“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory?” -President Wilson 1919
In the 92 years since those words were spoken, Armistice Day has become Veteran’s Day. We have fought 3 more wars and many more “peace-keeping missions” and the group of veterans, have emerged with one of the highest unemployment rates in our nation.
More than 14% of our military returning from Iraq & Afghanistan are unemployed. For those that would be otherwise just entering the workforce(19-24) that statistic jumps to an astonishing 1:5 or 20% unemployment. As we compared both to the national average of 9.1% – its clear that we have some real issues with integrating military professionals into the corporate world.
Behind the scenes, conversations have been flying among vendors how they can do something that will really help – on a large enough scale to make a difference. Two of the industry leaders in the Talent Acquisition space jumped first and have this week announced plans to help get America’s Veterans back to work.
Yesterday, social recruitment marketing platform Jobs2Web announced the launch of Jobs2Vets – A tool specifically designed to help bridge the gap between military job titles and corporate roles. Free for both job seekers and clients of Jobs2Web, this system allows a military veteran to input their occupation code and will populate a list of jobs available at their client’s companies.
Next week, November 14-18, 2011, Monster.com and Military.com are teaming up for the “Veterans Virtual Career Fair“. So far, more than 10,700 veterans have registered to meet up with the roughly 35 companies that are registered. If you are a corporate hiring manager or human resource professional and are unsure how a particular military job title translates at your company – check out the “Military Skills Translator” on Military.com
Both are amazing contributions and will make a big difference in people’s lives.
But I challenge the Tier 1 ATS vendors out there to do something. The automatic rankings, screenings and matching in the systems done by technology is designed to “read” and rate based on job titles, descriptions, etc. Take the smart technology you have now, as well as the technology now available (like the Military.com translator) to make your technology smarter. Let’s make your technology really understand a military or government resume and automatically understand what it is a great fit with.
Job2Web & Monster can do it…Why can’t You?