VEI Logo SizedIs your organization an NVTC member company dedicated to hiring and developing Veterans?  If so, you’ll want to read on!

The NVTC Foundation and the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) are seeking nominations for its second annual VEI Veteran Service Award, which honors an NVTC member company that has demonstrated a superlative level of engagement with the VEI and support of the Veteran and military community.

The award will recognize an NVTC company that goes the extra mile to hire transitioning military members, Veterans and their spouses into their corporate workforce. The most qualified nominations will come from companies that have not only hired Veterans, but also actively participate in the programs and services of the VEI and other Veteran-focused philanthropic and volunteer endeavours.

Submit a nomination for the VEI Veteran Service Award by November 3! The VEI Veteran Service Award will be presented at NVTC’s annual TechCelebration Banquet on December 11 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

For questions regarding the award, please contact VEI Executive Director Steve Jordon at 703-268-5145 or by email.

Congratulations to the MITRE Corporation, winner of the inaugural 2016 VEI Veteran Service Award!

MITRE

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On August 9, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that over 26,000 Veterans have been hired through the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program since its inception in 2014.

VEI Logo SizedThe NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) is proud to announce that NVTC member companies are responsible for over 6,000 of these Veteran hires!

The Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program is a Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Veterans Services Program. V3 helps employers understand, design and implement nationally recognized best practices in recruiting, hiring and retaining Veterans. Nearly early 600 companies and state and local governments are V3-certified promising to prioritize bringing Veteran talent into their organizations.

The VEI is a strategic partner with V3. V3 Northern Virginia Program Manager Rick Ferry sits on the VEI Task Force and VEI Executive Director Steve Jordon sits on the V3 Veterans Workforce Steering Committee.

Micron Event 080317 v2Currently 35 NVTC member companies are V3-certified and that number continues to grow. Micron is the latest NVTC member to be certified just last week (photo, left).

In 2015 and 2016, NVTC was honored by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services with the V3 Commonwealth Award. The Commonwealth Awards are presented to strategic partners and supporters of the Virginia Values Veterans V3 Program who have made significant contributions to the operation, strategy, and mission of the V3 Program and who have used their expertise to help make Virginia the most Veteran-friendly state in nation to work.

Interested in becoming V3-certified? Contact Steve Jordon or Rick Ferry to learn more.

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VEI Recruiter Contest is Live!

January 9th, 2017 | Posted by Alexa Magdalenski in Veterans - (Comments Off)

VEI Logo SizedWin a Microsoft Surface Pro 4!

Contest runs January 9 – February 16, 2017

Calling all NVTC recruiters! NVTC’s Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) is excited to announce its first VEI Recruiter Contest. The contest aims to promote the expanded use of NovaTechVets.org, a free NVTC Veteran talent resource created by Monster.com to connect NVTC member companies with job-seeking Veterans. The recruiter with the most Veteran resume views on NovaTechVets.org from January 9, 2017 through February 16, 2017 will win a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet donated by Microsoft, an NVTC member company and VEI supporter. Resume views of Veteran candidates will be tracked by Monster.com to determine the highest number performed by a single recruiter during the six weeks. An update of the top five users will be announced each Friday during the contest starting on January 13, 2017.

Win a $25 Gift Card to Your Favorite American Restaurant Group Eatery!

All NVTC recruiters who create and use new accounts on NovaTechVets.org will be automatically entered into a weekly random drawing for a $25 gift card to Great American Restaurants. A winner will be chosen every Friday during the contest from January 9, 2017 through February 16, 2017.

Establishing a New VEI Recruiter Account is Easy!

1. Go to NovaTechVets.org.

2. Click on Employers in the upper right of the page.

3. Click on Request Account and fill out the simple application.

4. Your NVTC membership will be validated and account approved by the next business day.

Already have a VEI recruiter account? We thank you for your continued commitment to hiring Veterans! Please take a moment to share this blog post with other NVTC recruiters in your network and encourage them to establish their own account. Increasing our VEI Recruiter User Group is critical in helping Veterans connect to your career opportunities. The best thing you can to do for our Veterans and your company is to hire them! Contest Runs January 9 – February 16, 2017

Questions? Email VEI Director Steve Jordon at sjordon@nvtc.org.

Membership in NVTC is required to participate. Contest winners will be contacted by the VEI Director and announced in weekly updates to the VEI Recruiter User Group.

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Monster and Military.com Release 2016 Veterans Talent Index

November 29th, 2016 | Posted by Alexa Magdalenski in Veterans - (Comments Off)

VEI Logo SizedOn Nov. 10, Monster Worldwide Inc. and Military.com released their 2016 Veterans Talent Index survey illustrating over five years of data from Veterans and employers on Veteran recruiting, hiring and retention. Here are some of our key takeaways from the Index:

For employers, understanding Veterans’ unique experiences and skill sets is critical in recruiting and retaining Veterans. Veteran job seekers should be able to confidently articulate their own skill sets and military experiences and take advantage of resources like military skill translators and job coaching to do so.

  • 78% of employers surveyed responded that Veteran skills are relevant to civilian careers; but 48% of employers want a better translation of military skills into jobs

Employers have an opportunity to promote new career paths based on emerging technologies and areas of need. Employers should find new ways to inspire Veterans to these focus areas. Employers also have an opportunity to create programs to support hired Veterans that will set them apart from other companies.

  • 39% of Veterans are trying to figure out what to do for their next career
  • 53% of Veterans are seeking organizations that are “Veteran-friendly”
  • 43% of employers have Veteran-specific mentoring programs in place, up from 26% in 2014

Veterans are utilizing digital platforms in their job searches more than ever. Employers should continue to use on online recruiting channels and leverage the online networks of nonprofits and other organizations to reach and engage new candidates.

