The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Subject to the rules and exceptions discussed below, USERRA guarantees an employee returning from military service or training the right to be reemployed at his or her former job (or as nearly comparable a job as possible) with the same benefits. Aspects of the law may change over time. Every effort will be made to keep the information provided up-to-date.
USERRA applies to virtually all employers, regardless of size, including the Federal Government. While the information presented herein applies primarily to private employers, there are parallel provisions in the statute that apply to Federal, State and Local Government employers. Specific questions should be addressed to the State director of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service listed in the government section of the telephone directory under U.S. Department of Labor.
Information about USERRA is also available on the Internet. An interactive system, The USERRA Advisor, answers many of the most-often-asked questions about the law. It can be found in the “elaws” section of the Department of Labor’s home page at www.dol.gov/elaws/userra.htm.
The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense agency that provides free USERRA education, consultation and, if necessary, informal mediation services. ESGR has Ombudsmen available to answer USERRA questions and respond to employment disputes related to military service. Call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.esgr.org.
Hope you find this information valuable and utilize these resources!
A Guide to the Uniformed Services
Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
As recruiters and hiring managers learn more about the military culture and experience, the bridge to hiring more Veterans into civilian careers directly from Active duty or Active Reserve is built.
In order to keeps flow of traffic coming from the Veteran to the civilian world certain tools and skills need to be acquired as well as current trends and resources in hiring. The days of the paper resume and cover letters being dropped off at the front desk are gone. That technology has decreased our degrees of separation is an understatement! Social connection and the technology we use to find “things”; jobs, gas stations, points on a map are a reality.
Facts and figures fly around and recruiters are guided by them. A theory that has always seemed to work exceptionally well for the team of recruiters I have worked with in the past is called the “pond theory” of candidates.
If I were tasked with finding the largest, smartest, fastest and most innovative fish the “pond theory” of recruitment would dictate I go to the biggest body of water in which I could potentially find this supreme fish. If that theory is applied to recruitment, in a much generalized comparison, a jobseeker needs to be in that pool. Jobseekers need to think like recruiters and put themselves in the line of fire.
A question always comes up from candidates, “How do I get noticed by a recruiter?. You network! Again the next all too familiar question is, “Where do I network?”. The answers to this question are varied depending upon the industry, location and specific career path. Just like a recruiter, you must put down a strategy to be found. As I write the series for the corporate recruiters on where and how to find Veteran candidates, a strategy that I have always wanted to throw out to Veterans is how to think and target your job search. This is far from the generic job search strategy because it’s from inside the recruitment camp.
In the next few blogs I will amp up the search muscle by providing you some inside resources and actual search tools to learn that will hopefully get you in front of the recruiters eyeballs and on the phone to interview.
Know where to look and be found online
Online and mobile is the name of this recruitment world and it’s not going away. Kelton Research recently release data indicating 4 out of 5 jobseekers use a mobile device of some kind to search for a job. If the job seeker is using a mobile device then we can only assume the company has a mobile recruitment page and is targeting these 5 people to actively engage them in apply.
Networking is the key factor in decision making for recruiters. If you can find them, engage and have a conversation via the major tools available you have just differentiated yourself from the candidate who posts there resume in a non-human Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and waits to get a call.
Recruiters can be found:
Join Linked In, create a professional profile. Here is a link to mine so you can see that more information is better than less: Linked In Profile. Get recommendations and give them to others.
Search Groups at the top of the page and type in your industry or a keyword for a local organization like, Greater Baton Rouge Society of Human Resource Professionals. Wham, you have just landed in the middle of the hiring gurus. Now connect, engage and ask questions and for heaven’s sake don’t be afraid because you don’t know or seem inexperienced! Every day is something new and what you will learn you may just be able to help another Veteran down the road.
Companies have gotten on board with recruiting and have social media managers that actively prowl their Facebook Fanpages for comments and brand reputation management. If you find a company that is of interest to you, post on their page and ask how to get an interview or who is the smartest recruiter in their company! That should be a fun conversation.
Twitter is really a great source and number one for recruitment referrals right now outside of employee referrals. Search on Twitter the hashtag: #jobs. Take note of who the people are posting these 140 words and follow them. Look at their lists and see who they are following and follow them. Then get in the conversation and engage them in their expertise. Ask for a referrals to someone who knows someone who heard about an open position for a fisherman or engineer or recruiter! Be bold and jump in the middle of all of it, the worst you can do is have to ask for help and refine your strategy. Oh, be polite, always!
That’s a lot of information and things to do for the first post but it should get you jump started in some real tools that will make a difference. If you have questions or aren’t hitting the target, drop me a note and I will point you to one of the great recruiters from Bradley-Morris, Inc. or answer it myself. Happy Career hunting and stay tuned for more tips from the inside!
Shane K. Bernard has done his homework and this blog Bayou Teche Dispatches: August 2010. is a great read!
Happy Friday and enjoy!
As military men and women begin the next chapter of their lives, entrepreneurship is an appealing option. In fact, 45% of Veterans start their own businesses after their military service is completed. Their commitment to excellence, attention to detail, strategic planning skills, and focus on success are the same traits that make business-owners successful.
FastTrac NewVenture helps aspiring and startup entrepreneurs to determine the viability of their business concepts and enables them to engineer a plan and a framework to successfully launch their companies.
FastTrac GrowthVenture is for existing business owners who have already enjoyed some measure of success. It provides the tools and support to carefully review and evaluate important aspects of their firms, explore next stage growth and opportunities, and reshape companies for future profitability and improved performance.
These courses are being offered to Veterans in various cities across the United States including:
Houston (Dates TBD)
Kansas City (April 11, 2012 – June 13, 2012)
North Carolina near Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg (Dates TBD)
San Diego (April 24, 2012 – June 26, 2012)
Additional date & location forthcoming
Washington D.C. (May 8, 2012 – July 10, 2012)
Online (Dates TBD)
FastTrac courses for Veterans will help you use your unique skills to:
• Transition to a post-military career through entrepreneurship.
• Utilize the skills gained through military service to build a cohesive business platform.
• Leverage leadership skills.
The courses will teach you how to plan for your business, network with other entrepreneurs, plan for strategic growth, and more. Live, webinar-based courses, as well as in-classroom courses will be available. Both courses, each of which is 30 hours in duration, will run over 10 consecutive weeks and be taught by FastTrac certified Facilitators .
Applicants must show proof of active military or Veteran status with your military ID card or Form DD-214. Please bring proof with you to the first day of class. Also, applicants must either have an idea for a business or be operating an existing business.
Would you like to know when classes are available in your area?Click here to be added to our email list.
Additional Course Information
April 11, 2012 – June 13, 2012
6:00 – 9:00PM
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
April 24, 2012 – June 26, 2012
6:00 – 9:00PM
Pangea Green Center
4689 Convoy Street
San Diego, CA 92111
May 8, 2012 – July 10, 2012
4:00 – 7:00PM
National Veterans Center
2013 H Street, NW
2nd Floor Suite
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
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