Health problems or other existing issues covered by the federal government
Financial assistance may be available for training or educational classes
Services and programs are available for experts to help employers understand and overcome issues related to hiring veterans, but it has been difficult to bring employers to educational programs to give them the information they need. Experts believe there is a gap in communications. Materials are not unified in look, a bit technical in their style, and don’t include an emotional impact.
Program Proposal: Through compelling communication, close the knowledge gap of employers regarding hiring military veterans and inspire employers to think first and favorably about hiring a returning soldier. (Capture the positive emotion of the Freedom Awards.)
Use a census of returning soldiers to best target communication and awareness of area employers.
Identify a speaker’s bureau of soldiers and employers who can tell a compelling story and engage employers.
Partner with the state’s Chambers of Commerce to deliver an awareness outreach program to interest employers in hiring veterans.
Develop compelling materials, including video, Power point and print, for delivery at Chamber meetings or for distribution by business groups, including Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
Drive employers to effective web sites for information.
Explore partnering with unions or others with apprenticeship programs.
Provide easy to use guide to veterans and employers to translate military jargon to civilian industries.
Recruit HR professionals to volunteer to work with veterans to develop more effective resumes.
Develop a mentoring program by employers to serve veterans.
Develop a public relations outreach plan to connect great stories with reporters.
Explore legal means of suggesting preferential screening of veteran’s resumes.
Develop a “gold star” veteran friendly employer sign up and identification.
Work with agencies or volunteers that will provide some pro-bono/in-kind communication services.
Engage business, education, and veterans groups to help: Iowa Business Council (IBC), Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI), the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, etc.
Iowa Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
Iowa Workforce Development
Greater Des Moines Partnership, Iowa Chamber Alliance
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