  • 54% of Veterans surveyed have used Facebook on their mobile device to look for jobs
  • 42% of Veterans have used Military.com as a preferred resource

The growing role nonprofits serve as a pipeline to Veteran candidates for employers was another key theme in this years’ Talent Index. Veteran candidates are working with nonprofits more than ever, alongside with Veteran Support Organizations and government agencies, to find employment opportunities. For the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI), this reflects a growing opportunity to bolster partnerships with more member companies to work together and fill critical positions with Veterans.

Here are some of the ways VEI is leveraging opportunities in the 2016 Veterans Talent Index:

  • Hosting Veteran Recruiting Days, VETWORKING events  and transition summits at local military bases and companies in the region:
    • These events not only connect Veterans with prospective employers, they also provide a setting for companies to meet with Veterans in an important mentoring and job coaching capacity. VEI has engaged NVTC member companies across the spectrum of its programming.
      • In the last three years, over 650 Veterans have attended VEI’s Recruiting Days.
  • Building strong partnerships across the private, government and academic sectors:
    • VEI continues to galvanize a strong network including NVTC member companies, regional universities, nonprofits, policymakers, Virginia Veteran organizations like Virginia Values Veterans (V3) and military bases in the National Capital region.
  • Creating student Veteran internship opportunities:
    • The VEI Scholars Program connects student Veterans from our region’s colleges and universities with meaningful work-based experiences at NVTC member companies. Companies can identify their skill set needs and be matched with a Veteran candidate who fits those needs.
  • Promoting novatechvets.org:
    • VEI’s novatechvets.org Veteran career site (operated by Monster and Military.com) currently hosts over 7,000 open jobs at NVTC member companies and has a database of over 950,000 Veteran resumes.
    • The site also has a military skills translator for Veterans to match their skills to civilian jobs and other educational resources.

Learn more about the VEI’s mission and programs here.

Click here to view the full Monster and Military.com 2016 Veterans Talent Index survey.

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As a benefit of NVTC membership, all NVTC member companies get the following veteran recruiting tools for FREE through the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative:

  • Job Ad Postings – Post an unlimited number of job ad postings on www.novatechvets.org. Jobs can be posted individually or scraped from your existing job board. NVTC members’ job postings will reach an expanded audience through U.S. Tech Vets, the online community we launched in January 2014 with Monster, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and 10 other national technology associations, since jobs posted to www.novatechvets.org site are cross-posted on U.S. TePicture1ch Vets.
  • Veteran Resumes – Search the nation’s largest veteran resume database of more than 970,000 resumes.  NoVaTechVets provides employers access to nearly twice as many resumes in its veteran resume database than available through other veteran job boards.
  • Better Site Functionality NoVaTechVets leverages Monster Power Resume Search technology, a unique, award winning technology that enables recruiters find the right candidate with the right skills faster than traditional keyword search tools found in most veteran job board.  This can cut the time to find the right candidate by as much as 40% over other job search tools.
  • Resources and Training – With NoVaTechVets, recruiters can participate in monthly training through live web conference where they can hone their online search skills. Upcoming training webinars are scheduled for Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. (Email veterans@nvtc.org to recieve dial in information.) NoVaTechVets also provides free access to recruiter research library containing helpful instructional videos and other information.

An NVTC member buying unlimited veteran job postings and a single nationwide veteran resume search license from one of the top five veteran job boards could expect to pay between $8,000 and $18,000 depending on features.

Note: This price range includes just one recruiter resume search license. With NoVaTechVets, your company can have multiple recruiter accounts/veteran resume search licenses. For many NVTC members, especially for small and medium sized businesses, the money you can save in veteran recruiting expenses equals more than your annual member dues.

Don’t wait to take advantage of this valuable NVTC member benefit! Sign up for a recruiter account today!

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Helping Veterans and Companies Innovate

January 8th, 2014 | Posted by Allison Gilmore in Veterans - (Comments Off)

NVTC partners with CEA and national technology associations to launch USTechVets.org

NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg speaks at the U.S. Tech Vets launch in Las Vegas on Jan. 8, 2014.

NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg speaks at the U.S. Tech Vets launch in Las Vegas on Jan. 8, 2014.

When we launched the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative in August 2013, at an event that included supporting remarks from Gov. Bob McDonnell and Sen. Mark Warner, our goal was to support our member companies in their efforts to hire, train and retain qualified veteran employees. The NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative is about bringing together the technology business community with academic institutions and policymakers to create an ecosystem where veterans’ valuable skills and talents are matched to private sector needs.

Our member companies believe overall workforce development is one of the greatest long-term challenges facing our technology community. Over the last six months, hundreds of NVTC members have signed on to the Initiative because they recognize that veterans have tremendously valuable skills and experience, such as leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, problem-solving, quick-thinking and experience working in a mission-focused environment.

Now, we’re delighted to be partnering with Monster, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and 10 other national technology associations to expand this effort nationally, with the goal of connecting thousands more veterans with jobs in the technology sector. Launched today at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, U.S. Tech Vets expands upon NVTC’s online resource and job board, with the addition of jobs from 10 other national technology associations. NVTC member companies will see their jobs reaching an expanded audience through this new site, since jobs posted to NVTC’s www.novatechvets.org site will be cross posted on the new site…for FREE!

There’s never been a better time to get involved in the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative. Find out more at www.nvtc.org/veterans or email us at veterans@nvtc.org.

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