Investing in Vets
But one of the most helpful parts of the site is the Military Skills Translator. “One thing we hear from our members and from recruiters is that they’ll get a military veteran résumé and they don’t understand a word on it,” Gilmore said. What the Translator does is let applicants enter all their military occupation codes—and the tool will translate those codes into layman’s language: “Someone who’s been in the military would understand those codes. But for a civilian recruiter who doesn’t have the background, it’s quite challenging, and a lot of times, if a recruiter doesn’t understand a résumé, they’re not going to take the time to look at it. It gives the veterans language to use to talk about what they did in the military in words a civilian recruiter will understand. It literally takes blurbs and tweaks them and puts them into a résumé. Or the veterans can use the terms when they get into an interview setting. It helps them to frame their experience.”
How Jobs Can Be Posted
Gilmore detailed the various ways a CEA member’s job postings can be featured on the USTechVets.org site:
• If a CEA member company, for example, already has jobs listed on Monster.com’s overall site, those can be identified, duplicated and pulled over to the USTechVets.org site, where they will have even broader reach.
• A CEA member company can acquire a log-in password and post jobs directly, by using a simple tool or by just uploading a document.
• If a CEA member company has jobs posted somewhere else—for example, on an internal job postings board on their own website, they can submit a request to Monster.com and have those pulled over, on a per-request basis.
All organizations involved are working to build a solid database of posted jobs before aggressively promoting the site to the veterans community and its various organizations.
“We’re happy to be leading this with Gary and CEA,” Gilmore said. “There’s a huge need for it, and it’s a great fit for the employer and technology communities, who are always looking for skilled, talented employees to grow. But because it’s an ‘opt-in,’ employers have to use the service to find it valuable, and participating associations need to have members actively interested and engaged in working with the site. I think that’s coming in the next few months.”
Savage encourages CEA members to get in touch to learn how to ‘opt in.’ She is reachable at email@example.com, or at 703-907-7055.
“As a member benefit, CEA is excited to participate in this program. We realize that hiring qualified and talented employees is important to all our member companies, and we feel that returning veterans often fit that bill. Being able to offer this service for free benefits everybody.” n