McLean, Va - Military.com will be featured in an important discussion about veteran employment on Capitol Hill today.
Terry Howell, Senior Director for Strategic Alliances and Editorial Operations for Military.com and a retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer, will provide expert testimony to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity for the House Committee on Veterans Affairs about the recruitment and retention of veterans in the workplace as well as the role technology plays in today's veteran employment landscape.
Military.com and parent company Monster Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: MWW) have worked tirelessly to provide quality tools and solutions that help ensure veterans and their families have the ability to compete for quality jobs on a level playing field.
While many employers are seeking to hire veterans and many veterans are eager to find work after their service, there are still gaps in communication, skills translation and transition preparedness.
"We found that employers' level of commitment to developing veteran specific hiring processes, online veteran portals and awareness campaigns has a direct impact on veteran employment. The best employers for veterans have trained their human resources staff and recruiters on how to review veteran resumes, established techniques for interviewing veterans and created veteran-friendly work environments," said Howell.
Howell is expected to share information with the subcommittee about how innovation plays a critical role in veteran employment. He plans to point to tools like Military.com's award-winning Military Skills Translator and the online Transition Center as examples of how we can better prepare transitioning service members by harnessing the power of technology.
"The veterans who are most in need of support are those who joined the military as young people and are entering the civilian workforce for the first time. They simply don't know what to expect from a civilian hiring process, find it difficult to articulate how their military skills translate to the private sector and are consequently finding it hard to navigate a process that is so unfamiliar to them," said Howell.
Howell will stress to the subcommittee members how Military.com and Monster believe that the private sector, non-profit sector and government agencies can work together to increase awareness, provide tools and incentives and align military training with civilian certification to affect positive veteran hiring and retention, now and in the future.