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Remembering 9/11 and Supporting Mobilized Guard and Reserve Members

With all the events this weekend in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, I couldn’t help but think about not only those who died on that day, but the military members who were subsequently called to respond. By September 2001 I had completed a transition from active military duty to civilian employment,… Read more »

Mentoring Military Veterans – A Unique Approach

When I’ve spoken to groups or individual employers about retaining veterans and developing sponsorship and mentoring programs, I’ve repeatedly encountered two situations where I’ve struggled to offer a solution: A business that has few veteran employees to be mentors to incoming transitioning service members A former service member who would like to mentor other veterans… Read more »

Congratulations to the 2011 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military®

CivilianJobs.com, 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!  

Which Holiday Does Your Company Observe: MLK Day or Veterans Day?

The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) conducted a recent survey of holiday practices and found that three in ten employers (30 percent) will give all or most workers a paid holiday on Monday, January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King Day. It got me to wondering how many companies offer their employees a paid… Read more »

Creative Ways to Recruit Veterans to Your Workforce Part 2: On-The-Job Training Programs

In this series of blogs I am exploring some creative ways that employers can “test drive” veterans before hiring them and that veterans can explore civilian careers. The first blog addressed internships. This blog reviews on-the-job-training programs. Every company has certain categories of positions that are in constant need of filling. Whether those positions are… Read more »

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11th – How is Your Company Planning to Remember your Veteran-Employees?

Many companies make a special effort to acknowledge Women’s History Month, or African American/Native American/Hispanic American History Month – often with celebrations, or posters acknowledging those groups’ contributions to the culture and diversity of the organization. Yet, when Veterans Day rolls around…companies are strangely silent. Let’s chalk that up to an assumption that companies want… Read more »

Let a Flat Daddy Show You Care

Another fantastic suggestion that originates from Elaine Dumler’s book “I’m Already Home…Again –  Keeping Your Family Close While On Assignment or Deployment“, is a Flat Daddy(TM).  Since many deployments last anywhere from 6 months to 15 months, children of service members lose a sense of connection to the deployed parent.  A Flat Daddy is a… Read more »

Supporting Mobilized Employees

Do you have employees who also serve in the Guard or Reserve?  These days it’s often not a question of “if” but “when” they  will be mobilized for military service.  You probably also have employees who are married to military members or who are the parent of a young service member.  You may be wondering… Read more »