May 8, 2015 – TalentRISE, a Chicago-based executive search firm, has partnered with ConnectVETS in an effort to help U.S. military veterans more effectively transition to the civilian workforce, enable employers to better connect with this experienced talent pool and, if applicable, meet the new regulations for veteran hiring.
“Our clients are telling us that what works for recruiting a civilian workforce clearly is not working as well for employers seeking to recruit the roughly 2.8 million men and women who have transitioned from military to civilian life over the past dozen years,” said Carl Kutsmode, managing partner at TalentRISE.
“Employers need to fundamentally rethink their recruitment approach for this population, from targeted outreach and compliance tracking to re-writing job descriptions so transferable skills are effectively matched. Training recruiters and hiring managers, and adjusting on-boarding and cultural assimilation programs to ensure a high-touch experience, are critically important components to effectively attract and engage this valuable talent pool."
In September of 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published an amendment to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating in employment against protected veterans and requiring them to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote and retain these veterans.
“The new government mandates for federal contractors is creating added employer pressure around compliance to meet a seven percent of workforce veteran hiring goal over the next few years,” said Emily Garrity, co-founder of ConnectVETS.
“Our mission is to remove barriers to employment for veterans and employers. We believe TalentRISE’s strategic approach and deep expertise in specialized talent acquisition coupled with our industry insights and veteran career transition coaching will more effectively address these military recruitment challenges through tailored consulting, training and recruiting solutions.”
Founded in 2007, ConnectVETS is a national non-profit organization dedicated to holistically building the bridge to connect transitioning service members, guardsmen, reservists, veterans and their spouses to private sector employment opportunities.
As management consultants with expertise in talent acquisition, talentRISE helps clients address their recruiting challenges by optimizing internal corporate recruiting capabilities and delivering customized on-demand or retained executive search services.