Introducing Rachael McDermott, a career coach at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  She volunteers through Hope For The Warriors® and will be hosting a webinar next Tuesday titled Navigating LinkedIn.
Today she highlights ways to find companies that are hiring veterans.
 
Many
companies have committed to hiring veterans – at least they say they
will.  I’m sure effectiveness of these programs varies but veterans could
take advantage of this goodwill by seriously considering these companies as
potential employers.  How can you find these companies?

Military.com
has a Veteran Jobs section with a listing of military friendly employers.

GI Jobs Magazine
features a listing of top 100 military friendly companies.

Check out the
100,000 Jobs
Mission
, a coalition of top employers committed to hiring 100,000 veterans
by 2020.

Simply google
“corporate military recruiting program” or “corporate veteran recruiting
program” to see what else comes up. 

Join the
website LinkedIn to
access groups devoted to transitioning military or veterans.  Recruiters
at companies that want to hire military often post job openings in the groups
and you can connect with them and send them messages through the site.

Similarly,
the Hero2Hired site
features industry groups where veterans and employers can interact and
recruiters post jobs.

Check out as
many veteran career fairs as possible.  Get connected with veteran service
organizations like Hope For The
Warriors
® as many have employment programs and connections with employers
wanting to hire veterans.  Here in Massachusetts, there are career centers
statewide each with a veteran’s representative to work with you. 
Sometimes employers connect with these reps to conduct recruiting/hiring events
with the veterans the rep is working with.  The VA vocational rehab folks
are another similar resource. 

If you are in
the Guard or Reserves, your state’s branch of ESGR (Employer Support of the
Guard and Reserves) may be able to connect you to employers in touch with their
offices to hire from the Guard and Reserves.  Find your state’s contact here
Our Mass ESGR office has an email list featuring job postings and career fairs
and sometimes organizes events with employers to meet service members.

For tips on
how to research these companies further and contact them, please attend my
webinar on using the website LinkedIn for job searching on Tuesday, August 20th
at 5:30 pm EST. 
You’ll need good internet connection and a way to listen
– either with a headset or computer speakers.  Contact Katie Tame at ktame@hopeforthewarriors.org for
more information or to sign up for the webinar.
 

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