News of Note

How does military experience bridge the skills gap?

The skills gap is one of the most talked about trends in hiring. Talent acquisition professionals are scrambling to find the right candidate in a skills biased market. Are you losing to your business competitors because you can’t find the skills to grow your business? If you’ve considered veterans as a solution, you might ask… Read more »

Military Intangibles – Discipline, Teamwork, Leadership – The Icing or the Cake?

On Veterans Day, a link to an article in “The Atlantic” was posted on some social media sites I follow. Help Veterans by Taking Them Off the Pedestal is an interesting perspective on side-effects from the current national pride in our military. While anyone who served in the Vietnam War might argue on the contrast… Read more »

Talking Military Talent and Leadership with Jeffrey Clark, CEO of Anthony International

Talented leaders in the middle management ranks are the key players in business execution. They’re Jeffrey Clark’s go-to people for helping his team serve their customers. Serving customers well is how Clark rose to CEO and how Anthony International grew from a $30M to a $350M revenue business. Winning in business is about great people… Read more »

Know your KPAs to better hire military

Hiring Veterans is great for business (see this study by the Center for a New American Security for an example proof point) and is being actively encouraged at the highest levels in our country. Our CEO, Sandy Morris, who was invited to the second anniversary of the Joining Forces initiative at the White House, can… Read more »

Analytics, a Military Talent Scout and Performance DNA

I consider myself a military talent scout, so when I saw Kurt Ballard’s blog, Using Analytics to Win the War for Talent, I was easily hooked. I didn’t read Moneyball, but I did enjoy the movie. As much as I would like to identify with Brad Pitt, I’m more of a Jonah Hill, the numbers… Read more »

Action Learning in the Military

Business leadership and military leadership share many people development ideas. GE is considered one of the best (if not *the* best) leader developers in corporate America. I enjoyed a recent leadership development podcast on CEO Talk Radio with Noel Tichy. Noel ran GE’s Crotonville leadership campus and was responsible for incorporating action learning. The idea… Read more »

Ally in the War for Talent

Over the past 5 quarters, I have personally observed that a much more competitive hiring climate for technical and engineering candidates has developed. Increased competition for leadership in production and maintenance is also on the rise. Is the “war for talent” heating up? Dr. John Sullivan recently posted on, The War for Talent is Returning;… Read more »

Congratulations to the 2011 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military®, where America’s military connects with civilian careers, recently announced the 2011 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military winners. Congratulations to all the military friendly companies who earned this distinction!  

An Update on claiming WOTC for Hiring Veterans

On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, or H.R. 4853 (there’s a mouthful!).  It provided a two year extension of many tax cuts enacted under the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA). However, much to my disappointment,… Read more »

Transition from military to civilian job requires tapping multiple resources

There is a good article in the Austin American-Statesman about hiring military from the candidates’ perspective. Both job seekers featured in the piece are Bradley-Morris, Inc. candidates – one who is in the process of job hunting (Dan Barnhart, pictured), and one who succeeded in his job search (Tedd Schonsheck). Tedd’s military experience contributed immensely… Read more »