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Brandman to host veteran hiring training

November 24, 2015 by Brandman University

Untapped human capitol: why a veteran might be your next best hire.

The Employment Development Department (EDD) Workforce Services and the Employer Advisory Council (EAC) of Orange County will host a training seminar for employers on how to recruit and hire U.S. military veterans. This three-hour seminar will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2015, beginning at 8 a.m. at Brandman University (16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618).

In today’s labor market, employers not only seek applicants who are job ready, but who possess soft skills. Employers, oftentimes, do not realize veterans possess these skills; and, as a result, veterans become an untapped pool of viable job candidates. Soft skills traits may include adaptability, critical thinking, team work, effective communication skills, and leadership, all of which are ingrained in veterans from the first day of basic training until the day they complete their service.

“This seminar will be beneficial to all employers, but most importantly to any federal contractor or any employers interested in becoming federal contractors, in order to meet federal compliance guidelines in hiring veterans.” States Stewart Lerner, President of the EAC Orange County Chapter. “The seminar, itself, was developed based upon EAC membership survey responses and staff with the EDD Veterans Program tailored this presentation to address many of the questions employers cited on their surveys about hiring veterans.”

The speakers, EDD staff representing the Workforce Services’ Veterans Program in Orange County will provide their insights on how to understand military jargon and mannerisms so employers can ascertain the veteran job seeker’s skills and ability. “Most veterans speak in the sense of “team,” and do not address their individualized efforts to complete tasks,” states Frank Fletcher, Local Veterans Employer Representative (LVER) at the Santa Ana One Stop Center. “When recruiters understand the concept of “individualized efforts” and “team” as defined by the military, then during interviews recruiters will know to ask additional questions to build upon the veteran’s response.”

The seminar will cover:

  • Statistical overview on Orange County regional employer hiring data.
  • Examples and case scenarios on translating military jargon into job titles and duties and how to use available cross-walks to decipher military classifications into civilian job titles.
  • Disputing the myths of veterans that lead to the general populous beliefs that all veterans have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries.
  • The benefits of hiring veterans, with emphasis on soft skills learned in the military.
  • Interpreting body language and communication nuances (military protocol) when interviewing veterans.
  • Best practices to showcase local companies who have established policies for the recruitment and hiring of veterans.

The cost of the seminar is $20 and includes the presentation handout, a resource guide tailored to hiring veterans, which includes URL links to various veteran-related programs and services. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit veteran job seekers pursuing employment.

The EDD Veteran’s Program assists veterans and eligible spouses to obtain employment and job training in California as well as provide priority services in job referrals. EDD Veteran Program staff work directly with employers to find ideal veteran candidates to fill their available positions.

The Employer Advisory Council was created to develop a stronger partnership between the EDD and the business community. Its commitment is to assist employers in conducting their business more effective and efficiently, to provide information on employment-related issues, and to enhance the communication between the EDD and the private sector. For more information about the Orange County EAC, call 714-794-4253.

Brandman University was named Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 by Military Times and has been ranked consistently on an annual basis in the U.S. News and World Report as a veteran-friendly institution.


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