs or access it through veteranjobsmission.com.

“With one million service members transitioning out of the military in the next few years, the Jobs Mission will play a critical role,” says Mike Haynie, executive director of IVMF. “We know the site will be essential in helping so many qualified men and women connect with companies committed to hiring them.”

The website will help veterans view profiles of the Jobs Mission companies to supplement their job search; opt in to the Veteran Talent Exchange, which shares veterans’ information with Mission employers; receive job announcements from Mission companies as well as tips and tools to optimize their job search through the Veteran Talent Exchange; and access tips and resources on how to compete effectively in today’s job market.

The Jobs Mission began in 2011 as a coalition of companies with a goal of hiring 100,000 veterans. The coalition has grown to over 120 companies that represent almost every industry in the American economy. Together, they had hired 92,869 veterans through the third quarter of 2013. For more info, visit veteranjobsmission.com.



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