The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of a new online toolkit to guide employers through the process for hiring veterans. The free toolkit is designed to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives.
employers have told us that they are interested in developing or enhancing a
veterans hiring initiative for their company, but that they don’t know where to
begin,” said Ray Jefferson, assistant secretary
for the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. “This toolkit
was created with these employers in mind. It’s designed to simplify the process
and put valuable, vetted resources at the employer’s fingertips.”
as part of the department’s “America’s Heroes at Work” initiative, the Veterans
Hiring Toolkit features a straightforward six-step process pinpointing helpful
tools for a business to design a veterans hiring initiative. These steps
include creating an educated and welcoming environment for veteran employees;
actively recruiting veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses; learning
how to accommodate qualified veterans and wounded warriors in the workplace;
and promoting an inclusive workplace to help retain veteran employees.
veterans, including those experiencing the ‘invisible’ wounds of war like
traumatic brain injury and combat stress, are an important segment of the
disability population that needs our support when transitioning to civilian
employment,” said Kathleen Martinez, assistant
secretary for the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
final section of the toolkit features a quick reference list of reputable
online resources to help users find and welcome talented and skilled veterans
into their companies. Examples include links to veterans’ employment service
organizations, places to receive consultations on workplace accommodations and
answers to common employer questions about hiring veterans and wounded
warriors. Whether users are looking to create a veterans’ hiring program from
scratch or retool existing efforts, the toolkit can help them design and implement
a customized initiative.
access the toolkit, visit www.AmericasHeroesAtWork.gov/forEmployers/HiringToolkit.
DOL Launches Veterans Hiring Toolkit
October 29, 2010