Benefits of Hiring Guardsmen and Reservists

Hiring a Guardsman or a Reservist makes good business sense.  These are disciplined and skilled workers who display pride, leadership, responsibility and professionalism in what they do. They understand the mission of their civilian jobs and make it a priority to get results, all while displaying a strong work ethic.  Service members often possess advanced skills, certifications and education and are more valuable employees and service members are an essential element in sustaining the All-Volunteer Force for the future.

The United States benefits from the contributions of those willing to depart the comforts of home to answer the call of duty.  Our service members carry out missions compatible with training, mobilization readiness, humanitarian and contingency operations here in the United States as well as in many countries all over the world. Support at home helps them focus on those missions.

Employers interested in hiring Guardsmen and Reservists can participate in the Department of Defense Hero 2 Hired (H2H) program.  H2H is a comprehensive employment program that partners with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Employment Center (https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/benefits/jobs) with a powerful job search site and online community that is 100 percent free for veterans, service members and employers.  Employers can search Veteran profiles, post jobs and make a commitment to hiring Veterans, National Guardsmen and Reservists, and transitioning Service members through the Veterans Employment Center (https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/benefits/jobs).  Within the VEC website, employers can visit the Employer Section to search résumés, post jobs, and learn how veterans can help your organization. For a tutorial video on how to use the VEC, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWfhI-eSoWk.

H2H has Employment Coordinators provide quality career readiness assistance to National Guard and Reserve Service members preparing for their next civilian career (e.g., resume assistance, interviewing skills, etc.). Each State, Territory and the District of Columbia has an H2H Employment Coordinator assigned who can assist with VEC enrollment and local employment resources go to: http://www.h2h.jobs/casemanagers.html.

Job Seeker Resources:

  • Military Skills Translator: Translate military occupational codes into their civilian skill equivalents and learn about related civilian career paths.
  • Profile Builder: Seamlessly import results from the skills translator into an online profile that users can download or publish to employers on the VEC.
  • Publishing your profile on the VEC instantly connects users to thousands of employers looking to hire Veterans.
  • Veterans Job Bank (VJB): The VJB allows users to search over 1.2 million jobs from the private sector and includes jobs in federal, state and local governments.

Employer Resources:

  • Veterans Job Bank (VJB): Easily post job opportunities that will be visible to and searchable by job seekers. The VJB links directly to the employer’s job listing, so any updates to an employer’s website are automatic and applicants are routed directly to your applicant tracking system.
  • Search Profiles: The VEC provides employers with access to a vault of verified career profiles from transitioning Service members, Veterans and their families. Employers can search these profiles by keyword and/or geographic location to find the right fit for your organization.
  • Hiring Commitment: Launch your public relations campaign to hire Veterans by making a public hiring commitment on the VEC! You even have the option to state the number of Veterans you intend to hire and update your status in achieving your goal.
  • Other Resources: The VEC contains or links to a broad set of other informational resources designed to help you recruit and retain talented transitioning Service members, Veterans and their families, such as the new DoD SkillBridge pilot program to promote civilian job training for transitioning Service members.
  • Are you looking for even more reasons to hire a Guardsmen or Reservist? For a top ten list, click HERE.

Hiring a Reservist or a Guardsman makes good business sense.  These are disciplined and skilled workers who display pride, leadership, responsibility and professionalism in what they do.  They understand the mission of their civilian jobs and make it a priority to get results, all while displaying a strong work ethic.  Service members often possess advanced skills, certifications and education and are more valuable employees and service members - an essential element in sustaining the All-Volunteer Force for the future.

The United States benefits from the contributions of those willing to depart the comforts of home to answer the call of duty.  Our service members carry out missions compatible with training, mobilization readiness, humanitarian and contingency operations here in the United States as well as in many countries all over the world. Support at home helps them focus on those missions.

Are you looking for even more reasons to hire a Reservist or Guardsmen? For a top ten list, click HERE.

To find your supporting H2H Employment Coordinator, go to: http://www.h2h.jobs/casemanagers.html.