In honor of Veterans Day we remember the men and women who have served our country. We must continue our commitment to take care of our Veterans and support them to prepare, find and secure civilian employment. Partnership between the organizations serving Veterans - including those living with disabilities - and employers is the key to successfully engaging our Veterans in the workforce.
As a member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I am committed to supporting our Arlington employers to hire qualified Veterans, including Veterans with Disabilities, into their workforce.
Employers, do you need assistance in locating qualified Veterans/Veterans with Disabilities for your organization? Are you interested in developing or enhancing a Veterans hiring initiative for your company but don't know where to begin?
Here are some resources to help you locate Veterans seeking job opportunities:
U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor developed a toolkit that is designed to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include transitioning Service Members, Veterans and Wounded Warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives. Whether you are looking to create a plan from scratch or retool existing efforts, I encourage you to reference this guide and design an initiative that works for you.
Visit www.americasheroesatwork.gov/forEmployers/HiringToolkit for additional information.
The Arlington Employment Center
Additional resources available to the Arlington community include the Arlington Employment Center. The Arlington Employment Center is a comprehensive one-stop employment center with a Veterans Representative/LVER of the Virginia Employment Commission onsite. William Marquez, the Veterans Representative/LVER positioned at the Arlington Employment Center, provides Veterans and service men and women transitioning into the civilian workforce, assistance with employment-related skills assessments, refers Veterans to resources such as resume workshops and skill development classes, and connects job-seeking Veterans with employers interested in hiring Veterans. William also assists with applying for VA benefits, education benefits and federal jobs, and other resources and programs available specifically for Veterans.
Anyone interested in learning more about services for Veterans and to hire Veterans should contact William Marquez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of Chamber members offer Employment Services, many of which incorporate programs for Veterans. Linden Resources provides employers with qualified Veterans with Disabilities candidates to fulfill jobs in any industry from landscaping to Tier I defense contracts. In existence since 2009, Linden’s Vets Ready2Work serves as a professional resource to employers and a piece of the solution to helping Veterans return to civilian life and strengthen their communities thru employment. For more information on Linden’s Vets Ready2Work program please go to www.Linden.org.